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Mohammed el Gharani says thank you to the staff at Reprieve and all the people that have supported him during his time imprisoned in Guantanamo. Mohammed is finally free and with his family in Chad.
In March, Reprieve asked for supporters to send books to Mohammed el Gharani. Seized when he was only 14, Mohammed missed out on an education - but he loves reading, particularly history, and was keen to read ahead of his release.
We had a truly amazing response. The entire floor of one of our rooms at Reprieve was piled high with books, with many touching messages ...
The Human Face of Death Row, an exhibition exploring the human cost of the death penalty, is now open to the public following a successful launch night at the Oxo Gallery on London’s South Bank.
The exhibition, which runs until July 5th, is the result of a longstanding relationship between Claire Phillips, a British portrait artist, and Reprieve.
“A few years ago Reprieve brought Ryan and Pauline Mathews, whose portraits feature in the exhibition, over to England,” explains Phillips, the artist behind the project. “Pauline spoke of her experience of having her son come out of death row due ...
Listen to Libby Purves interview Claire Phillips about The Human Face of the Death Penalty on BBC Radio 4's Midweek.
Interviewing Mohammed el Gharani in Chad threw up some logistical challenges for Al Jazeera's film crew.
As Human Rights producer, I work closely with both Al Jazeera and Reprieve. So when our client Mohammed el Gharani was released to Chad earlier this month, I went along to help interview him about his experiences. But in Chad even the simplest of tasks can turn into a mammoth undertaking, and things don’t always go according to plan.
Our bad luck began almost as soon as we assembled the crew. With the cameraman and correspondent prepared and the car loaded with ...
Safe in Chad after his ordeal at Guantánamo, Mohammed el Gharani is finally free to enjoy simple pleasures.
For over seven years, the teenage Mohammed was forced to practise his football in his tiny cage in Guantánamo Bay. As a result, he excels at skills like kick-up which don't require much room.
So it was wonderful to see him stretching his legs, sprinting across the ground and testing out some long passes, enjoying his freedom with his family in Chad.
After this video was taken we played a game of five-a-side, with Reprieve on one team and Mohammed and ...
For Naheem Hussain and Rehan Zaman, the torment of being held for years without trial on Pakistan's death row has caused more damage than any beating.
Exactly five years ago, the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, two Britons, Naheem Hussain and Rehan Zaman, were in Dadyal Police Station, in Pakistan having been arrested on murder charges.
The police used their usual interrogation techniques. Rehan was hung upside down, in what is known as an inverse strappado, and had one of his finger nails pulled out. Naheem was tied to a chair and had red chillies rubbed ...
Coinciding with the UN's International Day in Support of Torture Victims, the initiative sees musicians and members of the public join together in silent protest against music torture.
Reprieve’s innovative zero dB campaign wants President Obama to explicitly ban music torture, and is now supported by many artists including Elbow, Massive Attack, Dizzee Rascal, Doves and MySpace.
zero dB aims to stop torture music by encouraging widespread condemnation of the practice and by calling on governments and the UN to enforce the Convention ...
The BBC’s revelations about prisoner abuse at the US prison at Bagram Airforce Base in Afghanistan are the latest in a long line of revelations about abuse at US prisons around the world.
President Obama told us that this sort of thing has stopped. Well, it hasn’t. Sadly, the Obama administration is up to the former administration’s familiar tricks, attempting to block the world from the truth. In April, a federal judge in Washington DC ordered that prisoners in Bagram should be allowed counsel, and the right to be heard in court; the Obama Administration refused to ...
The United States needs to understand how yet another unsatisfactorily explained death in its most infamous prison is going to be interpreted in the Muslim world.
To the prisoners at Guantánamo, Mohammed Ahmed Abdullah Saleh was simply known as Wadhah al-Abyani (Wadhah meaning ''one who clarifies'' and Abyan the place where he came from in Yemen). Last week, it was announced that he had apparently committed suicide in his cell.
After almost eight years in U.S. custody, Wadhah came home to his native Yemen in a coffin. He was no more than a few months older than I.
Government officials should be the first group covered by freedom of information laws, not the last - especially when it comes to criminal acts.
In the early days of Guantánamo Bay, the Bush Administration came up with an formidable wheeze: If a prisoner told his lawyer how he had been tortured, this had to remain classified, because it would reveal the “methods and means of his interrogation” by intelligence officers.
Like other lawyers, I would travel to Guantánamo and listen to tales of abuse from various prisoners. But we could say nothing as President Bush endlessly intoned his pious ...