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  1. Cortney Busch BW 2011

    Write a letter to a Guantánamo Bay prisoner

    Cortney Busch on 11 January 2011

    Today is the ninth anniversary of Guantánamo and 173 men - many of whom have been cleared for release by the US authorities for years - are still imprisoned.

    We are asking you to send one or more of them a letter to let them know that the world has not forgotten about them.

    Please address all letters to:

    Detainee Name
    Detainee ISN
    U.S. Naval Station
    Guantánamo Bay
    Cuba
    Washington, D.C. 20355
    United States of America

    Include a return address on the envelope.

    A sample of men to whom you can write:

    Abdul Razak (ISN 219). Abdul is ...

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    Iraq president “against the death penalty” but executions continue without his sign off

    Alex Laskowski on 22 December 2010

    Jalal Talabani has said that he will “not sign any death sentence” because he is against the death penalty.

    He is refusing to sign an execution order for Tariq Aziz, the former Iraqi foreign minister and one of Saddam Hussein’s closest confidantes, who was sentenced to death last month. The statement comes after calls from the Vatican and Russia to halt the execution on humanitarian grounds. Tariq Aziz is 74 years old and in poor health.

    Mr Talabani has never signed off on a death sentence but this has not stopped the Iraqi authorities from carrying out executions. For ...

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  3. Death row - table through window

    As the Wikileaks saga has reminded us, some governments like to keep secret that which is simply embarrassing.

    Alex Laskowski on 20 December 2010

    The Texas Department of Criminal Justice have likened anti-death penalty campaigners to terrorists and hostage-takers in a bid to keep State supplies of lethal injection drug secret.

    A Freedom of Information request was recently filed in Texas seeking information on the supplies of sodium thiopental, part of a lethal three-drug cocktail used to execute condemned prisoners. Lawyers for those who would be killed with the drugs wanted to know the quantities of the drug on hand, its expiration date, and the names of suppliers.

    Just how the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) plans to kill people should remain a ...

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  4. Cortney Busch BW 2011

    My first Guantánamo

    Cortney Busch on 14 December 2010

    Stepping off the plane onto the tarmac, we’re told to enter the gates, put our bags on the ground in front of us and stand with our backs against the wire-link fence. It's my first time at Guantánamo Bay.

    Dogs are brought through, sniffing each bag one by one.“Go,” we’re told as soon as our bags pass the sniff test. The three of us walk to the podium where they take our paperwork. “Welcome to Guantánamo!” the guard says waving us through the checkpoint.

    As a paralegal with Reprieve's Guantánamo team, this is my first ...

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    False hopes and real danger for Asia Bibi, a victim of Pakistan’s unjust blasphemy laws

    Eliana Zur-Szpiro on 07 December 2010

    Beaten, fined and sentenced to death, hopes are fading for Asia Bibi, a 45 year-old Christian mother of five and the first woman to be charged with blasphemy in Pakistan.

    Things were looking up for Asia last week when it was rumored that President Zardari would pardon her quickly and that a repeal of Pakistan's blasphemy laws was being considered. It now appears that both steps were thwarted by extremist voices within the government. In addition, the Lahore High Court blocked Asia's pardon, a move which undermines the constitutional power of the President to issue pardons and commute ...

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  6. Ciarán Suter

    Texas's death penalty on trial

    Ciaran Suter on 06 December 2010

    In a hearing due to start today Judge Kevin Fine will be asked to rule on whether the risk of executing an innocent person makes the death penalty in Texas unconstitutional.

    Judge Fine, state District Judge of Harris County (the county which sends more people to death row than any other in the United States) will examine the arguments put forward by the lawyers of John Edward Green, 25, who says he is innocent of a 2008 shooting in Houston.

    John Edward Green’s lawyers argue that "capital punishment schemes that create a 'substantial risk' that innocent people are wrongfully ...

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    The Big Give Christmas Challenge

    Matthew Leidecker on 06 December 2010

    Right now, giving money to Reprieve will result in double the dosh!

    THE BIG GIVE: CLICK HERE

    Watch a video of Reprieve lawyer Cori Crider at work in Yemen.

    To give you an idea of how much your support means to us, below are some examples of what we can do with your donation. 

    £10 pays for a mobile phone sim card for an investigator in Nairobi.
    (You donate just £5)
    £50 pays for a medical examination of a prisoner exonerated and released from death row.
    (You donate just £25)
    £100 pays for an hour of translation work on statements ...

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    Moazzam Begg – former Guantánamo prisoner helping the US State Department to close the prison

    Clive Stafford Smith on 02 December 2010

    This week’s disclosures by Wikileaks have been seen as an extended exercise in embarrassment. Yet some of the leaked cables bear positive news that should be shouted from the hilltops, rather than secreted in the bowels of the State Department.

    One such cable concerns my former client, Moazzam Begg. Dated January 15th 2010, emanating from the U.S. Embassy in Luxembourg, it reports on a visit Moazzam made to persuade Europeans to take in some of the Guantánamo Bay prisoners who had been cleared for release.

    “Mr. Begg is doing our work for us,” wrote the American diplomat. “And ...

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    Guatemala wobbles on the Death Penalty

    Maya Foa on 30 November 2010

    A summer of particularly violent unrest sparked renewed debates about capital punishment in Guatemala earlier this year. Right-wing political parties like the Libertad Democrática Renovada and Partido Patriota argued that reinstating the death penalty would act as deterrent to crime and help restore order in the troubled central American Republic.

    On the 5th of October, Guatemalan Congress approved a motion to reinstate capital punishment, a move which would have ended the country’s decade-old moratorium.

    One month later, however, on the eve of the World Day Against the Death Penalty, President Álvaro Colom vetoed the proposed legislation, stating that he ...

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    International Commission against the Death Penalty calls for Sudan to suspend three child executions

    Annie Nisenson on 23 November 2010

    On 16 November 2010, the International Commission against the Death Penalty (ICDP) issued one of their very first collective statements, opposing the possible executions of three alleged child offenders, who were sentenced to death in Darfur on 21 October.

    The ICDP, which was officially established on 7 October 2010, was founded as part of an effort to join in the on-going and extensive struggle against the use of the death penalty led by civil society and the United Nations.

    The most immediate objective of the ICDP is to promote a worldwide moratorium on the death penalty, to take place by ...

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