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This is the text of Reprieve's letter to Sir Peter Gibson, asking him to reconsider his position. The fully referenced letter is attached below.
July 19, 2010
Rt. Hon. Sir Peter Gibson
The Intelligence Services Commissioner
c/o 2 Marsham Street
London SW1P 4DF
Re: Torture Inquiry - Recusal
Dear Sir Peter:
I am, naturally, very glad that there is to be an inquiry into the complicity of Britain in torture. However, if the inquiry is to achieve its stated goals – including ridding Britain of the stain that has blemished our reputation – it is essential that the procedure used is ...
I hope media and courtroom flurries this week have reminded readers of a man the US government would rather they forget: my Guantanamo client and Algerian refugee Ahmed Belbacha.
As reported by the Washington Post, Ahmed and five other Algerians in Guantánamo Bay are deadlocked in a fight to stay there. Peter Finn reports that, while the Obama Administration would send these men home tomorrow, the prisoners are terrified to go, and are willing to wait in Guantánamo until a safe home can be found.
The issue is being fought out in the Supreme Court as I write this. If ...
Reprieve's client Shabbir Zaib was acquitted in February after 17 months in a Pakistani prison.
In this interview with Scotland's Daily Record, he talks about how he came to be imprisoned for a crime he did not commit, and how it feels to be back home in Glasgow.
To commemorate the anniversary of Ruth Ellis's execution, I will be tweeting live at the Litweeter Festival – part of the London Literature Festival at the Southbank Centre – at 2.30 afternoon.
Today is the 55th anniversary of the death of Ruth Ellis, the last woman to be executed in Britain. Ruth’s case provoked widespread public outrage – over 50,000 people signed a petition for clemency – and is now considered a pivotal moment in the campaign for the abolition of the death penalty in the UK. In 1965 the Murder (Abolition of the Death Penalty) Act suspended the death ...
On Thursday 8th July, Lord Faulkner asked the government in the House of Lords what representations had been made to US authorities about reprieving Linda Carty.
Baroness Neville-Jones, the Minister of State for Security, responded that the Lib-Con coalition was as staunchly opposed to the death penalty as its predecessor, and that the government is “committed to using all appropriate influence to prevent the execution of any British national”.
Lord Thomas of Gresford, a Liberal Democrat, then put three very interesting questions to the Minister:
“Is the Minister aware that Mexico and Germany took the United States to the International ...
Last week the Alabama Supreme Court set an execution date for Holly Wood, a man who was convicted of killing his former girlfriend Ruby Lois Gosha in 1993 and sentenced to death, despite the fact that he has an approximate IQ of 59 – the score for a person of normal intelligence is around 100.
In federal court, the judge threw out the death sentence on the basis that Wood’s lawyer had failed to tell jurors of his client’s serious mental impairment. The Alabama justice system is severely underfunded and only $1,000 was allotted to Wood's defence ...
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Two of Reprieve’s toughest projects have turned a corner this week: our court battle over torture policy, and our call for a full public inquiry into allegations of complicity in torture by the British secret services.
On Monday, Reprieve’s ‘torture policy’ litigation forced the Coalition government to commit to creating new guidelines for British secret agents.
In our application for judicial review, we told the court why current secret guidelines may have allowed our secret services to be complicit in the torture of prisoners abroad. We asked the judge to review the official policy; regulating how MI5/MI6 ...
Lush have given Reprieve a fantastic opportunity to be part of the Glastonbury festival, which starts today.
We will be part of the Veggies exhibition in the Green Futures Field, which will be displaying information about Reprieve, along with a range of other organisations. We’re really excited to be part of this exhibition so, if you’re going, come along and check it out. There will be people there you can chat to about Reprieve’s work, and some information to take away with you as well.
Send us a message from Glastonbury: You can use the laptops at ...
This is the anonymous testimony of a victim of torture at Dadyal Police Station - a typical story:
“The policemen would take it in turns, beating us for about 10 minutes, and then those policemen would leave and more policemen would come in and just carry on beating us.
One beat me and then another beat me. They had sticks – like broom handles, about an inch thick, and bamboo canes. They would ...