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    Massive Attack speak out against music torture

    Alex Grace on 18 March 2010

    Reprieve’s innovative 'silent protest' petition zero dB aims to stop music torture by encouraging widespread condemnation of its use.

    The film, directed by Oliver Chanarin and Adam Bloomberg was filmed in Cambridge University’s anechoic chamber and accompanies Massive Attack’s song Saturday Come Slow, which features Damon Albarn on vocals and appears on their newly released album, Heligoland. 

    An interview with Massive Attack about their support of zero dB and Reprieve by Karen Barlow of ABC Australia can be viewed here - http://www.abc.net.au/news/video/2010/03/16/2847830.htm

    For more information or to ...

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    The mystery of Yoo's inbox

    Cortney Busch on 17 March 2010

    One of the authors of the so-called “torture memos,” John Yoo, is being slated for the disappearance of his e-mail records.  The New York Times describes “large batches of e-mail records," both sent and received, disappearing.  The e-mails were written at a time when the lawyer was deciding what "enhanced interrogation techniques" (aka torture) were authorized for use in Guantánamo Bay and why.

    Yoo says he has no idea what happened to his e-mails. He added “the claim that there would be emails about this shows a lack of understanding of the world of intelligence.” According to the Mother Jones ...

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  3. Polly Rossdale

    Ex-Guantánamo prisoner Lakhdar Boumediene talks about rebuilding his life in France

    Polly Rossdale on 16 March 2010

    After seven years and six months of unlawful imprisonment in Guantánamo, Lakhdar Boumediene was finally granted the opportunity to rebuild his life in France, free from the fear of torture, in May 2009.

    European states have openly condemned the illegal prison Guantánamo Bay and called for its closure. There are 27 EU member states, and if each country resettled just two prisoners we would be a lot closer to ending this symbol of global injustice.

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  4. Clive Stafford Smith

    The spooks are being sold down the river

    Clive Stafford Smith on 15 March 2010

    The past month has seen a parade of spies going public. Mostly, they seem intent on insisting how little they know about the terrible goings-on in the world. 

    First, it was the MI5 director general, Jonathan Evans, writing in the Telegraph. "We did not practise mistreatment or torture then and do not do so now, nor do we collude in torture or encourage others to torture on our behalf."

    Last week, it was the turn of Evans's predecessor, Baroness Eliza Manningham-Buller. "It wasn't actually until after I retired that I read that, in fact, [Khalid Shaikh Mohammed] had ...

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    Remember the 'mother-in-law rule' for Linda Carty

    Clive Stafford Smith on 13 March 2010

    SIGN THE PETITION NOW.
  6. Watch a video featuring Linda, her family and lawyers explaining what went wrong in her case
  7. Listen to Linda's appeal to the British people
  8. Watch Reprieve's Clare Algar talk about Linda's case on Sky
  9. Look back at Linda's case history
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  11. Aimee Griffin

    Spare a thought for Linda Carty this Mothers day

    Aimee Griffin on 12 March 2010

     It has been over eight years since Linda Carty has embraced her mother or daughter.

    Another Mothers Day behind the bars of Mount View prison must be utterly heartbreaking for Linda. Especially as she has never has the opportunity to see her grandchildren, as they are barred from visiting her on death row.

    Mother’s Day is a time for families to come together, but for Linda it is just another day waiting for the opportunity to have a fair trial.

    Linda has always appeared emotionally strong in spite of what she has been through. However, when interviewed recently about ...

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    Taiwan: On the road to abolition

    Chloe Strowger on 11 March 2010

    In a bold statement, Justice Minister Wang Ching-feng said she’d rather take the place of a death row prisoner than sign one execution during her term as minister.

    In what many hope will be the beginning of a campaign to make the death penalty illegal in Taiwan; the minister (pictured right) went on to say that the public would agree if she gave a clear explanation of her plans for long-term imprisonment to as opposed to the death penalty. 

    The minister acknowledged that the existence of capital punishment could make people feel better, but in practice it was unable ...

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    Filming inspirational British women for Linda Carty on International Women's Day

    Emmanuelle Purdon on 08 March 2010

    Three days. Only three days to film nine inspirational women in Great Britain who have agreed to support the fight we have started to save Linda Carty's life on Texas Death Row.

    The women are actresses, writers, TV presenters: Martina Cole, Juliet Stevenson, Anna Chancellor, Diane Louise Jordan, Martha Lane Fox, Esther Freud, Margaret Busby, Pauline Melville and Clare Algar (from Reprieve).

    Linda is dangerously close to execution, due to the fact that she has had a catastrophically unfair trial. She may face execution as soon as this summer if her last appeal fails. This is why we desperately ...

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  14. Marc Callcutt BW

    Shabbir Zaib talks about his release from prison in Pakistan

    Marc Callcutt on 08 March 2010

    On 20-21st February Reprieve hosted the first Death Penalty Defence Conference in Pakistan.

    We were very privileged to have our recently released client Shabbir Zaib speaking about his time in prison and how his case was transformed by Reprieve. He is photographed below with his Reprieve legal team (from left to right) Sarah Belal, Sultana Noon and myself. 

    Shabbir is a British national and father-of-three who was arrested whilst on holiday in Pakistan in June 2008. He was accused of the murder of his wife and, following torture by the police, he signed a confession. Reprieve's investigations revealed ...

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    A Tariff Too High: Man Executed in North Korea for Calling South Korea

    Reprieve volunteer on 05 March 2010

     A man has been executed in North Korea after it was discovered by security officials in late January that he had illegal possession of a mobile phone and had called a defector in South Korea to report rice prices. 

    The man, named only as Chong, was executed by firing squad after confessing under torture that he had also mentioned living conditions to his friend who had defected to South Korea some years ago. 

    Although it cannot be confirmed it is believed that Chong is the first person to be executed since the region of Pyongyang implemented a new policy to ...

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