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    Strasbourg Court condemned UK in landmark death penalty case

    Elinor Fry on 23 March 2010

    The European Court’s judgment of 2 March 2010, the first dealing exclusively with the death penalty and non-refoulement, severely condemned the UK for handing over two Iraqi nationals held by the British military to Iraqi authorities. The mental suffering imposed upon the two men, exposing them to the threat of being executed, was sufficient to violate Article 3 of the European Convention prohibiting the use of torture or inhuman and degrading treatment.

    Faisal Al-Saadoon and Khalaf Mufdhi, both former Ba’ath party members, were arrested by the UK military in 2003 and detained in a British detention facility ...

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    Watch Reprieve's press conference for Danny Fitzsimons, British ex-soldier facing execution in Iraq

    Katherine O'Shea on 22 March 2010

    British ex-soldier Danny Fitzsimons is facing execution in Iraq with a hearing scheduled for April 7th.  The death penalty can be automatic in Iraq and Danny is the first private security worker to face prosecution in the country.

    Danny's Iraqi defence lawyer Tareq Harb visited London last week to discuss the case with both Reprieve and the British government.  Danny's parents, Liz and Eric, travelled from Manchester to meet him.

    Tareq, Liz and Eric all spoke at a press conference with Clive Stafford Smith at the Institute for War and Peace Reporting on London's Grey's Inn ...

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    South Korean politician calls for abolition of death penalty as North Korea executes a top financial official

    Chloe Strowger on 22 March 2010

    In a radio interview, South Korean House Speaker Kim Hyung-o called upon his government to officially end the death penalty, saying "a human life is a dignified given value and right, and even the power of the state should not be able to take it away".

    Many believe his statement is an attempt to reassure the South Korean public that Justice Minister Lee Kwi-nam does not intend to carry out his proposed construction of a governmental facility to carry out executions.

    Although there are currently 57 people on South Korea's death row, the country has observed a moratorium on ...

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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 -

    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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    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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    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

  9. Watch a video featuring Linda, her family and lawyers explaining what went wrong in her case
  10. Listen to Linda's appeal to the British people
  11. Watch Reprieve's Clare Algar talk about Linda's case on Sky
  12. Look back at Linda's case history
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    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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