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North Korean authorities have executed three people, sent three other family members to a political prison camp and exiled another family for their role in a failed defection attempt.
The latest executions form part of a long line whereby potential defectees are caught by Chinese police on their way to Neimenggu, where many plan to cross into Mongolia and from there travel to South Korea.
The victims named as Jeong Dae Sung (35), wife Lee Ok Geum (32), and a family friend, Song Gwang Cheol have become the latest affected by the “50-day Battle” security crackdown launched on 2 January ...
Suspicions were raised about the three prisoner deaths last week by ex-Guantánamo guards who spoke to Scott Horton of Harpers Magazine.
Like the Bush Administration, the Obama Administration insists that the deaths were suicides; in this interview, Seton Hall law professor Mark Denbeaux describes his experience of seeking an investigation with the Justice Department.
A UN report released yesterday on the global practice of secret rendition and torture has reaffirmed that the US are not solely responsible for the mistreatment of prisoners in the so-called ‘war on terror’. Secret detention facilities have been discovered in Romania, Poland and Lithuania.
The report indicates that a number of European countries have been complicit in the violation of international human rights law and international humanitarian law as secret detention is irreconcilable with both. The report proves that Europe has a fundamental role to play in ending post 9/11 policy and beginning an era of transparency. The ...
Younous Chekkouri is a Moroccan national who has spent eight agonizing years in Guantánamo Bay. He is in urgent need of assistance. Fearing torture and persecution if returned to Morocco, he desperately needs a new home, which is why Reprieve is calling on European governments to offer him protection.
Younous was seized in 2001 as he fled war torn Afghanistan. Like many Arabs seeking refuge in Pakistan at that time, he was sold by Pakistani authorities to the U.S. for a bounty. He spent five months in the brutal, U.S.-operated prison in Kandahar, Afghanistan before being ...
I will never forget the day I watched Ismail hug his brother in Somaliland after two and a half years in Guantánamo.
Before his unlawful detention, Ismail played an integral role in Somali society as an English teacher, a community organizer, and a skilled mediator. His people suffered a great loss when he was seized, and I am delighted they have him again. He has begun resuming his good works already.
In a majority vote of 7-2 the US Supreme Court sitting in Washington last week upheld the death sentence handed down against Holly Wood - a man with the IQ of a seven-year-old child.
Wood was convicted of murdering his former girlfriend, Ruby Lois Gosha, by a court in Alabama in 1993. He was represented during his murder trial by three court-appointed attorneys, including one fresh out of law school and with no experience on a capital case. The fledgling lawyer took charge of the case at the sentencing phase after Wood had been found guilty and jurors were deciding if ...
On the 14th of January the President of Mongolia, Tsakhia Elbegdorj, commuted all death sentences to 30 year prison terms. He has also called for a moratorium on the death penalty with a view to it eventually being abolished as a form of punishment. This is a welcome development on a continent where capital punishment remains prevalent.
Mr. Elbegdorj has showed opposition for the death penalty throughout his term in office. But he has now raised a seldom-considered aspect of the issue.
The arguments most often used to oppose the death penalty usually relate to the cost, violations of the ...
Anna Perera’s novel Guantánamo Boy vividly depicts the horrors behind the bars of the detention facilities in Cuba – horrors that should by now be consigned to history. Sadly, they are as real as ever.
This Friday marks the first anniversary of President Obama’s failure to deliver on his promise of closing Guantanamo. Human rights campaigners around the world are left with a sense of hopelessness; no-one wants to believe that President Obama has let them down.
The story for Guantánamo Boy was conceived at a human rights benefit event in 2006 where Clive Stafford Smith spoke about Guantánamo ...
California state officials have proposed new lethal injection procedures, which if adopted, could bring to an end the four-year moratorium and result in executions being resumed by the end of the year.
Imagine this scenario:
In one state in the US 700 people languish in cells for years and often decades. Isolated from friends and family, they are constantly facing the prospect of death.
Four years ago a judge in this state ruled that the lethal injection used to kill its citizens is unconstitutional because the pain inflicted is so immense its use constitutes cruel and unusual punishment.
This state ...
"To all freedom-loving people wherever they may live." A Conversation with the Mother of Farzad Kamangar, a Kurdish Activist on Death Row.
On 25 February 2008, the Tehran Revolutionary Court sentenced Farzad Kamangar to death on charges of "endangering national security" and "enmity against God" (moharebe). The death penalty was confirmed by the Supreme Court on 11 July.
Farzad Kamangar, Iranian teacher, member of teacher union and human rights activist was arrested in July 2006 and under severe torture by the prison authorities on different occasions during his detention, they forced him to confess to charges against himself. For several ...