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    On the ground in Yemen: from death row to drone attacks

    Reprieve on 29 May 2013

    On Friday night Channel 4 showed an excellent and very moving documentary about Yemeni teenagers on death row.

    Reprieve works extensively in Yemen, with one client, Sharif Mobley, facing the death penalty and ongoing investigations into the US’ covert drones programme, which has killed thousands of civilians and continues to do so as the CIA pummel the country with hellfire missiles. There is further information about our drones work in Yemen available on our website where you can support the work we do there.

    Reprieve now has a Yemeni fellow, Baraa Shiban, working on the ground to investigate and seek ...

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    Mapping the CIA's Global Rendition System

    Crofton Black on 22 May 2013

    Reprieve and The Rendition Project have collaborated on an interactive map and database illustrating the extent of the US Government's global network of secret prisons and the private companies which supported it.

    Drawing on thousands of records from freedom of information requests, NGO reports, news accounts, first-person testimony and international investigations, the database provides the most authoritative picture to date of the logistics network which made the US secret detention programme possible.

    The interactive map allows users to zoom in on individual countries and flight routes and cross-reference them with detailed analyses of dozens of known and possible prisoner ...

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    Is BT providing the infrastructure for illegal drone strikes?

    Joel Sharples on 22 May 2013

    BT’s slogan used to be 'it’s good to talk', but when it comes to contracts with the US military 'it’s best to keep your mouth shut' might be more appropriate.

    Earlier this year Reprieve obtained evidence that BT had been awarded a contract worth over $23 million by the US Defense Information Systems Agency to provide communications infrastructure connecting US-run RAF Croughton in Northamptonshire with the secretive Camp Lemonnier in Djibouti.

    BT were unwilling to comment on the nature of the contract, no doubt due to the likelihood that the equipment and support they are supplying is ...

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    "It makes me furious": GCSE students respond to Fourteen Days in May

    Reprieve on 17 May 2013

    The film is a hard-hitting documentary which recounts the final days of Edward Earl Johnson before he was executed in a Mississippi gas chamber on May 20 1987. 

    Johnson’s innocence has since been widely accepted – indeed, it was accepted by many prison officials at the time. The documentary argues against the death penalty and highlights its disproportionate use in the U.S. against poor black men.  Reprieve founder, Clive Stafford Smith, was a contributor to the film. 

     Here are some of the students’ responses:

    14 Days in May’, has definitely changed my opinion about the death penalty, and I ...

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    Yemen and the Peshawar High Court's condemnation of drones

    Baraa Shiban on 16 May 2013

    The US’ covert and illegal drone war in Pakistan suffered a heavy blow today when a Pakistani High Court called the strikes illegal and a violation of human rights.

    The Court also said the strikes breach Pakistan’s sovereignty and encouraged the Pakistani government and security forces to stop future strikes. The question all Yemenis should be asking is “why is this not the case in Yemen?”. Surely, the death of a Yemeni is no less tragic or illegal than that of a Pakistani.

    The USdrone programme in Yemen, which continues to kill civilians on an almost weekly basis ...

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  6. U.S. strikes 'kerosene for insurgency': Reprieve fellow Baraa Shiban gives testimony to Congressional hearing on Drones

    Jonny Gallagher on 10 May 2013

    Reprieve fellow and Yemeni coordinator Baraa Shiban gave video testimony this week to a Congressional hearing on drone strikes on Capitol Hill, Washington D.C.

    Speaking from Yemen, where there has been a steep rise in the number of drone strikes over the last year, and where a recent strike has seen at least 12 further innocent civilians killed, Baraa was despairing of the impact on popular feeling of what no-one in Yemen or the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) of Pakistan believes are “targeted-killings” by the CIA’s drones programme.

    “You have already heard that drones lead to civilian ...

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    A Willing Bystander to the Guantanamo Debacle

    Hilary Stauffer on 08 May 2013

    Two separate lightning quick reactions to President Obama's news conference on Tuesday characterized him as a "bystander" to his own presidency. Both criticized the President for talking about his stalled legislative agenda in passive terms, as if they were things that just "happened," rather than failures his own inaction had helped to bring about. To my mind, the indictment is particularly apt in Obama's odd characterization of the debacle that is Guantanamo Bay.

    The President rightly noted that the prison camp is "expensive...inefficient...and hurts [the U.S.] in terms of our international standing." He stated categorically ...

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  8. Dirty Wars - In Conversation With Jeremy Scahill

    Reprieve on 08 May 2013

    By Joel Sharples

    On 15 May Reprieve will be hosting a talk with Jeremy Scahill, American investigative journalist and author of the recently published Dirty Wars: The World is a Battlefield.

    The book, which has received praise from military insiders as well as the most trenchant critics of American foreign policy, is the culmination of Scahill’s tireless and uncompromising work documenting the ugly new mutations of the ‘War on Terror’.

    Since coming to power Barack Obama has greatly expanded the operations of covert commando units such as the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) and the CIA’s Special Activities ...

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    La France toujours sourde-muette dans l’affaire Hadjarab

    on 23 April 2013

    by Alexis Comninos

    Nabil, à Guantanamo depuis 11 ans, sans charges ni procès demande à la France de l’accueillir. Alors qu’il a rejoint la grève de la faim et que son état de santé inquiète, ses avocats continuent de mener une bataille juridique pour rendre possible son retour en France. D’après les représentants légaux de détenus à Guantanamo, ils ne seraient plus que quelques uns à accepter de s’alimenter, la grande majorité ayant rejoint la grève de la faim. L’armée américaine elle avance des chiffres bien moindres mais reconnait ...

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    Hunger strikes throughout history

    Jonny Gallagher on 18 April 2013

    The Guantanamo Bay hunger strike is now well into its 10th week. Many had forgotten the plight, or even the existence, of those still held at the US detention centre. But the abuse of these men has continued even as the world’s attention has waned.

    Hunger striking is more than just a cry for help. First hand accounts of the extreme toll this strike has taken on the physical and mental well-being of the protesters highlights just how desperate the situation is. The decision to hunger strike is not one that is taken lightly.

    Hunger strikes have been ...

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