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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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  2. 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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  5. Katie Taylor

    Drones: Bringing the ‘war on terror’ to children’s bedrooms and classrooms

    Katie Taylor on 24 March 2013

    No human rights convention in history has had as much support and as many ratifications as the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. This is because we have decided collectively and globally that children matter and deserve protection.

    But the ugly question which arises from state practice is whether all children matter, whether some children might matter rather more than other children, and whether in fact some children may not matter at all.

    The US, through its drone programme in Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia, seems to be affirming that it holds the latter view.

    At least 204 child ...

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  6. Nabil Hadjarab (young man)

    When is indefinite detention not indefinite detention?

    on 18 March 2013

    By Richard Tomsett, Reprieve volunteer

    The US government has continued its penchant for rebranding the facts at Guantanamo Bay.

    This latest example of rose-tinted fact distortion follows a long list of euphemistic spin on the abuses of human rights at Guantanamo Bay by the US government.  Top of any list of such doublespeak would of course have to be the terrifyingly transparent rebranding of ‘torture’ as ‘enhanced interrogation’.  And a few weeks ago, the prison authorities said there was no hunger strike, despite evidence presented by lawyers that almost all of the men in Camp 6 are on hunger strike ...

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    What is going on in Guantanamo's Camp Six?

    Hilary Stauffer on 04 March 2013

    Last week, Reprieve received a despairing letter from Ahmed Belbacha, one of our clients in Guantanamo Bay. 

    Cleared for release since 2007, Ahmed fears being forcibly repatriated to his native Algeria, where he was convicted in absentia during a sham trial, and where he would almost certainly be tortured or thrown in prison upon his return.

    Yet like other detainees, he is prohibited from being re-settled in a third country due to the Kafka-esque provisions of the NDAA 2013 (and its predecessors of the last three years). 

    Thus, as Ahmed’s lawyers, we have unfortunately become accustomed to receiving despondent ...

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    5 reasons to oppose the Government's Secret Courts plans

    Donald Campbell on 19 February 2013

    Here are five key reasons you should oppose the Government's plans for Secret Courts, contained in the Justice and Security Bill. Please write to your MP to help us stop these dangerous plans - for more information and advice on how to do so, click here.

    1. They will allow governments to cover up their involvement in serious crimes such as torture

    The Bill will allow the government to push cases into secret courts, in order to avoid having its dirty laundry aired in public.  The press, the public and even the other side in the case will be shut ...

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  9. Will Francome

    Introducing One For Ten: an interactive online documentary series about death row. We need your help!

    Will Francome on 13 February 2013

    I've been making films about the death penalty for some time now, and this statistic really jumped out at me. With my colleague Mark, we got to thinking that a one in 10 failure rate for anything is unacceptable, let alone sentencing people to the ultimate punishment.

    Around the same time, we'd been looking for ways to turn traditional documentary filmmaking on its head - we wanted to find a new way of producing social issue films that would allow people to engage with them, rather than just watching them. In the past, we'd both been frustrated that ...

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  10. Polly Rossdale

    Negotiating the faultline

    Polly Rossdale on 08 February 2013

    I had been paying a regular visit to our small team of Tunisian fellows, a doctor, a psychiatrist, a social worker and the head of the project, who run a reintegration and rehabilitation programme for Tunisian former Guantanamo detainees and their families, as well as the families of the men, who despite having been cleared for release, remain detained.

    That morning, a prominent labour activist and political figure, Shokry Belaid, was assassinated—shot at point blank range—outside his house. With all of the violence and political upheaval that has followed in the past 24 hours, it is hard not ...

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