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  1. Clive Stafford Smith by I.Robins BW

    Why are CIA drones still causing the deaths of innocents in pakistan?

    Clive Stafford Smith on 25 September 2012

    In Pakistan there are 800,000 people playing Russian Roulette. They do it 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It's not a voluntary game. Someone else holding the gun, refusing to tell how many projectiles there are in the chamber, or even who the weapon is currently aimed at.

    According to a report published today by Stanford University and New York University, CIA drones are inflicting this terror on the communities of Waziristan, in North-West Pakistan. The report, originally commissioned by Reprieve, warns that the United States' drone campaign is terrorizing the men, women and children who ...

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  2. Clemency wells by E.Purdon BW

    Reprieve Chair Lord Macdonald speaks out against British Role in Drone Attacks

    Clemency Wells on 19 September 2012

    Reprieve’s chair Ken Macdonald QC was on the front page of The Times(£) earlier this week challenging the UK government to come clean about their role in the US’ illegal and devastating drone strikes in Pakistan.

    CIA drone strikes have killed over 3000 people in Pakistan alone, according to the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, including hundreds of children.

    Reprieve is on the ground in Pakistan investigating these drone attacks and their effects, and bringing legal action here in the UK on behalf of Noor Khan whose father was killed in 2011 by a drone strike. Reprieve is asking the ...

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  3. Clive Stafford Smith

    How loans put a noose around the neck of the student

    Clive Stafford Smith on 12 September 2012

    I am writing from America, where the latest figures are now in on student debt. Once again, we can see the future for the UK - indeed I have lived that future for many years - and it's a disaster. 

    The front page headline in the New York Times is grim: Debt Collectors Cashing in on Student Loan Roundup (NYT, A1, Sunday Sept. 9, 2012). Students were protesting, wearing T-shirts advertising their levels of debt: $20,000, $75,000 and $90,000.  Debt collectors were gloating. “I couldn’t believe the accumulated wealth they represented – for our industry,” wrote one, in ...

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  4. Generic - barbed wire hazy

    Federal judge backs Guantanamo prisoners' right to a lawyer

    Reprieve on 07 September 2012

    Yesterday, the D.C. District Court issued a ruling that will prevent the U.S. government from further eroding the rights of Guantánamo detainees. 

    In a strongly worded judgmentChief Judge Royce C. Lamberth upbraided the Obama Administration for the “illegitimate exercise of Executive power” in its attack on the most basic of detainee rights: access to a lawyer.

    Earlier this year the Obama Administration had attempted to argue that the court order protecting attorney-client relations in Guantánamo Bay expired after the completion of judicial proceedings (ie. after a detainee failed to make a successful habeas corpus claim ...

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  5. Shooting apps fine, says Apple, just don’t mention the drone attacks

    Catherine Gilfedder on 03 September 2012

    Apple has for the third time this month rejected an iPhone app which alerts the user to a drone attack and to the number of people killed.  Drones+ enables those concerned about the CIA’s illegal, unregulated use of these remote-controlled weapons to track the strikes to their handset. 

    This is no doubt an uncomfortable prospect for the US authorities, whose use of drones extends to Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia, where no war has been declared.  Such drone strikes have killed more than 3,300 people in Pakistan alone since 2004, according to reports by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism ...

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  6. Eliza Clark photo

    Executions in The Gambia

    Reprieve on 30 August 2012

    After 27 years without a single execution in The Gambia President Yahya Jammeh brought that time to an unhappy end with the execution of seven Gambian citizens and 2 Senegalese citizens in a firing range. The executions were carried out on Eid al-Fitr, a day of celebration, love and peace in the Muslim faith.

    The death penalty was abolished in Gambia by the former President Dawda Jawara but was then reinstated by the current President, Yahya Jammeh. In a broadcast President Jammeh made on Sunday 26th August he said that he would execute the other 38 convicts waiting on ...

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  7. Chai Patel

    Prosecutors’ power to conceal evidence of innocence from the defence must be removed

    Chaitanya Patel on 24 August 2012

    Justin Wolfe, having gone through an ordeal eerily similar to that of Ivan Teleguz, has finally had his conviction and death sentence overturned.

    After spending years hiding evidence of  Mr Wolfe’s innocence in order to kill him, and once ordered to produce it, the Commonwealth of Virginia wasted yet more time arguing that the defence still shouldn’t be allowed to use it to save his life. When challenged by the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals, the Commonwealth offered this bizarre explanation of why it had done so, as can be seen in the judgment (Wolfe v. Clarke ...

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  8. Crofton Black

    Court case aims to dispel shadows around Romania's CIA black site

    Crofton Black on 22 August 2012

    The case filed on behalf of "high value detainee" Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri in the European Court of Human Rights this month is the first attempt by the rule of law to dispel the shadows surrounding Romania's secret CIA prison.

    Over the last several years, evidence of Romania's role in the CIA's rendition and secret prison programme has been building inexorably. Investigations into "black sites" in Poland and Lithuania have shown how Romania was linked to these countries, as well as to Afghanistan and Morocco, by planes associated with the CIA programme. Faced with similar bodies of evidence ...

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  9. Alamara Bettum

    As one Tunisian swims to victory in Olympic waters, another is kept high and dry at Guantánamo

    Alamara Bettum on 17 August 2012

    As the frenzy of Olympics 2012 begins to ebb, this year’s champions will, no doubt, be returning to rapturous receptions in their home countries the world over. There is perhaps one athlete in particular whose double victory will be well-received not only at home but some thousands of miles away as well in Guantánamo Bay.

    A former lifeguard and avid swimmer, Tunisian detainee Hisham Sliti, would – were he to hear the news of Oussama Mellouli’s gold and bronze medal successes in the 10km open water marathon and indoor 1500m freestyle – most probably have a bittersweet appreciation of ...

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  10. Polly Rossdale

    France’s chance to end the impasse: bring cleared detainee Nabil Hadjarab home from Guantánamo

    Polly Rossdale on 15 August 2012

    Nabil Hadjarab has now been cleared for release for almost half of the ten years he has spent imprisoned in Guantánamo Bay.  For most of us this is a difficult fact to grapple with.  If the Bush hardliners thought that it was ok to let Nabil go way back in 2007, why is he still there? 

    The answer, as is usually the case when it comes to Guantánamo, has nothing to do with the law.  There have never been any charges laid against Nabil.  And he is not alone. More than half of the 168 men still detained ...

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