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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.
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
Three days. Only three days to film nine inspirational women in Great Britain who have agreed to support the fight we have started to save Linda Carty's life on Texas Death Row.
The women are actresses, writers, TV presenters: Martina Cole, Juliet Stevenson, Anna Chancellor, Diane Louise Jordan, Martha Lane Fox, Esther Freud, Margaret Busby, Pauline Melville and Clare Algar (from Reprieve).
Linda is dangerously close to execution, due to the fact that she has had a catastrophically unfair trial. She may face execution as soon as this summer if her last appeal fails. This is why we desperately ...
On 20-21st February Reprieve hosted the first Death Penalty Defence Conference in Pakistan.
We were very privileged to have our recently released client Shabbir Zaib speaking about his time in prison and how his case was transformed by Reprieve. He is photographed below with his Reprieve legal team (from left to right) Sarah Belal, Sultana Noon and myself.
Shabbir is a British national and father-of-three who was arrested whilst on holiday in Pakistan in June 2008. He was accused of the murder of his wife and, following torture by the police, he signed a confession. Reprieve's investigations revealed ...
A man has been executed in North Korea after it was discovered by security officials in late January that he had illegal possession of a mobile phone and had called a defector in South Korea to report rice prices.
The man, named only as Chong, was executed by firing squad after confessing under torture that he had also mentioned living conditions to his friend who had defected to South Korea some years ago.
Although it cannot be confirmed it is believed that Chong is the first person to be executed since the region of Pyongyang implemented a new policy to ...
When a dog soils the carpet, some folk believe that if you press his nose in it you can teach him not to repeat the offence. I was never one for that approach with my golden retriever, Melpomene. Certainly, it does not appear to work with government ministers.
After rubbing the government's nose in its torture cover-up in the case of Binyam Mohamed, we gave the government a chance to come clean this week in the case of Mohammed Saad Iqbal Madni, a man I met last week in Lahore, Pakistan. Madni was rendered through Diego Garcia to 92 ...
The men are stretched out on the ground and then repeatedly whipped by officers in turn.
It was not a stunning piece of investigative journalism, involving hidden cameras and inside informants. It took place in full public view, suggesting that these crimes are so endemic that police officers see no need to hide them.
Here at Reprieve, we know that this video does not depict an isolated, or even rare, incident. Many of the prisoners we help in Pakistan have been subjected to varying degrees of mistreatment and torture.
Naheem Hussain (pictured, right) who has been in prison for over ...