Reprieve delivers justice and saves lives, from death row to Guantánamo Bay.
The final destination for the ‘Obama needs EU’ tour is Germany. In the past Germany has condemned the existence of Guantánamo Bay. Now we are asking Germany to actively contribute to making this happen by accepting inmates who are in desperate need of assistance.
Of the 196 prisoners remaining in Guantánamo, approximately 50 face torture or persecution if returned to their home country. These men are refugees from known rights-abusing states like Algeria, China, Libya, Russia, Syria and Tunisia. Germany can provide a safe and appropriate residence for detainees from Guantánamo, giving them a chance to rebuild their lives.
Reprieve is delighted to announce a spectacular night of music magic, as two iconic British acts appear in Dorset for one night only on Friday 26th March.
The line-up includes national treasure Billy Bragg whose musical career has spanned over two decades; his songs notorious for their passionate political overtones. He will be joined by chart-topping dynamic duo the Proclaimers.
Craig and Charlie Reid of the Proclaimers said: “"We are absolutely delighted to be alongside Billy Bragg, supporting Reprieve again through our live work. The charity does fantastic and much needed work that needs to be highlighted and supported."
Juan Roberto Melendez-Coln has lived the American nightmare: He was convicted and sentenced to death in Florida for a crime he didn't commit.
17 years later, he was exonerated and released from death row.
He testifies to the Death Penalty Study Commission in New Hampshire:
"At that time, I became the 99th person in the United States to be released from death row with evidence of innocence since 1973. Today, there are 139 of us. I suppose you could call us "the lucky ones." I wonder how many of the 1,193 who have already been executed, were not ...
"When I first heard of the Journey of Hope I was blown away at the very powerful message you all are bringing to the world despite being victims of murderous violence.
We live in a world where being quick to judge and ruling with an iron fist has become the social norm, and understanding love and compassion have become foreign concepts that are considered week and ...
Two countries down on our Obama needs EU! tour. We had a great welcome in Luxembourg where Moazzam’s presence appeared to calm even the more sceptical elements of the press.
All the political parties expressed interest in the issue of offering protection to the men in Guantanamo who cannot go home for fear of torture. We also met with the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Jean Asselborn, who expressed his respect for Moazzam by giving him a book about the history of a notorious prison in Luxembourg where the occupying Nazis had been responsible for torturing members of the Luxembourg ...
Governments around the world, including those of Arab and European states, have colluded in the secret detention of terrorism suspects, UN investigators have reported.
An extensive report, released on Wednesday, paints a disturbing picture of a systematic secret detention programme involving many countries.
Officials found that secret detention "may even amount to a crime against humanity".
The 222-page document, which will be presented at a forthcoming meeting of the UN Human Rights Council, is the result of several years of investigation, and notes that secret detention is "a manifold human rights violation that cannot be justified under any circumstances".
According to a recently published UN report, British security and intelligence officers were often present when British citizens suspected of terrorism, were interrogated by foreign powers.
British resident Omar Degahyes was one of those men mentioned in this damning report. Omar speaks about his experience of rendition and torture. After being detained in Bagram airbase in Kabul, Omar was than taken to Guantanamo Bay where he was held for six years.
Omar explains how he was repeatedly tortured and beaten and lost sight in one eye after an attack by a guard.
Omar is now taking the UK government to ...
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 ...