Reprieve delivers justice and saves lives, from death row to Guantánamo Bay.
Juliana Ruhfus and People and Power, Al Jazeera, 18/12/2013
NDR Aktuell, 19/11/2013
BBC Radio 4, 20/11/2013
Victoria Derbyshire, BBC Radio 5 Live, 19/11/2013
Victoria Derbyshire, BBC Radio 5 Live, 19/11/2013.
Valentine's Day 2014 marked the twelfth year since Shaker Aamer arrived at Guantanamo Bay. Here are his reflections in a blog, first appearing in the Huffington Post.
It is rare for me to be proud of the country of my birth, France. Our footballers regularly disappoint us. Our government is repeatedly humiliated on the international stage. We are shamed by a refusal to accept the horrors of our colonial past. I must take comfort where I can: at least we don’t spontaneously strip the citizenship of Muslim people we don’t like.
Today marks the fifth year since Barack Obama, with much fanfare, signed an executive order to close the prison. Since then, progress remains lamentable – and justice continues to elude the detainees.
For over a decade, whenever German chancellor Angela Merkel talked on her mobile phone – chatting to fellow ministers of her government, or simply to discuss dinner plans with her husband – we now know that the NSA was listening in on her every word. Now media reports suggest that the United Kingdom played a vital role in this spying on its European partners.
What’s in a name? According to Secretary of State for Defence Philip Hammond earlier this week - everything. It’s the reason we, the public, have been so easily misled by the ‘uninformed mantra’ of ‘“drone” activists’. If we only understood that the Reaper was actually a remotely piloted air system, rather than a drone, all our worries would disappear.
Responding to the Home Secretary’s announcement of a judge-led inquiry into undercover policing, following revelations that Scotland Yard spied on the family of Stephen Lawrence, Reprieve’s Executive Director, Clare Algar said:
Krishna ‘Kris’ Maharaj, a British businessman sentenced to death in 1987, will tomorrow (March 4th) spend his 10,000th day in a US prison, despite compelling evidence of his innocence.
The European Parliament today overwhelmingly condemned the covert drone strikes that have killed thousands of civilians in countries such as Pakistan and Yemen.
MEPs will this week vote on a resolution condemning EU Member States’ complicity in the covert US drones programme.
Two pharmaceutical companies, one of which describes itself as “one of the biggest…in the UK,” are facing urgent calls to put in place new controls on drugs which could be used in executions.
Ian Cobain and Leila Haddou, The Guardian, 05/03/14
Cori Crider, Al Jazeera, 04/03/14
Clive Stafford Smith, The Huffington Post, 03/03/14
Cahal Milmo, The Independent, 03/03/14
Clive Stafford Smith, Medium, 04/03/14