20 July 2009

Reprieve presents an analysis of President Obama's progress during six months in office


The briefing sums up what is at stake, President Obama's commitments so far, his achievements to date and what he has left undone.

Reprieve presents an analysis of President Obama’s progress during six months in office, focusing on four areas:

1) Transparency and accountability for past abuses
2) Access to and judicial oversight of Bagram prison
3) Release of prisoners from Guantánamo Bay
4) Rendition and torture

Clare Algar, the executive director of Reprieve, said today:

“In January, we were delighted by President Obama’s commitment to reverse the inhuman policies of the Bush Administration. Six months on, we are holding him to his word. We remain urgently concerned for the hundreds of men held at Bagram Airbase indefinitely without trial or charge, and for those in Guantánamo who cannot find a safe home.

“We ask President Obama to remain unflinching in his commitment to transparency and the rule of law in the darkest places. Providing humane conditions and legal rights in military prisons like Bagram would show the world that the US has truly found a new direction.”

For more information please contact Katherine O’Shea at Reprieve’s Press Office katherine.oshea@reprieve.org.uk 020 7427 1099.


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