15 July 2011

Drone strike photo exhibition opens in London


Drone from beneath

On Thursday 21 July, legal action charity Reprieve will be discussing their drones project alongside a new exhibition of photos and videos showing the devastation unleashed in Pakistan by the CIA's robot attack aircraft.

Reprieve's Director, Clive Stafford Smith, will be joined by the Pakistani lawyer Mirza Shahzad Akbar, who has brought cases against the CIA on behalf of victims of drone attacks.

Who: Clive Stafford Smith, Director, Reprieve Mirza Shahzad Akbar, Human Rights Lawyer

What: Discussion of Reprieve's drones project and exhibition of drone strike photos and videos

Where: Beaconsfield art gallery, 22 Newport St, London, SE11 6AY

When: Thursday 21 July, 1800-2100

The exhibition, 'Gaming in Waziristan', includes photographs and videos of the havoc wrought by drones firing missiles in the North Waziristan region of Pakistan – which will be published for the first time next week.

Reprieve will independently be promoting our new project 'Bugsplat' at the event. 'Bugsplat' is the official term used by the US authorities when human beings are successfully killed with drone missiles – whether they are significant terrorists or (more commonly, it seems) innocent civilians.

Note: while Beaconsfield is kindly presenting this event in the context of the exhibition Gaming in Waziristan, the goals and aims set out above are those solely of Reprieve, and should not be attributed to the gallery. The exhibition Gaming in Waziristan is curated by Beaconsfield and delivers a cultural context in which to debate the issues raised by the documentary photographs in possession of Reprieve

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Notes to editors

For further information please contact Katherine O'Shea or Donald Campbell in Reprieve's press office on +44 (0)207 427 1082 / (0)7931 592 674

Reprieve, a legal action charity, uses the law to enforce the human rights of prisoners, from death row to Guantánamo Bay. Reprieve investigates, litigates and educates, working on the frontline, to provide legal support to prisoners unable to pay for it themselves. Reprieve promotes the rule of law around the world, securing each person's right to a fair trial and saving lives.

Clive Stafford Smith is the founder of Reprieve and has spent 27 years working on behalf of people facing the death penalty in the USA.

Reprieve's current casework involves representing 33 prisoners in the US prison at Guantánamo Bay, working on behalf of prisoners facing the death penalty, and conducting ongoing investigations into the rendition and the secret detention of 'ghost prisoners' in the so-called 'war on terror.'

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