Reprieve delivers justice and saves lives, from death row to Guantánamo Bay.
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.
CBS News, 60 Minutes, 17/11/2013
When I heard that two films about the US’ drones war were coming out at almost the same time, I had a ‘no buses, then two buses’ response. But I was wrong. Each film is brilliant and they are distinct while complementing each other very well. You should absolutely see both films, as one gives an overarching view of what the US is doing now in terms of its foreign policy, while the other focuses in on three families in Waziristan whose lives have been devastated by drone strikes.
It is not about GTMO anymore, we must think bigger. We need to have a world-wide justice movement. We need the 99% to get involved, not just the one percent who are causing the problems. The people understand today that if the USA has Guantánamo for Muslim men today, tomorrow it will be another country with another victim.
Until I started working at Reprieve, I did not often think of Guantánamo Bay – the torture that detainees have endured, scores still held there despite being cleared (84 of 164, or 51% of them), the horrors of force-feeding, a black mark on America’s reputation for decency and human rights. by Johanna Hortolani
Parliament's Intelligence and Security Committee is today questioning the heads of Britain's intelligence agencies, MI5, MI6 and GCHQ. Although billed by many as a "grilling," it is sadly highly unlikely that the committee will ask the tough questions it needs to - it's worth remembering that the ISC completely missed UK complicity in rendition and torture, giving the agencies a clean bill of health in 2007 - three years after MI6 had helped send Gaddafi opponents to the Libyan dictator's torture chambers.
In an interesting spot, journalist Alice Ollstein today noted that, while Reprieve clients the Rehman family were testifying at Congress about the day a drone strike killed their grandmother in North-West Pakistan, President Obama was meeting the CEOs of arms companies including Northrop Grumman and Lockheed Martin.
Commenting on reports that Home Secretary Theresa May has refused a request by Parliament’s Home Affairs Committee to question the head of MI5, Andrew Parker, on the basis that she “do[es] not believe that it would be appropriate or necessary for the oversight provided by the [Intelligence and Security Committee] to be duplicated by another committee,” Kat Craig, legal director at human rights charity Reprieve said: “This is a scandalous attempt by the Government to insulate itself and the security services from anything even approaching genuine accountability".
In a statement to mark Human Rights Day, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has warned that “armed drones are…being deployed, without due legal process, for the remote targeting of individuals,” and has called on states to ensure that existing international law is applied.
A US judge has described a fundamental legal principle - by which Guantanamo detainees seek relief from their indefinite detention through the courts - as ‘functionally useless’, in a ruling made last week.
A UK court has heard that fear of damaging its relationship with the US must not be used as an excuse for hiding the truth of British involvement in the CIA’s covert drone war. The argument was heard in the Court of Appeal in the case of Noor Khan, who is asking the Foreign Secretary to clarify the Government’s position on sharing intelligence for use in CIA strikes, and challenging the lawfulness of such activities.
A court has heard “overwhelming and uncontested evidence” of the existence on European soil of a CIA “black site,” used to torture prisoners – with the knowledge of host-government Poland.
James Slack, The Daily Mail, 11/12/2013.
Jeremy Kelly and Tom Coghlan, The Times, 12/12/2013
Clive Stafford Smith, Huffington Post, 10/12/2013
Crofton Black, Al Jazeera America, 10/12/2013
The Guardian, 08/12/2013