Engaging Europe and Foreign Nationals
Reprieve’s Engaging Europe project identified and assisted foreign nationals facing the death penalty around the world. As part of this work, we received funding from the European Commission to support European nationals facing the death penalty in the United States, South-East Asia, the Middle-East and North Africa.
Many foreign governments, particularly those in Europe who are opposed to the death penalty, will often provide substantial assistance to those facing capital punishment. This assistance can make the difference between life and death. Reprieve provided additional resources and expertise to support consular staff and lawyers in the provision of effective consular assistance, and legal representation.
The project’s key aims were:
- Identify all foreign nationals facing the death penalty worldwide
- Ensure the delivery of effective consular assistance to foreign nationals facing the death penalty
- Support local lawyers representing persons facing the death penalty
- Strengthen the human rights and anti-death penalty communities
- Increase awareness of international human rights law including the EU Minimum Standards on the Death Penalty
Linda, a British grandmother, is on death row in Texas after a catastrophically flawed trial.
Anthony was just 18 years old when he was sentenced to death in Florida despite being innocent of murder.
Ibrahim was caught up in the turmoil of political protests while on holiday in Egypt. He was denied medical treatment for a gunshot wound to his hand following his arrest, and as a result, his hand is now permanently disfigured. The police beat him and wouldn’t let him see a lawyer.
Andargachew Tsege – also known as Andy – is a father of three from London. A prominent figure in Ethiopian politics, he was kidnapped on the command of the Ethiopian government as part of a brutal and wide-ranging crackdown on political opponents, civil rights activists, journalists and academics.
Akmal was a father of five children who suffered from severe mental illness. He was sentenced to death for drug offences in China.
Avram is a beloved brother and uncle from Serbia who was given the death penalty in Nevada in 1995. His family were not able to testify in his defence at trial and were only informed of his plight four years after he had been sentenced to death. He is currently held on death row at Ely State Prison in horrific conditions.
Hasnain Ali is a 32-year-old British national who was tortured by the Dubai police into confessing to drug possession and faced a death sentence.
Former soldier Danny Fitzsimons is facing life imprisonment in Iraq after being convicted of murder. Danny has serious mental health problems as a result of his years of service with the British army, and his work as a private security contractor in Iraq.
Democratic Republic of Congo
Joshua French is held in appalling conditions in the Democratic Republic of Congo after he and close friend Tjostolv Moland received multiple death sentences in September 2009. Their trial failed to meet even basic due process standards. Following Tjostolv’s tragic suicide in August 2013, Joshua’s physical and mental health has critically deteriorated.