Clive Stafford Smith will discuss Bad Men: Human Rights beyond Guantánamo Bay in Derry: Saturday 31st January.

January 28, 2009

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Reprieve director and human rights lawyer Clive Stafford Smith will deliver the 2009 Bloody Sunday Memorial Lecture at 8pm on Saturday 31st January at the Calgach Centre, Butcher Street, Derry. He will discuss the future of Guantánamo Bay under President Obama.

The original Bloody Sunday march was a protest against internment without trial. This year’s memorial lecture hosts a lawyer representing those held without trial in the modern day equivalent of Long Kesh – Guantánamo Bay.

With the election of Barack Obama the world is watching to see how the new President will deliver on his promise to close the prison. Clive Stafford Smith is in a unique position to assess the future of the prison and those detainees still held there.

Reprieve currently represents 30 prisoners in Guantánamo Bay and is investigating secret prisons across the world, with the aim of holding the US government and military to account.

For more information or to support our work, please contact Katherine O’Shea
katherine.oshea@reprieve.org.uk; 0207 427 1099 or visit www.reprieve.org.uk.

For the full schedule of Bloody Sunday events go to http://www.serve.com/pfc/

BACKGROUND: CLIVE STAFFORD SMITH

Clive Stafford Smith is the founder of legal action charity Reprieve and has spent 25 years working on behalf of defendants facing the death penalty in the USA.

After graduating from Columbia Law School in New York, Clive spent nine years as a lawyer with the Southern Center for Human Rights working on death penalty cases and other civil rights issues.

In 1993, Clive moved to New Orleans and launched the Louisiana Crisis Assistance Center, a non-profit law office representing poor people in death penalty cases.

In 1999 Clive founded Reprieve. Since 2004, he has focused on achieving due process for the prisoners being held by the US in Guantánamo Bay, as well as continuing his work on death penalty cases.

Clive was made a Rowntree Visionary and Echoing Green Fellow in 2005 and was previously a Soros Senior Fellow.

Reprieve is a legal action charity, founded by Clive Stafford Smith in 1999. Reprieve uses the law to enforce the human rights of prisoners, from death row to Guantánamo Bay. We investigate, litigate and educate. Working on the frontline, we provide legal support to prisoners unable to pay for it themselves, promoting the rule of law around the world, and securing each person’s right to a fair trial. In doing so, we save lives.

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