Reprieve thanks Ireland for helping President Obama to close Guantánamo Bay

February 8, 2010

Reprieve today takes the ‘Obama needs EU’ tour to Ireland, to thank the government for their support in closing the military prison at Guantanamo Bay.

Ireland has been consistent in its opposition to Guantánamo Bay and was one of the first governments to call for its closure. In September 2009 Ireland generously offered a home to two Uzbeks who could not return to their home country for fear of persecution. 

Irish Minister for Justice Dermot Ahern argued:

 “there should be a united positive response at an EU level to any request made by the US administration for help in bringing about the closure of Guantánamo.”

By actively engaging in the attempt to close Guantánamo, Ireland has shown a strong commitment to international human rights. 

Reprieve’s Rehabilitation Coordinator Chloe Davies, said:

 “President Obama has had much-needed support from the fair isle of Éire. By offering homes to Guantanamo’s homeless, the Irish people are helping President Obama deliver the change he has long promised.”

Tá dòchas againn go gcuireadh Èire fáilte chuig na daoine as Guantánamo Bay.

For more information go to http://www.reprieve.org.uk/2010_01_11_obama_needs_EU or contact Katherine O’Shea at Reprieve’s Press Office: katherine.oshea@reprieve.org.uk 020 7427 1099/ 07931592674.

Notes for Editors:

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 25 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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