Reprieve is delighted that the Republic of Ireland has offered two Guantánamo Bay prisoners a home

July 31, 2009

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The Republic of Ireland has today provided crucial support to President Obama’s mission to close the notorious prison at Guantánamo Bay by agreeing to accept two prisoners.

Reprieve applauds the compassion and foresight shown by the Irish government and urges other European governments to follow suit.

Reprieve’s Legal Director Zachary Katznelson said: “Ireland today has joined the vanguard of human rights, committing to accept men who have been abused and mistreated for years by the United States, but who do not pose any threat.  We are grateful to Ireland for this step and look forward to other European countries soon following suit, helping bring an end to the blight that is Guantánamo Bay.”

Clare Algar, Executive Director of Reprieve, said: “In January, we were delighted by President Obama’s commitment to close Guantánamo Bay. Six months on, we are grateful to Ireland for bringing him one step closer to achieving it. We are urgently concerned about men who remain in Guantánamo simply because they cannot safely return home. Such men need other countries to follow Ireland’s example and afford them a humane way out of Guantánamo Bay.”


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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