Do you want to take Donald Trump to the Supreme Court?
By Clive Stafford Smith, Reprieve Founder
I have taken five cases to the US Supreme court, and won every time – but only with help from other people. One case was to get access to the prisoners held at Guantanamo Bay. The US government decided that the detainees had no rights. But we changed that.
Now, we want to take another human rights case to the Supreme Court. A test case on the killing of innocent civilians by US drones. If like me you scored highly on our Death By Data quiz, you’ll know how easy it is for innocent people to end up a target.
We’re taking Donald Trump to court. Will you join us?
To do it, we need funds, and every donation gets us closer to the Supreme Court. If you want to help us get there, please make a donation. If you want to protect human rights in the long-term, you can start a monthly donation.
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It’s the small, regular donations from those who support our cause mean that Reprieve can act fast when we need to, take on new cases and save lives.
When I saw the abuses of Guantanamo, I knew I had to do something – many others did too. And now, we can’t sit by while Donald Trump wields a power to kill at will far from the battlefield, with no regard for human life or human rights. We have to change that too.
When we brought Faisal, our client, from Yemen to Washington D.C to speak to Congress, he spoke about how he watched as missiles fired from a US drone incinerated his family. His story made the cover of the New York Times – but the killing of innocent civilians has continued. To stop that, we need to go to court.
Donald Trump recently ordered an operation that killed 23 civilians (including 10 children under the age of 12), and described it as a ‘win.’ If drones were worrying under Obama, they’re terrifying under Trump.
For Faisal, a ‘win’ would be recognition for the unlawful killing of his relatives – in the hope of preventing further innocent families being destroyed.
America’s assassinations programme is one of the biggest threats to global human rights. If we’re successful, this case will be the first time it is considered by the Supreme Court.
Thank you for helping us get there.
Clive Stafford Smith