Reprieve is a nonprofit organisation of international lawyers and investigators whose stated goal is to "fight for the victims of extreme human rights abuses with legal action and public education". Their main focus is on unlawful treatment of prisoners; in the past they have opposed the death penalty and indefinite detention without trial (such as in Guantanamo). It also provides legal support for those facing the death penalty or held in secret prisons around the world. The founding Reprieve organisation is in the UK, and there are also organisations in the United States, Australia and the Netherlands, with additional supporters and volunteers worldwide.
The first and largest of the Reprieve organisations, Reprieve UK, was founded in 1999, one year after the death penalty was officially abolished in the UK (although having not been exercised since 1964), by human rights lawyer Clive Stafford Smith. Smith has represented over 300 prisoners facing the death penalty in the southern United States and has helped secure the release of 65 Guantánamo Bay prisoners as well as others across the world detained in places such as Bagram Theatre Internment Facility, Afghanistan, who claim to have been tortured by the United States government.
Reprieve currently works to represent 15 prisoners in Guantánamo Bay, as well as an evolving caseload of death row clients around the world. It investigates international complicity in renditions and most recently, has started working with the Foundation for Fundamental Rights in Pakistan, aiming to create conversation around the use of drones there.
Reprieve US was founded in 2001 by anti-death penalty lawyers in New Orleans, Louisiana as a 501(c)3 charitable legal defense organization, inspired by Reprieve UK. In 2014 Reprieve US opened headquarters in New York City, and began working on unlawful detention and targeted killing as well as death penalty cases. Reprieve US is an independent sister organization to Reprieve UK; the two organizations share the same mission and work in partnership.
Reprieve Australia was founded in 2001 by a group of Melbourne lawyers. It works to support those facing the death penalty around the world, with a particular focus on work in the Southern states of the US.
Reprieve Netherlands is a new organisation, founded in 2006, twenty-four years after the Netherlands abolished the death penalty, by a group of Dutch people who had previously worked in capital defence offices in the United States. It shares the goals of the other Reprieve organisations.
The death penalty is not enforced in the Netherlands.
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- Terror suspects held illegally' in Afghanistan prison named by charity. By Richard Norton-Taylor. The Guardian, 15 April 2010.
- Rendition on Record. By Crofton Black and Lydia Medland. Reprieve/Access Info Europe, 19 December 2011.
- About Foundation for Fundamental Rights
- High court rejects first UK challenge to CIA’s drone campaign. The Bureau of Investigative Journalism. By Alice K Ross. 22 December 2012.
- UK: Hearing into CIA drones would dent US ties . By David Stringer. The Huffington Post. 25 October 2012.
- Government pays Libyan dissident's family £2.2m over MI6-aided rendition. Sami al-Saadi, wife and four children were secretly flown from Hong Kong to Tripoli where he was tortured by Gaddafi police. By Richard Norton-Taylor. The Guardian, 13 December 2012
- Case Sami al Saadi
- Case Abu Zubaydah
- Case Linda Carty
- Foreign Secretary v Rahmatullah: Reprieve's dodgy press release, by Carl Gardner. Head of legal, 6 November 2012]
- Krishna Maharaj, Jailed Briton, Appeals Murder Conviction Claiming He Was Framed By Miami Police Reuters / The Huffington Post, 20 December 2012.
- British woman could face Laos death penalty. CNN, 4 May 2009.
- Guantanamo inmate sues US company. A British resident held by the US is suing a company for allegedly organising flights that took him to Guantanamo Bay. BBC, 4 June 2007.
- Complaint over British role in extraordinary rendition. MP demands information on role in secret US flights. Human rights group calls for detainees to be named. By Duncan Campbell and Richard Norton-Taylor. The Guardian, 3 June 2008.
- "Akmal Shaikh, mentally ill British national who has been sentenced to death in China, will today plead for his life in court". Reprieve.org.uk. Retrieved 2011-12-20.
- Guantanamo Bay, Reprieve