Join Clive Stafford Smith and protect the rights of those facing detention, torture and execution

by Reprieve

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In-kind donations range from drinks to office supplies. We even accept homemade cakes. See what else we need!

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  • 2 minutes
    - Sign Linda Carty’s petition ( - Become a facebook fan Follow us on twitter - Join our mailing list by emailing - Use Everyclick for your internet searches to raise money for Reprieve
  • 5 minutes
    - Watch our videos on our youtube channel - Buy a Reprieve product- our videos, books and T-Shirts, as well as ‘Fair Trial My Arse’ Agent Provocateur knickers and our Vivienne Westwood necklace or Clutch pin. All profits go straight to Reprieve. - Forward our website to friends and family (
  • 15 minutes
    - Write a letter to Governor Perry asking for clemency for Linda Carty - Create your own Reprieve fundraising page at - Become a Reprieve Supporter for just £5 a month - Join our ‘One Hour Campaign’ and donate the monetary value of an hour of your time
  • 30 minutes
    - Write to a prisoner on death row or incarcerated in Guantanamo Bay - Buy a book from the Dorset Book Store Online where 10% of profits go to Reprieve - Set your eBay account so that a percentage of sales benefits Reprieve Shop with on facebook
  • A few hours
    - Translate documents for us (most frequently in Arabic or French) - Coordinate a letter-writing campaign in our office Assist with filing a court brief - Attend upcoming Reprieve events and initiatives, advertise our events by distributing posters and flyers - Fundraise for Reprieve by throwing a dinner party or doing a sponsored run - Jump for Justice by doing a tandem Skydive
  • Regular time commitment
    - Volunteer at our London office or in the US ( - Become a Reprieve Fellow (

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About the organisation

Vision and mission

Reprieve uses the law to enforce the human rights of prisoners, from death row to Guantánamo Bay. We investigate, we litigate and we educate, working on the frontline, providing legal support to prisoners unable to pay for it themselves. We promote the rule of law around the world, and secure each person’s right to a fair trial. And in doing so, we save lives. Reprieve prioritizes the cases of prisoners accused of the most extreme crimes, such as acts of murder or terrorism, as it is in those cases that human rights are most likely to be jettisoned or eroded. Reprieve focuses on cases involving the world’s most powerful governments, especially those that should be upholding the highest standards when it comes to fair trials.

Geographical coverage


Our track record

Reprieve's success is demonstrated each time a prisoner walks free. When Guantánamo Bay is eventually closed, it will be in large part due to Reprieve's conviction that this insult to the rule of law should not stand, our unstinting work towards telling the stories of who was held there, and our effectiveness in communicating this vision. Reprieve assists British nationals facing the death penalty worldwide, as it is in these cases, working with the abolitionist UK governmentthat we can have the greatest effect. To date over 300 prisoners have been spared execution thanks to Reprieve lawyers. We have also been at the forefront of the battle to close Guantánamo and other secret prisons. Since 2002, we have secured the release of over 65 prisoners from Guantánamo, and we currently act for 15 others. Through our work with prisoners we have achieved success in transforming the debate in terms of the way in which Guantánamo Bay is perceived. It used to be seen as an answer; now it is generally considered shorthand for unlawful detention. Reprieve's strategic use of the court of public opinion in tandem with the courts of law to assist prisoners has been highly successful in securing the release of our clients.

Who do we help?

Reprieve works around the clock defending prisoners who find themselves in the worst places, accused of the worst crimes, where cases are often aggressively or mendaciously prosecuted and weakly defended. Therefore, the most direct beneficiaries of Reprieve’s work are the prisoners deprived of a fair trial and held on deaths rows, in Guantánamo Bay or incarcerated beyond the rule of law in secret prisons. Death Penalty Reprieve assists British nationals on death row anywhere in the world; we are currently helping more than 40 British nationals who are facing the death penalty and we have worked across 15 different countries. Recently we launched a project expanding our work to identify and assist European nationals across death row in the US. Guantánamo Bay Nearly 800 prisoners have been held in Guantánamo Bay since January 2002 and there are currently 173 prisoners still imprisoned at the base. Reprieve represents 15 prisoners in Guantánamo Bay and provides assistance for many more; over 65 of our clients have been released to date. For a full account of events and prisoner releases please click here. Secret Prisons Reprieve investigates extra-judicial proxy detention and military detention around the world and reunites 'disappeared' prisoners with their legal rights. Our Secret Prisons team take on cases in Bagram Internment Facility and other prisons in Afghanistan, as well as in Europe, Africa, Afghanistan, Pakistan, North Africa and the Middle East.

How do we deliver this?

Investigation: Reprieve investigators are deployed around the world to bring to light the facts that can make all the difference in an individual case, or expose the frailties of an entire justice system. Litigation: Reprieve’s in-house lawyers and associate fellows represent prisoners facing execution at the hands of the state in the conventional criminal justice system, or those subject to imprisonment outside the reach of the law in the ‘war on terror.’ We concentrate on cases with the potential to have a wider impact on law or policy. Public Education: Reprieve is broadening the debate about the human rights abuses involved in capital punishment and the 'war on terror': educating the public, promoting best practices, and bringing new voices to the discussion.

Awards And Recognitions

Clive was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 2000 for ‘humanitarian services’. Clive was a Soros Senior Fellow, Rowntree Visionary (2005) and Echoing Green Fellow (2005). In addition, he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from The Lawyer Magazine (2003) and The Law Society, the Benjamin Smith Award from the ACLU of Louisiana (2003), the Gandhi Peace Award (2004), a Lannan Foundation Cultural Freedom Award (2008), International Freedom of the Press Award (2009), Unione Nazionale Cronisti Italiani (for the defence of Sami el Haj) and the International Bar Association's Human Rights Award (2010). Alongside these, Clive was ranked 6th on the 2009 list of Britain’s Most Powerful Lawyers (The Times, July 2009) and ranked 3rd on 2009 “High Profile” British lawyer list (The Lawyer, September 2009).