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What is the Equality and Human Rights Commission?

Human rights charity ReprieveIf you're interested in pursuing a career defending the human rights of prisoners and detainees, then check out the work of Reprieve.

Reprieve is a legal action charity.

It uses the law to enforce the human rights of prisoners being detained in secret prisons, on death row or who have been subject to illegal rendition.

With bases in the UK, USA, Netherlands and Australia, Reprieve hires investigators, lawyers and campaigners to help support its clients and get the message out about human rights.

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Reprieve investigates, litigates and educates people about the human rights of inmates. It works on the frontline, providing legal support to prisoners unable to pay for it themselves.

It also works on behalf of prisoners facing the death penalty, and conducts ongoing investigations into the rendition and the secret detention of ‘ghost prisoners’ in the ‘war on terror.’

How did Reprieve start?

Clive Stafford Smith founded Reprieve in 1999 “to assist impoverished people facing the death penalty, to encourage volunteers to travel to the United States to work on death penalty cases and to educate the public about issues surrounding capital punishment.”

He has spent 25 years working on behalf of people facing the death penalty in the USA.

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