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Cori Crider

Legal Director, Reprieve

Cori Crider is a Guantánamo Attorney for Reprieve, a London-based legal action charity.

I've Seen The Torture And Brutality That Can Happen When British Politicians Scrap Human Rights

The last time corners were cut it was the Blair government, and MI6, who helped abduct my clients - a Libyan opposition figure and his heavily pregnant wife - and put them on a one-way flight to a Libyan dictator's torture chambers. It made no difference that Abdul-Hakim Belhaj only opposed Gaddafi, that the West was not his enemy, nor that of his blameless wife. Because of MI6's actions - and the decision in the realpolitik of the day to cosy up to Gaddafi, 'human rights' or basic decency be damned -- they were brutalised just the same.
07/06/2017 17:33 BST

The Truth Will Out: UK Involvement in Libyan Rendition and Torture

One is white, stark, temporary, windowless. Fluorescent lights hang from its ceiling. The room is empty save for a woman, crying. She is chained to the wall and obviously pregnant. The woman in the white room comes from Morocco but has married a opponent of Col. Gaddafi, and for that reason is about to be plunged into terrors of which she knows nothing...
06/11/2014 09:49 GMT

The UK Government Is Trying to Get Off the Hook for Libyan Torture

Some of you may remember how David Cameron's victory lap in a still-jubilant Tripoli was marred by the release of an embarrassing cache of faxes. The faxes revealed the true price of Blair's infamous 'deal in the desert' with Gaddafi in 2004: a joint US-UK-Libyan operation to kidnap my client and his pregnant wife.
23/10/2013 16:47 BST

Why, Mr President, Is Guantanamo Bay Still Open?

"A symbol around the world for an America that flouts the rule of law." These are President Obama's recent words on Guantanamo Bay, the military prison he rules as commander-in-chief. But as Gitmo's infamous hunger strike enters its sixth month, it is increasingly plain that we have not one, but two administrations on Guantánamo Bay. The first - the administration of President Obama's speeches - regrets the prison... The second administration offers a retort.
25/07/2013 17:41 BST

'I Don't Want to Die... But I Am Prepared to Die if That Is What it Takes'

These are the words of Nabil Hadjarab, one of my cleared clients in Guantánamo Bay. At the start of this week, after some long, painful, and heartfelt conversations, Reprieve and colleagues took his case (and three others) to a US federal judge. Take his tubes out, we asked. Stop the force-feeding.
02/07/2013 09:11 BST

Six Days for Britain to Avoid War Crimes Investigation

There are now just six days left for the British government to extract its prisoner from Bagram. If they fail on the basis that the US feels no obligation to keep its promise and hand him over, the MoD must expect promptly to be sued, and for a war crimes report to be made to the police.
14/02/2012 22:18 GMT