The Rendition Monologues
Rendition Monologues weaves together the first-hand testimonies of victims of extraordinary rendition; the kidnapping and illegal transfer of terrorism suspects and others considered to be implicated in the 'War on Terror' to be interrogated in nation states with a reputation for torture. A long list of nations, including the UK, have colluded in these rendition flights. As the truth begins to filter out about this issue, we hope that Rendition Monologues can contribute to a full reckoning over human rights abuses committed in the name of the 'War on Terror'.
Speaking about Rendition Monologues, Clive Stafford Smith, Director of Reprieve said:
"If anyone doubts the shocking reality of rendition, they should see this performance. The word "rendition" sounds innocuous enough, but what it actually means is kidnapping and torture, without any kind of legal process whatsoever. Reprieve's client, Binyam Mohamed -one of several prisoners whose stories are brought to life in this piece - knows all about rendition's true face. Sent to Morocco by the Americans, he confessed to all manner of crimes, but only after 18 months of torture, when he repeatedly had his penis cut with a razor."
iceandfire creates compelling theatre making real and relevant the impact of human rights issues on our everyday lives. Rendition Monologues is performed by members of their national outreach network, Actors for Human Rights, whose work has been seen by over 10,000 people across the UK. Rendition Monologues is available upon request through Actors for Human Rights.
Reprieve uses the law to enforce the human rights of prisoners, from death row to Guantánamo Bay. Reprieve investigates, litigates and educates, working on the frontline, to provide legal support to prisoners unable to pay for it themselves. The organization promotes the rule of law around the world, securing each person's right to a fair trial and saving lives. Clive Stafford Smith is the founder of Reprieve and has spent 25 years working on behalf of people facing the death penalty in the USA and now represents 35 prisoners held in Guantánamo Bay.
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Post recording audio production by ZKT, http://zkt.blackfish.org.uk/
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