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Guantanamo

Jumah al-Dossari, is a 33-year-old man from Bahrain. This article was made up from letters he wrote to his lawyer:

If I die, please remember that there was a human being named Jumah at Guantanamo whose beliefs, dignity and humanity were abused. Please remember that there are hundreds of detainees at Guantanamo suffering the same misfortune. They have not been charged with any crimes. They have not been accused of taking any action against the United States.

Show the world the letters I gave you. Let the world read them. Let the world know the agony of the detainees in Cuba.

5 Responses to “Guantanamo”

  1. Thanks for posting this. It’s just heartbreaking, and reminds me of the letters Dostoevsky wrote concerning his near-execution. All that we would have lost if the firing squad had gone ahead. All that we’re losing now, each time somebody like Jumah al-Dossari gets swept up in this awful mess.

    jb says: Hi Matt. You echo the sentiments of many.

  2. david says:

    if you are interested in restoring habeas corpus for Guantanamo detainees get involved at:

    projecthamad.org

    Join the project!!

  3. ‘I know that the soldiers who did bad things to me represent themselves, not the United States. And I have to say that not all American soldiers stationed in Cuba tortured us or mistreated us. There were soldiers who treated us very humanely. Some even cried when they witnessed our dire conditions. Once, in Camp Delta, a soldier apologized to me and offered me hot chocolate and cookies. When I thanked him, he said, “I do not need you to thank me.” I include this because I do not want readers to think that I fault all Americans.

    But, why, after five years, is there no conclusion to the situation at Guantanamo? For how long will fathers, mothers, wives, siblings and children cry for their imprisoned loved ones? For how long will my daughter have to ask about my return? The answers can only be found with the fair-minded people of America.’

    Yes, but for how long? It’s been far too long already. An uncharged detention should never have happened. The time for justice is now. Not tomorrow or with a change of US government, but now. Right now.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Help us close Guantanamo!

    Just saw Amnesty International have launched another cool campaign, a virtual trip to Guantanamo asking for it to be closed. I just joined and it’s fun.

    Give it a try, it’s for a good cause and it takes only 5 minutes. Posting some of the info from their site:

    “Where can you find bearded ladies, parachuting mermaids and Siamese pirate twins on the web? On the way to Guántanamo!

    Amnesty International has launched an animated online petition asking for people to join our flotilla travelling all the way to Guantánamo. We have already got thousands of people on the voyage with us. The travellers are taking part in AI’s latest online campaign to draw more people to our campaign against the US government to close Guantánamo.

    This online petition will run until 26 June, International day for the Protection of Victims of Torture.

    Help us pass the message! Please forward the link to as many people as you can (http://www.amnesty.org/guantanamoflotilla/) and ask them to sign up to the campaign and forward it to their friends and colleagues. People can also link to the flotilla from their website or blog. Find banners and buttons in English and Spanish here: http://web.amnesty.org/pages/stoptorture-bannersflotilla-eng. Together we can Close Guantánamo. Let’s give it a good try!

    Joining only takes a minute and it is a lot of fun. And while you’re there, have a look at how your friends and colleagues here have designed their outfits, done their hair and chosen their mode of transport — its a hoot! Have you always wanted a beard but were afraid to grow one? Now’s your chance!

    The campaign is gathering momentum and is creating quite a splash. Now we need your help to pass on the message. Can we count on you to keep up the momentum and ensure we get this awful detention site closed for good?

    Thanks, everyone!

    Amnesty International”

    Check out this link:
    http://www.amnesty.org/guantanamoflotilla

  5. York Against the War has been running a close Guantanamo petition and we almost have 3,000 signatures. Archbishop Sentamu has agreed to accept the petition and at his suggestion, pass it on to the PM. To maximise publicity, we hope to involve a former inmate Moazzem Begg in the handover ceremony.

    Details of this should appear on our web page soon and will be updated as arrangements are finalized.

    If you havn’t done so, please come to our Saturday stall (1 to 3pm) St Sampsons Sq and sign.