Wednesday, 7 May 2008

Guantanamo prisoner released after 6 years!

Here is the newsletter itself:

'Dear Sylwia,

In the face of impossible odds, your thousands of letters made a huge impact last week.

On May 1st, Sami al Hajj was released from Guantánamo Bay prison after six and a half years in detention. Al Hajj was a focus of our write-a-thon in December and was adopted by Amnesty groups across the country.

Sami was a journalist for the television station al-Jazeera. In 2002, he was assigned to cover the conflict in Afghanistan. While traveling in Pakistan, Sami al Hajj was stopped by Pakistani police and detained.

He was handed over to U.S. forces, taken to Bagram Airbase in Afghanistan, and ultimately to Guantánamo He was never charged with a crime, yet was held and allegedly tortured for six years.

Upon being released, Sami flew to Khartoum, Sudan. His health was in such bad condition that he had to be carried off on a stretcher.

Amnesty International won't stop until everyone held at Guantánamo is given the chance to defend themselves in an impartial court of law or set free.

This week, Amnesty launches a massive new initiative to bring a life-sized replica (3D tour) of a maximum security Guantánamo Bay prison cell to cities across America.

RSVP to attend or volunteer at the Cell Tour events.

Starting in Miami with special events this Thursday and Saturday, we will show visitors what it's like to experience the harsh realities of illegal detention and prolonged isolation. Visitors will be able to record 30 second videos protesting illegal detention from inside the cell.

Thank you again for your passion and hard work.'

Check Sami's Wikipedia site:
'he web-site reports that Sami had throat cancer in 1998, which went into remission.[11] He had been prescribed anti-cancer drugs, which he was supposed to take every day, for the rest of his life. The site reports that Sami's anti-cancer drugs have been with-held from him. The site also reports that guards shattered Sami's knee, that his injury also requires medical treatment, and that medical treatment for this injury was also being with-held.'

And other link with comprehensive story here.

I simply cannot believe that this is happening in 21st century...

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