Today is Human Rights Day! And Human Rights Day cannot forget the rights of those living or held in the United States, despite the word “international” in Amnesty International’s name. For Day 6 of the Write 4 Rights, we will focus on a case in Guantanamo Bay.
Hussain Salem Mohammed Almerfedi has been held at the U.S. naval base in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, since 2003. He has never been charged or brought to trial for any crime. In 2010, a federal judge ordered his release, ruling that Almerfedi’s detention was illegal. However, this ruling was overturned by the Court of Appeals, and the Supreme Court has refused to hear the case.
Please write a letter to Barack Obama himself to the address below:
The White House
Office of the President
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington DC 20500
Start your letter: Dear Mr President
I am writing in concern for Hussain Salem Mohammed Almerfedi, who has been held in Guantanamo Bay for 10 years without being charged or brought to trial for any crime. I am very concerned with his ongoing detention.
I call on you to immediately release him and other Guantánamo detainees, unless they are charged with a recognizably criminal offense and given fair trials in federal court, in full accordance with international standards and without recourse to the death penalty.
I oppose indefinite detention and unfair trials by the U.S. government. I urge you to end these human rights violations and close the Guantánamo prison. Detainees must either be charged and fairly tried, or released to countries that will respect their human rights.