Tell the U.S. government to free Slahi
Update: Mohamedou’s newly released memoir, “Guantánamo Diary,” has been on the New York Times Best Seller list for two weeks. The first book written by a still imprisoned detainee, it details the savage beatings, sleep deprivation, death threats, and sexual humiliation he endured. Despite everything, he is an optimist. Empathetic even towards his guards, a man with a beautiful sense of humor, he’s never lost sight of his own humanity – or ours.
On February 16th, one of Slahi’s lawyers will visit him in Guantánamo and personally deliver our message to him: that we’ve heard his story, and we’re clamoring for his release. Help us get to 50,000 signatures – let him know that we support him.
Mohamedou Slahi has been unlawfully imprisoned for 13 years by the U.S. government. Twelve of those years have been at Guantánamo Bay prison, where he was subjected to gruesome torture.
The U.S. has never charged Slahi with a crime.
The U.S. government’s justifications for holding Slahi fail because he has never taken part in any hostilities against the United States. And he poses no threat to the United States.
A former chief military prosecutor in the Guantánmo military commissions, Colonel Morris Davis, has said he couldn’t find any crime with which to charge Slahi.
In 2010, a federal judge ordered Slahi’s release, rejecting the government’s arguments since evidence was tainted by torture and coercion or was otherwise not credible. But the government appealed.
The U.S. is currently holding him indefinitely despite his innocence.
While at Guantánamo Bay prison, Slahi was the victim of one of the military’s most brutal torture regimens, approved by former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld himself.
Slahi suffered physical abuse, sleep-deprivation, humiliation, and threat – and he still remains in prison.
Will you urge the Department of Defense to free Slahi?