Sunday, June 5, 2016

Help empty Guantanamo prison

Every signature counts on this petition to free Mohamadou Ould Slahi, held without charge at Guantanamo for nearly 14 years.

Dear MoveOn member,

A man detained without charge for nearly 14 years at Guantanamo Bay Prison has a chance at freedom—and he needs our help right now.1

Mohamadou Ould Slahi, who suffered extreme torture sanctioned by then Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, is in the midst of a long-awaited Periodic Review Board process, which could result in his release.2

His team of lawyers has demonstrated that Slahi is no threat whatsoever. But a public outcry against indefinite detention and the injustices of Guantanamo may also help to win his release.

Please add your voice to a growing call for the release of Mohamadou Ould Slahi by signing a petition that will be delivered on Monday, which reads: 

Free Mohamadou Ould Slahi and close Guantanamo!

While imprisoned, Slahi wrote a memoir by hand, which he recently published under the title "Guantanamo Diary."3 Slahi's lawyers say that he longs to return to his family, who are waiting to support him as he restarts his life after more than a dozen years in prison.4

Please click here to add your name to this petition to free Mohamadou Ould Slahi so he can go home to his family, and then pass it along to your family and friends.

Thanks for all you do.

—L. Michael Hager


1. "Severely tortured Guantánamo detainee makes case for freedom at board hearing," The Guardian, June 2, 2016

2. "One Guantánamo Detainee Pleads for Release, but Another Does Not Appear," The New York Times, June 2, 2016

3. "Severely tortured Guantánamo detainee makes case for freedom at board hearing," The Guardian, June 2, 2016

4. Ibid.

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