Provide Care for Victims of Torture at Guantanamo Bay

Target: Ray Mabus, Secretary of the Navy

Goal: Provide adequate mental support for those unlawfully detained and subjected to “enhanced interrogation” in Guantanamo.

Detainees at Guantanamo are stuck in a terrifying limbo. Uncharged, and sometimes innocent, they must constantly live with the specter of indefinite detainment and the threat of what has been labeled as enhanced interrogation. These people understandably have developed serious psychological issues as a result of this treatment. Currently the mental health care at the prison is woefully unacceptable and must be improved.

Mental health care professionals don’t, and are often advised against, questioning inmates on trauma that occurred during questioning. They are not stationed there long enough to build rapport with prisoners and they use their prison numbers rather than their names.  There is a lack of trust between detainees and their doctors.

Over 750 people have been detained and denied basic rights in this facility. Nine have died while being held; at least four of these were suicides.

President Obama promised to shut down Guantanamo 7 years ago, but with the looming presence of President Elect Trump, who has publicly endorsed the use of torture, it is time to look for ways to limit the horrific damage being done to the people there.  Sign this petition to demand that Guantanamo do more to support the mental health of their detainees.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Secretary Mabus,

The treatment of detainees at Guantanamo is absolutely unacceptable, especially when inmates are left with lasting mental issues from their improper treatment. Uncharged, and sometimes innocent, they must constantly live with the specter of indefinite detainment and the threat of what has been labeled as enhanced interrogation. These people understandably have developed serious psychological issues as a result of this treatment.

Mental health care professionals don’t, and are often advised against, questioning inmates on trauma that occurred during questioning. They are not stationed there long enough to build rapport with prisoners and they use their prison numbers rather than their names.  There is a lack of trust between detainees and their doctors.

If these issues are not addressed then Guantanamo is little more than a place that further or actually radicalizes people. It is well known that many inmates go on to fight against the U.S. once they are released. After such horrific treatment, is this in any way surprising? Please, do more to uphold the Geneva Convention and the Constitution, by providing better mental health support to detainees.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Shane T. McCoy

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