Target: President Barack Obama
Goal: Thank President Obama for releasing two prisoners and ask that he continue to review cases.
Two Algerian prisoners were released from Guantanamo Bay after being detained for over a decade. The men, Nabil Hadjarab and Mutia Sadiq Ahmad Sayyab, were the first inmates discharged from the offshore prison in over a year. After having their cases reviewed by Barack Obama, the men were transferred to Algeria to face a preliminary investigation by their own national officials.
Hadjarab and Sayyab arrived in their homeland on Wednesday. Hadjarab spent twelve years in the prison and was cleared for release in 2007. Sayyab was arrested for interrogation during the US-led invasion of Afghanistan and was never charged with a crime. Like Hadjarab, Sayyab had been cleared for release many years prior. Both men participated in the widespread hunger strikes. The men were allowed to return to Algeria to face any charges that may be laid by the Algerian government in a criminal court.
There are still 164 prisoners awaiting trial in Guantanamo Bay. Like the two released, most have never been charged and 90 have previously been approved for discharge. According to the US military, more than 37 detainees remain on hunger strike. Their imprisonment remains in contention with the American Constitution and international law.
The release of the Algerian prisoners was an important step toward Obama’s original promise to close the facility. The issue is moving forward, yet there is still much work to be done. It is of the utmost importance that the effort is continued to return prisoners to their homeland or allow them a trial in the United States. Your signature will commend President Obama on his progress and encourage him to keep working on the issue.
Dear President Barack Obama,
Nabil Hadjarab and Mutia Sadiq Ahmad Sayyab, two Algerian prisoners, were recently released from their detention at Guantanamo Bay. Both men had been cleared for release many years ago, and had no formal charges laid. After being detained for more than a decade each, the men were transferred to their birthplaces to await investigations by their peers.
Still, 164 prisoners remain incarcerated at Guantanamo Bay, most without charge or cause. Over half have been cleared for release and over a quarter are currently hunger striking.
The release of these prisoners, though long overdue, was a step in the right direction. I commend the progress that has been made. I encourage further efforts toward the release of inmates and eventual closing of the facility.
[Your Name Here]
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