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Dezember-Brief 2005

Hier ist das Anschreiben an die Vertretung des Landes

Kanzlei der Botschaft der
Vereinigten Staaten von Amerika
S.E. Herrn William Robert Timken, Jr
Neustädtische Kirchstr. 4-5
10117 Berlin

Excellency,

I am enclosing a copy of a letter which I have written to President Bush in which I have described to him the case of Abdullah al-Noaimi, currently a prisoner at Guantánamo Bay. I also plead for the establishment of an independent commission to investigate the cases of all those imprisoned there. I am sure that you are aware of the concern felt by many people in this country, and I would ask you to support Amnesty International in its appeals for the upholding of human rights and the humane treatment of prisoners.

I should very much appreciate your support in this matter,

Yours sincerely,

Hier ist der Brief an das betroffene Land

President George W. Bush
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington DC 20500
USA

Dear President,

I am writing to you specifically about a citizen of Bahrain, Abdullah al-Noaimi, but also generally about your prison at Guantánamo Bay. The above person was arrested 4 years ago on the Afghan- Pakistan border. He claimed to be looking for a missing cousin; your officers imprisoned him in Kandahar. There he claims that he was tortured, made to suffer sexual harassment and was not given adequate medical treatment. In July 2002 he was taken to Guantánamo Bay. There he received personality-changing drugs and was forced to sign a statement that he was a member of al-Qa'ida. Two years later it was decided that he represented no particular danger, but incredibly he was still kept imprisoned. In July 2005 he, together with about 200 other prisoners, started a hunger strike. After 11 days he collapsed. It is believed that he began another hunger strike in August this year. His physical and mental health give us cause for great concern.

This case, and many other similar ones, seen against your recent statement that the United States government does not tolerate torture, would seem to present some contradictions. I would like to see you establish an independent commission to inquire into all cases of arrests in connection with your "War against Terrorism", and I would welcome the definitive closing of the Guantánamo Bay prison. The prisoners held there should either be accused according to internationally accepted human rights standards, or they should be released.

With best wishes for the Christmas season,

Copy to:
Kanzlei der Botschaft der
Vereinigten Staaten von Amerika
S.E. Herrn William Robert Timken, Jr
Neustädtische Kirchstr. 4-5
10117 Berlin