At least 210 detainees have been on hunger strike since 11 August in protest at their conditions. An earlier hunger strike was stopped when the US authorities promised some changes. They reneged on these promises and the detainees have resumed their protest.
Anyone familiar with the Irish hunger strikes of the 1980s will realise that these detainees are at a critical stage – it’s a matter of life and death. Please contact your MP and urge him/her to press the British government to raise the matter with the American authorities as a matter of urgency.
Detainees have now been held at Guantanamo for over three years without proper access to a due process of law. Their families are refused access and they are not even allowed proper access to their legal representatives and where that access is allowed unreasonable restrictions are placed on the lawyers concerned.
This situation needs to be resolved and proper rule of law established in places that are used as prisons by the American administraion and its allies. Britain needs to use its so-called "special relationship" with USA for its residents currently held at Guantanamo and get the USA to honour internationally accepted norms on treatment of prisoners and the rule of law.
Since 11 August 2005 at least 210 detainees, illegally incarcerated in Guantanamo Bay, have been on hunger strike, in protest at their conditions. We the undersigned urge the British Government to raise this matter with the US authorities as a matter of urgency.
Abu Bakr, brother of Omar Deghayes, a British resident who has been detained in Guantanamo Bay for over three years, expressed his grave concern about the state of his brother’s health after four weeks on hunger strike and urges the British government to intercede with the American government before it is too late.
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