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In the face of impossible odds, your thousands of letters made a huge impact last week.
On May 1st, Sami al Hajj was released from Guantánamo Bay prison after six and a half years in detention. Al Hajj was a focus of our write-a-thon in December and was adopted by Amnesty groups across the country.
Sami was a journalist for the television station al-Jazeera. In 2002, he was assigned to cover the conflict in . While traveling in , Sami al Hajj was stopped by Pakistani police and detained.
He was handed over to U.S. forces, taken to Bagram Airbase in , and ultimately to Guantánamo He was never charged with a crime, yet was held and allegedly tortured for six years.
Upon being released, Sami flew to . His health was in such bad condition that he had to be carried off on a stretcher.
won’t stop until everyone held at is given the chance to defend themselves in an impartial court of law or set free.
This week, Amnesty launches a massive new initiative to bring a life-sized replica (3D tour) of a maximum security Guantánamo Bay prison cell to cities across America.
Starting in special events this Thursday and Saturday, we will show visitors what it’s like to experience the harsh realities of illegal detention and prolonged isolation. Visitors will be able to record 30 second videos protesting illegal detention from inside the cell. with
Thank you again for your passion and hard work.