Below are instructions for writing to prisoners at Guantanamo and a list of names of the prisoners.

Have you ever doubted the power of a letter?

If so, read this note Amnesty received from Sami al Haj, who was held at Guantanamo without charge for years and finally transferred home to Sudan in 2008:

I received more than 20,000 letters from members and supporters of Amnesty International during my last two years at Guantánamo Bay. These letters really encouraged me during my very difficult time. They made me feel as though I was not alone and not to give up. Also, I felt and could notice that from all these letters, the Administration of Guantánamo Bay changed and improved towards me, as they knew I was not alone and I had people who cared about me. The guards said to me that they could see I was someone who mattered and must be important because of all the letters–this made them respect me more.”

Today, after 111 days of the hunger strike and 11 years of indefinite detention, messages of hope are more important than ever. Can you spare a moment to write?

It's quick, easy and effective, here's how:

The list below provides names and details of  Guantanamo detainees to whom messages of solidarity--postcards, cards or letters--may be sent.  These have been selected on the basis of
receiving consent from their lawyers to do so.

Younous Chekkouri, for example, would love pictures of flowers, especially roses, as he enjoys drawing them.

Where we have the information, we have noted that the person is on hunger strike.  Bear in mind that others on the list may also be on hunger strike, but we do not have that information at the present time. We have included details for some detainees where we have it (provided by the attorneys) which you may find useful for your messages.  Where we have included the information "approved for transfer," this is taken from the official US government list of detainees who have been classified as such.

  • Messages should be kept to simple messages of greeting and goodwill.  Do not include political comments.
  • Only send non-religious cards, and avoid referring to religion in your message.  For example: rather than writing "you are in our prayers", write "you are in our thoughts."
  • Include your name and address (including country) in your message.  If you receive a reply, please send a copy to me.
  • Write your message in simple English, unless specifically stated otherwise.

Address to which messages should be sent:

Detainee name and ISN number
Camp Delta
US Naval Guantánamo Bay, Cuba
Washington DC 20355
USA

Please let me know if you were able to write, so that we can keep a tally.

Name

Nationality

Date of birth

Languages for   messages

Details

Transferred to GTMO

Umar Abdulayev
  [ISN 257]

Tajik

11   October 1978

Russian, Farsi or   simple
  English

Approved   for transfer

2002

Hisham Sliti
  [ISN 174]

Tunisian

2   December 1966

English, Arabic, French   or
  Italian

On   hunger strike. Approved for transfer

2002

Shaker Aamer
  [ISN 239]

Saudi Arabian   (British resident)

12   December 1968

English or Arabic

On   hunger strike.
  Approved for   transfer
  Last   remaining British resident
  Has never   seen his youngest son

2002

Ismail Ali Farag al   - Bakush [ISN 708]

Libyan

1   July 1968

English or Arabic

Approved   for transfer

2005

Sanad Ali al-Kazimi  
  [ISN 1453]

Yemeni

17   February 1970

English or Arabic

On   hunger strike
  Approved for   transfer

2004

Samir Mukbel
  [ISN 43]

Yemeni

1   December 1977

Arabic or English

On   hunger strike.  
  “I am now 35.  All I want is to see my family again and to start a family of my own…I   just hope that because of the pain we are suffering, the eyes of the world   will once again look to Guantánamo before it is too late.” 14/04/13

2002

Mohsen Aboassy
  [ISN 91]

Yemeni

1   January 1979

Arabic or English

On   hunger strike. Enjoys reading about football
  Likes pics of   nature, esp from magazines like National Geographic

2002

Said bin Salman
  [ISN 251]

Yemeni

25   April 1975

Arabic or English

On   hunger strike.

2002

Adel al Hakeemy
  [ISN 168]

Tunisian

27   March 1965

Arabic or English

On   hunger strike. Approved for transfer
  Exercises and reads daily, hopes to own a restaurant one day

2002

Younous Chekkouri
  [ISN 197]

Moroccan

5   April 1968

Arabic or English

On   hunger strike. Enjoys drawing, esp roses, would love pics of flowers

2002

Abdullatif Nasser
  [ISN 244]

Moroccan

4   March 1965

Arabic or English

On   hunger strike.

2002

Nabil Hadjarab
  [ISN 238]

Algerian

21   July 1979

French

On   hunger strike. Approved for transfer
  Dreams of   raising a family in France

2002

Ahmed Belbacha
  [ISN 290]

Algerian

13   November 1969

Arabic or English

On   hunger strike. Approved for transfer
  Likes to play   football

2002

Ali al Shaaban
  [ISN 327]

Syrian

6   March 1982

Arabic or English

On   hunger strike. Approved for transfer

2002

Jihad Dhiab
  [ISN 722]

Syrian

10   July 1971

Arabic or English

On   hunger strike. Approved for transfer

2002

Ahmed Abdulaziz
  [ISN 757]

Mauritanian

24   February 1970

Arabic or English

On   hunger strike. Approved for transfer

2002

Saifullah Paracha
  [ISN 1094]

Pakistani

17   August 1947

English

On   hunger strike. History of multiple health issues, has suffered 3 heart   attacks while in GTMO.
  Studied/lived   in NY for over a decade

2004

Abdul Sabour
  [ISN 275]

Uighur

1   January 1974

Uighur or basic   English

On   hunger strike. Approved for transfer, cannot return home for fear of torture

2002

Khalid Ali
  [ISN 280]

Uighur

27   July 1977

Uighur or basic   English

On   hunger strike. Approved for transfer, cannot return home for fear of torture

2002

Sabir Osman
  [ISN 282]

Uighur

1   January 1974

Uighur or basic   English

On   hunger strike. Approved for transfer, cannot return home for fear of torture

2002

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Please also continue to press President Obama to respect the human rights of Guantanamo detainees: sign the petition at www.amnestyusa.org/closeit, write a letter to the White House and call the White House comment line at 202.456.1111

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