Outside the Law: Stories from Guantánamo

Letters to Politicians

Although Omar Deghayes was released in 2007, many Guantanamo prisoners are still interned with no prospect of any decision being made on their cases in the foreseeable future.

Shaker Aamer, a British resident with four British children, has been held in detention since January 2002 when he was arrested in Afghanistan. In spite of repeated calls from the former Home Secretary Jacqui Smith, the United States government has repeatedly refused to return him to the U.K. 

Several NGOs, including Amnesty International, have set up letter writing campaigns to help secure his immediate release. Below is a template for a letter to current Foreign Secretary William Hague:

Letter to William Hague regarding the case of Shaker Aamer


Omar Khadr, a joint Canadian and Pakistani national, was captured in Afghanistan in 2001 at the age of just 15. He is still in detention at Guantanamo, and below is a template of a letter to Stephen Harper requesting his release:


Letter to Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper regarding the case of Omar Khadr


For more general information visit Amnesty's letter writing campaign, check their website here.

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