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Friday, October 14, 2005

Dossari suicide attempts

Today, Guantanamo prisoner Jumah Abdel Latif Al Dossari will write a suicide letter addressed to Joshua Colangelo-Bryan, his co-counsel with the Center for Constitutional Rights, and Khaled, his interpreter. He will then attempt to take his life by slashing and hanging himself.

The letter he wrote will be released on 15 March 2006. The letter will reference the torture that he suffers, and describe the denial of his human dignity.

I hope you will always remember that you met and sat with a "human being" called "Jumah" who suffered too much and was abused in his belief, self, in his dignity and also in his humanity. He was imprisoned, tortured and deprived from his homeland, his family and his young daughter who is in the most need for him for four years... with no reason or crime committed. Remember that there are hundreds of detainees in Guantanamo Cuba they are in the same situation of suffering and misfortune. They were captured, tortured and detained with no offense or reason. Their lives might end like mine...
Ironically enough, in his letter, he will appeal to the fair-mindedness of the American people
There was no other alternative to make our voice heard by the world from the depths of the detention centers except this way in order for the world to re-examine its standing and for the fair people of America to look again at the situation and try to have a moment of truth with themselves ...
He will also appeal to the alleged fair-mindedness of the rest of the world's citizens
Take some of my blood... take pieces of my death shrouds... take some of my remains... take pictures of my dead body when I am placed in my grave, lonely... send it to the world.. to the judges... to people with live conscious... to people with principles and values, the "fair-minded"...
His plea will largely be ignored.

On 09 April, 2006, an article in the Washington Post (reprint) will report that he has again tried to take his life. For weeks lawyers will be denied information about his condition, including whether or not he has survived his latest attempt. From the article:

"I'd like to know if he's alive," Colangelo-Bryan [Dossari's attorney] said. "I think it underscores the fact that the government does not believe that it has to play by any rules at all."
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