Write-a-thon Series: Mohammed Mohammed Hassan Odaini

This posting is part of our Write-a-Thon Cases Series. For more information visit www.amnestyusa.org/writeathon/

Mohammed Mohammed Hassan Odaini © Private

Mohammed Mohammed Hassan Odaini © Private

Despite having been cleared for release more than four years ago, twenty-six-year-old Mohammed Mohammed Hassan Odaini remains detained in Guántanamo. Odaini was sent to the detention center at the U.S Naval Base in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba in March 2002 along with fourteen other Yemeni nationals, all of whom were turned over by Pakistani police. In June 2005, U.S. authorities declared Odani suitable for release from Guantánamo. Yemeni authorities are prepared to take him back, however he continues to be detained without reason. He has not been interrogated for nearly two years and the reason for his continued detention is unclear.

Participate in this year’s Amnesty International annual Global Write-a-thon and help free Mohammed Mohammed Hassan Odaini by writing a letter on his behalf to the Commander of the Joint Task Force Guantánamo. Be one of the thousands of individuals asking why Odaini and fellow detainees remain detained despite being cleared for release. By putting pressure on the Commander now, we hope to help release Odaini and fellow Yemenis and enable them to go back to Yemen. Writing a letter could not only help Mr. Odaini but the other detainees currently being unlawfully held in Guantánamo.

By Morgan Brescia, AIUSA Campaign for Individuals at Risk

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6 thoughts on “Write-a-thon Series: Mohammed Mohammed Hassan Odaini

  1. Dear Commander of the Joint Task Force, Guantanamo,

    I am very interested in being advised of the reason that Mohammed Mohammed Hassan Odaini is still being held at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Detention Center, despite him having been cleared for release over four years ago. It is my understanding that he has not been interrogated for two years, and the reason for his continued detention is unclear.

    I am a veteran of the USN, and I find this information very unsettling. Please advise the future status of Mohammed Mohammed Hassan Odaini, in regard to his detainment at Guantanamo, the any reason(s) that would prohibit his release.

    Sincerely,

    Lori Kechter

  2. Dear Commander of the Joint Task Force, Guantanamo,

    I am very interested in being advised of the reason that Mohammed Mohammed Hassan Odaini is still being held at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Detention Center, despite him having been cleared for release over four years ago. It is my understanding that he has not been interrogated for two years, and the reason for his continued detention is unclear.

    I am a veteran of the USN, and I find this information very unsettling. Please advise the future status of Mohammed Mohammed Hassan Odaini, in regard to his detainment at Guantanamo, the any reason(s) that would prohibit his release.

    Sincerely,

    Lori Kechter

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  4. Lori-

    The Commander of JTF-GITMO doesn't have the authority to release detainees. He follows orders of those appointed over him.

    I would suggest writing POTUS and/or the State Department.

    No matter your views of GITMO, those maintaining and in charge of the detention facility are following orders…in most instances generating from the very top of this and the previous administration and appropriate administration officials.

  5. Lori-

    The Commander of JTF-GITMO doesn’t have the authority to release detainees. He follows orders of those appointed over him.

    I would suggest writing POTUS and/or the State Department.

    No matter your views of GITMO, those maintaining and in charge of the detention facility are following orders…in most instances generating from the very top of this and the previous administration and appropriate administration officials.

  6. Mohammed Mohammed Hassan Odaini was released from Guantanamo within months after the posting of this letter/request. NEVER hesitate to question the powers that be. You CAN make a difference.
    Lori Kechter