Imam Anwar al-Awlaki, a U.S. citizen has been arrested and detained in Yemen since August 31, 2006. The U.S. government has been after the imam since 2001. Another reason why this “war on terror” looks more and more like a war on Islam or as Abu Eesa says a “War Against Truth.”
In the early hours of October 17, a Yemeni secret police raid swept up eight foreigners living in Sana’a, under surveillance by the CIA and British intelligence, and at least 12 other men across Yemen. Yemeni authorities insist they dismantled an al-Qa’ida cell and disrupted a gun-running ring to neighbouring Somalia.
It was subsequently reported that the key to the raids was Anwar Al Awlaki (identified in the media as ‘Abu Atiq’) who was arrested six weeks before the October 17 swoop. Media reports allege that ‘Abu Atiq’ was an associate of two of the September 11 hijackers and a protege of Abdul al-Majid al-Zindani, who the US wants arrested on terror charges. They also make mention of his alleged role in a foiled al-Qa’ida plot to bomb oil and gas facilities in Yemen.
He is believed to be held in Central Security Prison in Sana’a. Locals in Sanaa insist, perhaps apocryphally, that the two stories of the complex above ground sit atop eight stories underground, where torture rooms and darkened cells are often used. Whether or not people are tortured there, Western officials and aid groups are adamant that torture is regularly used in Yemen on terror suspects, or political prisoners.
Take Action for Imam Anwar Al Awlaki
Write to the US authorities:
- Demand that the state department fulfils their statutory duties and provide consular assistance and clarify where Anwar Al Awlaki is held
- Demand an end to incommunicado and secret detention; detainees should be held only in officially recognized places of detention with access to family, lawyers and courts;
- Call for human rights laws and standards to be strictly adhered to in cooperation between US security forces and those of other countries, ensuring that torture and ill-treatment, incommunicado detentions and “disappearance” play no part in such cooperation;
- Ensure his rights as a US national are being protected and that his detention is free from torture or ill-treatment
The Honorable Condoleezza Rice
Secretary of State
U.S. Department of State
2201 C Street, N.W.
Washington DC 20520
Tel: + 1 202 647 4000
Fax: + 1 202 261 8577
Write to the Yemeni authorities:
- Appeal for the immediate release of Anwar Al Awlaki unless he is to be promptly charged with a recognizable criminal offence and given a fair trial without further delay in accordance with international fair trial standards
- Call on the authorities to respect the rule of law
- Remind the authorities of their obligations under both national and international human rights law and allow Anwar Al Awlaki access to legal counsel, his family and the opportunity to challenge the legality of his detention
His Excellency General ‘Ali ‘Abdullah Saleh
Office of The President
Republic of Yemen
His Excellency Rashid Muhammad al-‘Alimi
Office of the Republic of Yemen Ministry of the Interior
Republic of Yemen
Write to Islamic organisations:
- Encourage all Islamic organisations in the US to campaign for the release of Imam Anwar al-Awlaki.
- Further encourage the these societies in the US to promote the right to a fair trial and the rule of law.
Islamic Society of North America
PO Box 38
Council on American-Islamic Relations
453 New Jersey Avenue ,
Video: Anwar al-Awlaki on Ramadan.