11 Years in #Guantanamo for No Reason; Bring Nabil Hadjarab Back to France
  • Petitioned Soria Blatmann

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Conseiller technique, relations avec la société civile
Soria Blatmann
Ministre français de l'Intérieur
Manuel Valls
Ministre français des Affaires étrangères
Laurent Fabius
Président de la République française
François Hollande
Ambassadeur pour les droits de l'homme
François Zimeray
Sous-directeur des droits de l'homme et des affaires humanitaires, MAE
Daniel Vosgien

11 Years in #Guantanamo for No Reason; Bring Nabil Hadjarab Back to France

    1. Petition by

      Comité de soutien à Nabil Hadjarab

My nephew Nabil is living a nightmare. He has been detained at America's infamous prison, Guantánamo, since 2002. There, he has been subjected to acts of torture and inhumane treatment despite never having been charged with a crime and despite having been cleared for release by the American authorities since 2007.

I am a French citizen. Several members of our family served in the French army and all of Nabil's close relatives live in France. We therefore call on the Government of France to assist my nephew Nabil so that he may be freed and returned to the country which he loves and in which he grew up: France.

Given that the Americans have affirmed that Nabil is cleared for release and does not pose any risk, he cannot remain indefinitely detained at Guantánamo. But because he was born Algerian, my nephew risks being sent to Algeria, a country where he does not have any family ties nor support.

My family, in conjunction with the legal action charity, Reprieve, which represents Guantánamo detainees, is launching this petition calling upon France to support human rights by welcoming Nabil home as soon as possible.

On February 15, my nephew Nabil will have spent exactly 11 years at Guantánamo. This is despite the fact that Nabil is not a criminal and has not been charged with anything. When I speak with him on the phone—which is unfortunately rare—he tells me how much he dreams of returning to France and of being reunited with his relatives with whom he grew up, particularly his half-brother Hakim (who won the National Medal of Honour for his service in the French army)…Nabil told me of his wish to be a translator or interpreter because he has spent his years in prison learning languages (he speaks French, English and basic Arabic). A guard at Guantánamo described him as "a passionate footballer, a charming young man."

Today, I have hope that things are finally moving. A petition by Canadian senator Roméo Dallaire on Change.org which called on the Canadian government to repatriate Omar Khadr—another young detainee—was successful. So it really is possible to make my nephew's freedom a reality.

I love France, my country, the birthplace of human rights and which has always sought to close Guantánamo. In welcoming my nephew Nabil, France would reaffirm these commitments.

But in order to convince President François Hollande, Minister of Interior Manuel Valls and Minister of Foreign Affairs Laurent Fabius to take action, we need your support.

Thank you for signing and distributing the petition!

Ahmed Hadjarab

With the charity Reprieve and the Committee to Support Nabil Hadjarab 

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 250 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Iman Osman AUSTRALIA
      • about 1 year ago

      Heart torn into a million pieces.

      • about 1 year ago

      Don't force me to be disappointed in democracy, US, please, free this innocent boy

    • Martha Gies PORTLAND, OR
      • about 1 year ago

      I am an American, old enough to remember that this is not the way Americans treat people.

    • Kate Degan SACRAMENTO, CA
      • about 1 year ago

      Because innocent people should not be incarcerated, much less tortured. I just read the article on him in NYtimes opinion's page last Sunday

    • Deborah Amara LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 1 year ago

      Because he should be set free and live his life in peace and with family.


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