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Wednesday, June 15, 2005

The longest-held POWs in the world 

I received an email over the weekend asking for help publicizing the plight of the longest-held prisoners of war in the world. It bears re-publication here, and your attention:
I write to inform you of a pressing situation that needs more attention in today's growing online conversation. Beginning in 1975, thousands of POWs were imprisoned during a guerilla war fought between the nation of Morocco and an Algerian-based group called the Polisario Front. When the conflict officially ended in 1991, through a U.N.-mediated cease-fire, both sides agreed to release the captured POWs. Yet, to this day, the Polisario Front holds no less than 408 POWs from this conflict—the longest-held POWs of our time. Detained for over two decades, the POWs are routinely subjected to torture, mutilation, starvation and forced labor. Senator John McCain, along with other influential world leaders, has aggressively advocated for the release of the Moroccan prisoners in accordance with guidelines set forth by the Geneva Conventions.

After following Tigerhawk for some time and seeing that you address international affairs and policy, I hope that you will consider posting the active petition which calls for the release of these tormented POWs. For more details surrounding the ongoing effort to secure the release of these individuals, please visit www.FreeThemNow.org.

A press release describing John McCain's support for these prisoners is here.

Morocco is, arguably, America's oldest ally. It is certainly our oldest ally in the Arab world. Its soldiers need our help, and we should give it to them.

Sabbah has more here.

Click the link and consider signing the online petition. Immediately before this post went up, there were 4,401 signatories. See how high you can pump up that number!

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