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Barack Obama

President of the United States of America

The White House

Office of the President

1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW

Washington DC 20500, USA
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Ambassadeur van de Verenigde Staten van Amerika

H.E. mevrouw Frederique Ingrid Hartog e/v Levin

Lange Voorhout 102, 2514 EJ Den Haag

Fax: 070 3614688


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Dear President Obama,

Please allow me to express my concern about Maher Arar. This Canadian citizen was arrested by the US authorities at New York JFK Airport in 2002. He was kept for twelve days and then taken to Syria in secret, where he was kept for a year and was tortured.
I urge you to apologize to Maher Arar for the torture he suffered because of the actions of US officials.
Under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the UN Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, and other human rights treaties, the US government is obligated to fulfil the right of torture victims to remedy and redress—including an apology—for what they suffered.
I call on you to launch independent investigations capable of identifying those responsible and initiating proceedings to impose criminal and disciplinary sanctions.
The US government should contribute to Maher Arar's full recovery, including his access to the necessary medical and psychological care as well as legal and social services.
I am confident of your good will and sense of justice.
Yours sincerely,

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