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Ms. Condoleezza Rice
Secretary of State

END TO INCOMMUNICADO AND SECRET DETENTION

We, the undersigned, are the members of the congregation at Islamic Center of Long Island, NY. We are deeply concerned about the network of secret detention centers around the world and the situation for those who have disappeared into these illegal facilities. Reportedly, Muhammad al-Assad, a Yemeni national who had been caught up in this sinister system, was effectively disappeared by the United States for over 16 months. It is important that The United States clarify where Muhammed al-Assad is held and to withdraw all requests to the Yemeni government to detain people released from U.S. custody, unless they are to be prosecuted in accordance with international standards.

Torturing people in secret facilities or outsourcing torture and holding people without charge, trial or access to the outside world, is a blatant violation of U.S. obligations under international law. The United States must disclose the location of all its detention facilities around the world and must immediately end the use of incommunicado and secret detention facilities.

Furthermore, detainees should be held only in officially recognized places of detention with access to family, lawyers and courts. All detainees held in US custody in undisclosed locations should either be charged and be given a fair trial without recourse to the death penalty or be released immediately. The U.S. government must end the practices of rendition and "disappearance."

We strongly believe that the United States must adhere to human rights laws and standards to ensure that torture, ill-treatment, incommunicado detentions, and disappearance play no part in cooperation between U.S. security forces and those of other countries. Therefore, we urge that the United States of America affirm its obligation not to conduct or condone torture and treatment that are cruel, inhuman and degrading; and reaffirm its commitment to protect human rights standards regardless of location.

Thank you for your attention to this important matter.

Sincerely

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