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Kuwaiti Family Committee Launches Website to Tell its “Yellow Ribbon” Story to the American People

Website Provides Latest Information on Efforts to Secure Due Process for Prisoners Illegally Held in Guantanamo

Kuwait City, November 1, 2004 – The Kuwaiti Family Committee today announced the launch of a newly redesigned website It provides access to breaking news, editorials, FAQs, and information about upcoming events in the campaign to secure due process for Kuwaitis illegally detained by the U.S. government.

The website tells the story of a “Yellow Ribbon” campaign to reunite sons, fathers, and brothers with their families.

“We are very pleased with the launch of this website and the growing attention to our ongoing cause from both the U.S. and international media,” said Khalid Al Odah, father of Kuwaiti detainee Fawzi Al Odah and head of the Kuwaiti Family Committee.

“Twenty-five years ago, when the American people suffered as their friends and loved ones were held hostage in Iran, they used the yellow ribbon as a symbol of devotion to them. Today, we’re using that same symbol so Americans will better understand that our own people are being unjustly held by the U.S. government,” said Al Odah.

As of today, the 12 Kuwaiti prisoners have been held incommunicado for more than three years without access to fundamental legal rights or Geneva Convention rights. Their detention violates a June 2004 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that the U.S. Department of Defense cannot continue depriving the Guantanamo prisoners of due process.

“All we are asking is that our family members be either charged with a crime and tried, or be set free,” said Al Odah, a former Kuwaiti Air Force pilot who lived in the United States and trained alongside U.S. Air Force colleagues. “These are basic rights accorded under U.S. law.”

This press release is distributed by Levick Strategic Communications on behalf of the International Counsel Bureau. Additional information is available at the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C.


Kuwaiti Family Committee Contact:
Khalid Al-Odah
Tel. (Kuwait) 011-965-905-6115

U.S. News Media Coordinator
Gene Grabowski
Tel. 202-973-1351

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