August 27, 2008
Department of State
2201 C Street, NW
Washington, DC 20520
Re: Important issues to discuss on your visit to Libya
Dear Secretary Rice:
The American Libyan Freedom Alliance (ALFA) is a nonprofit organization, registered in the State of Virginia. The mission statement of ALFA includes the promotion of democracy and human rights in Libya. We had contacted the State department on numerous occasions regarding Libyan prisoner of conscience Fathi Eljahmi, and to raise our concerns about the mistreatment of other political prisoners in Libya. In our discussions with several officials at the State Department, we were always given assurances that issues of human rights and political prisoners will remain of utmost concern of the State Department, and will always be raised with Gadhafi and other Libyan officials.
Although the issue of Libyan political prisoner Fathi Eljahmi was addressed by President Bush in one of his speeches, and Senator Biden raised the issue of Fathi Eljahmi directly with Gadhafi, none of those efforts have been successful so far in securing the freedom of Fathi Eljahmi. We are appealing to you to raise our concerns with Gadhafi, and to demand freedom of Eljahmi and his other colleagues, who have committed no crime beyond asking for God’s given human dignity and rights. Here are the names of some political prisoners we are requesting you to urge Gadhafi for their immediate release, as a prelude to setting all political prisoners free. We are living in a time where denial of freedom, and other such barbaric acts, for exercising freedom of thought and expression, should be something of the past.
Names of political prisoners: Dr. Idriss Bufayed, Jamal Alhaji, Lawyer Almahdi Saleh Hmaid, Farid Mohamed Alzawi, Saleh Salem Hmaid, Izzat Magarief, Jaballah Mattar, and all other political prisoners.
Mohamed M. Bugaighis, Ph.D.
Chairman, American Libyan Freedom Alliance