Justice for Jack Letts

  • by: Sally L
  • recipient: UK government

Our son, Jack Letts, has been 'disappeared' in a Guantanamo-style ‘black site’ in Rojava (Kurdish-controlled territory), northern Syria, for over five months and has had no contact with the outside world since July 8. He is being detained by Kurdish authorities who intercepted him when he was fleeing Isis-controlled territory after having worked in hiding against Isis for two years. Jack was told in May 2017 that the Kurdish authorities wanted to hand him over to the British. However, the British government has told us that they cannot help secure Jack’s release as they do not have any consular access in Rojava, northern Syria, where Jack is being held, and because ‘they advise against all travel to Syria.’ The British government knows that public opinion is led by a media that promotes the idea that everyone who goes to Syria is a ‘terrorist’, and believes it has the support of the public in keeping Jack in detention. Jack has never been involved in violence and the British police have told us there is no evidence he has done anything wrong. Please show them that British people care about justice and human rights. During our last conversation with Jack he told us he was no longer being allowed out of his cell, was not receiving proper food, and had already spent two months in solitary confinement, with 'only his brain for company.' He was being given no clue as to what was going to happen to him. Since July 8, we have had no confirmation that he is still alive. Please sign our petition so we can reach our goal of 100,000 signatures which will force a debate in parliament on this issue and help secure Jack’s release. Sally Lane & John Letts, parents of Jack Letts

Update #24 years ago
ANOTHER URGENT MESSAGE: Only a small proportion of UK signers to this petition have transferred their signature to official government one. Please can you do this asap as we are hoping to trigger a parliamentary action before Christmas.

Link is: https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/203151

Thanks so much to all.

PS You may be interested in Guardian article from yesterday: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/nov/13/foreign-office-completely-obstructive-parents-jack-letts-held-kurds
Update #14 years ago
URGENT MESSAGE to all UK signers: We have finally received permission for the official government web petition. This is the only petition able to trigger an official response from Parliament.

This means we are issuing an urgent request to all UK signers to REPEAT THEIR SIGNATURE ASAP at: https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/203151 This is very important. Please also advertise among your contacts as widely as possible.

Signers in rest of world can continue to sign Care2.

Thank you. S&J

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