Posted on March 2, 2019 at 4:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Nearly two hundred writers, editors, publishers, teachers and human-rights advocates are petitioning Mauritania to grant a passport to a former Guantánamo Bay detainee, according to the Guardian.

Mohamedou Ould Slahi was released from the US detention center after fourteen years in 2016, although he maintains that he renounced al-Qaida in the 1990s.

After his release, he wrote a memoir about his experiences; Guantánamo Diary became an international bestseller and was longlisted for the UK’s leading nonfiction award.

Slahi wants to leave Mauritania for Germany, where a doctor has offered free medical care for conditions Slahi says are related to his detention, but Mauritania has denied his passport application.

Read more about the dispute in the Guardian.

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