Monday 24 November 2014,
Old Palace Yard,
NR Houses of Parliament,
New Campaign Calls for the Release of Shaker Aamer, the last British resident in Guantánamo
24 November 2014 marks the 13th anniversary of the capture of Shaker Aamer, a legal British resident with a British wife and four British children, by bounty hunters in Afghanistan, where he had travelled to provide humanitarian aid.
Mr. Aamer arrived in Guantánamo on 14 February 2002, the day his youngest son was born, and he is still held, even though he has twice been approved for release by the US authorities – under President Bush in 2007 and under President Obama in 2009 – and the British government has been calling for his return since 2007.
The reasons for Mr. Aamer’s ongoing imprisonment have never been adequately explained, but an independent medical expert recently confirmed that he has serious physical ailments and mental health issues as a result of his long imprisonment without charge or trial.
Any further delay is unacceptable, especially as, yesterday, five Guantánamo prisoners cleared for release (from Yemen and Tunisia) were given new homes in Georgia and Slovakia, while Shaker Aamer, who could easily be returned to the UK, is still held.
The ‘We Stand With Shaker’ campaign is encouraging celebrities and members of the public worldwide to take part in our photo campaign, to educate the public about Mr. Aamer’s plight, and to put pressure on the British government to demand his immediate release.
Please come along, in orange jumpsuits if possible, and with signs saying “I Stand With Shaker” to show your support!
For further information;
Joanne MacInnes, campaign co-ordinator: +44 (0)7867 553580
Andy Worthington, campaign director: email@example.com
Veterans for Peace UK stand with Britain’s last remaining resident in Guantanamo Bay. You might wonder why David Cameron has dragged his feet for so long in obtaining his release. Does Britain stand for fair trials, or does Britain stand for the torture of innocent men and no trial?
An absolute disgrace that the people who shout out their “patriotism£” so loudly are silent on this matter, just as we have had British subjects expelled from Diego Garcia to make home for our dear US “rendition”(=torture) buddies. All in the name of our “special relationship”, though, in this case, the politicians who are supposed to represent us cop out in a particularly shameful fashion.I wonder if Mr Farage and chums will join in pushing for Shaker’s return to his home and family, or is their “patriotism£” just for media show ? Congrats again to VFP for sticking with this humanitarian cause.