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Please Sign the E-Petition Urging the UK Government to Demand the Return from Guantánamo of Shaker Aamer


February 17, 2012 - On Tuesday, on the 10th anniversary of the arrival at Guantánamo of Shaker Aamer, the last the British resident in the prison, his family and his lawyers in London launched an e-petition on the government’s website, entitled, "Return Shaker Aamer to the UK," in which they noted: Shaker Aamer is a British resident with a British wife and children who has been imprisoned without trial by the US in Bagram Airforce Base and Guantánamo Bay for over ten years. The Foreign Secretary and the Foreign Office must undertake urgent new initiatives to achieve the immediate transfer of Shaker Aamer to the UK from continuing indefinite detention in Guantánamo Bay....

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Please Sign the E-Petition Urging the UK Government to Demand the Return from Guantánamo of Shaker Aamer

Andy Worthington

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February 17, 2012

Please sign the e-petition (British citizens and residents only).

On Tuesday, on the 10th anniversary of the arrival at Guantánamo of Shaker Aamer, the last the British resident in the prison, his family and his lawyers in London launched an e-petition on the government’s website, entitled, "Return Shaker Aamer to the UK," in which they noted:

Shaker Aamer is a British resident with a British wife and children who has been imprisoned without trial by the US in Bagram Airforce Base and Guantánamo Bay for over ten years. The Foreign Secretary and the Foreign Office must undertake urgent new initiatives to achieve the immediate transfer of Shaker Aamer to the UK from continuing indefinite detention in Guantánamo Bay.

With your help, we can secure the 100,000 signatures needed by May 14 for Shaker’s case to be debated in Parliament, and for the government to explain why he is still held, even though his release has been repeatedly approved by the US government, and repeatedly sought by the UK government:

  • The Bush administration cleared him for release from Guantánamo in 2007.
  • The Obama administration cleared him for release from Guantánamo in 2010.
  • The UK government under Gordon Brown requested his return to the UK in 2007.
  • The coalition government has been requesting his return to the UK since 2010.

Shaker Aamer’s ongoing detention is, therefore, both inexplicable and unjustifiable.

Please sign the e-petition, and help to publicise it as widely as possible, to put pressure on the British government to secure Shaker Aamer’s return to the UK.

Last year the campaign for a fair trial for Babar Ahmad secured over 100,000 signatures on an e-petition, leading to a Parliamentary debate and high-level opposition to the extradition laws as they currently stand. The public was sympathetic because Babar Ahmad has been held for eight years without charge or trial pending extradition to the US.

Shaker Aamer is held in Guantánamo, and not in the UK, but it is no less disgraceful that he has been held for ten years without charge or trial, and that his captors no longer even wish to hold him.

The British government has run out of excuses. Help us demand Shaker Aamer’s return, to bring ten years of injustice to an end.

"I am dying here everyday, mentally and physically … we have been ignored, locked up in the middle of the ocean for many years."
Shaker Aamer

"We have also had lots of Eid festivals without our dad which is not the same as him being here. We would not like to miss any more Eids. We want our Dad to pick us up from school and take us to the park like all other Dads … please don’t forget my dad."
Johina Aamer, now 14

"It is inconceivable that our closest ally could hold Shaker, the father of four little British children, for ten years without charge, and for five years after he has been cleared for release. Surely the UK is not totally impotent when it comes to protecting such basic human rights."
Clive Stafford Smith, Director, Reprieve

Andy Worthington is the author of The Guantánamo Files: The Stories of the 774 Detainees in America’s Illegal Prison (published by Pluto Press, distributed by Macmillan in the US, and available from Amazon — click on the following for the US and the UK) and of two other books: Stonehenge: Celebration and Subversion and The Battle of the Beanfield. To receive new articles in your inbox, please subscribe to my RSS feed (and I can also be found on Facebook, Twitter, Digg and YouTube). Also see my definitive Guantánamo prisoner list, updated in June 2011, "The Complete Guantánamo Files," a 70-part, million-word series drawing on files released by WikiLeaks in April 2011, and details about the documentary film, "Outside the Law: Stories from Guantánamo" (co-directed by Polly Nash and Andy Worthington, and available on DVD here — or here for the US). Also see my definitive Guantánamo habeas list and the chronological list of all my articles, and please also consider joining the new "Close Guantánamo campaign," and, if you appreciate my work, feel free to make a donation.



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