“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
Please sign the e-petition calling for the British government to secure the return to the UK of Shaker Aamer, the last British resident in Guantánamo.
With your help, we can secure the 100,000 signatures needed by May 14 for Shaker’s case to be debated in Parliament.
Shaker Aamer, a legal British resident with a British wife and four British children, has been held in Guantánamo for ten years without charge or trial.
He remains 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, 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.
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.
“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
Sign the e-petition here (www.freeshaker.com)
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