Actually, this is only one of them. Apparently there are many more around the world, but operated secretly. We are in fact referring to Guantanamo Bay – a part of Cuba that the Americans refuse to return to its rightful owners.
I was recently sent an email, asking for help. I repeat it here below, and ask you, in turn to see what you can do. The wider this message is spread, and the more people that take action on it, the better the chances of bringing this man home!
10 years in Guantanamo: Free Shaker Aamer
Shaker Aamer has been held in Guantánamo Bay since 2002. He is a legal permanent resident of the UK, married to a British national, with four British children living in London.
Shaker has long been cleared for release by the United States. He has never been charged by the United States with a crime and has never received a trial. However, he has been repeatedly abused and subjected to extended isolation in Guantánamo Bay.
He has been cleared of any wrongdoing, but the US authorities will not allow him to return to his family in London. Pressure from the British government is vital in securing Shaker’s release..
Please sign the e-petition to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office(UK citizens and residents only)
“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 Guantanamo 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 Guantanamo Bay.”
Please forward this email to all your friends and family and ask them to sign.
However, the way the petition system is operated, it won’t trigger any action until it gets to 100,000 signatures, and at present it is only at 6,256. Shaker Aamer could be old and grey before the petition gets anywhere near Parliamentary debate.
I think much more than that is needed. Therefore I ask you to write to your MP personally, or you can send one letter with a group of people signing it. Not sure how to do this? There is a range of options below – pick one!
Contact your Councillors, MP, MEPs, MSPs, or Northern Ireland, Welsh and London AMs for free
Find your MP (Contact details given on personal website)
Lists of MPs (Contact details given on personal website)
They Work for You (Uses “writetothem.com” given above)
Please do what you can, and pass on the word. Lets bring this man home before Christmas!