Campaigners are to demand the urgent release of the last Briton held in Guantanamo at an event planned to be held in the British Parliament.
Conservative MP Jane Ellison along with the human rights organization Cageprisoners will host a meeting at the House of Commons on Monday 29 October as part of the campaign to “Save Shaker Aamer”.
The event called “A Decade of Injustice: Why is Shaker Aamer still in Guantanamo?” is expected to screen a video on the Saudi-born British resident’s decade-long imprisonment without having been charged with an offence. The meeting will also host discussions on how to help the release of the last British citizen from the US military’s notorious Guantanamo prison camp in Cuba.
“It is time for the UK government to publicly condemn the US for the torture of a British resident in breach of all international laws,” said a spokeswoman for the Save Shaker Aamer Campaign.
Earlier in April, activists from the very organization, which campaigns against Aamer’s illegal confinement, staged a protest outside the British Parliament to lobby MPs to step up pressure on the US to release the last Briton held in Guantanamo. They also accused the British government of not pressing the US hard enough to return Shaker Aamer back to the UK.
Shaker Aamer was kidnapped in 2001 in Afghanistan for allegedly leading a unit of fighters in the Asian country. He was transferred to the US-run military detention facility later in 2002.
As there had been no evidence against Aamer, he was cleared for release under the administration of former President of the United States, George W. Bush in 2007 and also Barack Obama’s administration in 2009, but he was never set free despite reports revealing his torment because of long periods in solitary confinement.