Vigil for Shaker Aamer - Last Londoner in Gtmo
December 10, 2011 12:00Tagged as: afghanistan guantanamo repression solidarity torture
Saturday, 10 December 2011
ASSEMBLE: Whitehall, opposite DOWNING STREET
12noon - 3pm (please note change to previously advertised time)
10th DEC 2011
HUMAN RIGHTS DAY
CALL FOR THE RELEASE OF SHAKER AAMER, A VICTIM OF GROSS INJUSTICE AND TORTURE
The Save Shaker Aamer Campaign (SSAC) demands that the British Government does everything possible to secure Shaker's release.
During our vigil, campaigners will read out articles 1-30 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which speak of fundamental freedoms, justice for all and peace in the world as inalienable rights of the human family.
We will also remember all those who have suffered from a decade of mass slaughter and destruction in illegal wars - the millions that have been killed, injured, and displaced, and the unknown number unjustly imprisoned, and tortured.
In February 2002, Shaker Aamer, a British resident, was illegally "rendered" to Guantanamo. There he became a respected spokesperson for other detainees against the unjust conditions there and, as a punishment, he was held in extreme solitary confinement in Camp Echo in the harshest of conditions. He has spent many years on hunger strike and cruelly force-fed with tubes thrust through his nose. Shaker has never been charged with any offence. He is currently on hunger strike, along with a number of other prisoners, highlighting the inhumane treatment taking place in the concentration camp. They have declared their innocence of any crime.
FREE SHAKER AAMER
SAVE SHAKER AAMER CAMPAIGN (SSAC)
- LAST LONDONER IN GUANTANAMO
Further information: ssac.contact [at] gmail.com tel. 07756493877
IMPRISONED FOR YEARS ON END,
WITHOUT CHARGE OR TRIAL
President Obama has broken his promise to close Guantanamo and the 171 prisoners, including Shaker Aamer, remain there in denial of all their human rights. President Obama has ruled that prisoners can be kept in Guantanamo indefinitely. They can be held without any evidence against them. kidnapping and incarcerating people for years on end, without charge or trial, and taking away their freedom and human rights whilst simultaneously denigrating and abusing them physically and mentally is clearly unjust.
The British government must demand Shaker Aamer's release. The US Administration, in failing to close Guantanamo, failing to recognise the injustice done to Shaker Aamer and so many others, has damaged the cause of human rights throughout the world.
The SSAC calls upon the US President to close Guantanamo and return to the rule of international law and a respect for human rights.
Please write to the US and the UK Governments to demand the immediate return of Shaker Aamer to his family in the UK.
Prime Minister David Cameron MP, 10 Downing Street, London SW1A 2AG &
Foreign Secretary William Hague MP, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, King Charles Street, London SW1A 2AH
President Barack Obama, The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington DC 20500, USA
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, 2201 C Street NW, Washington DC 20301, USA
DEMAND THE RELEASE OF SHAKER AAMER
LAST LONDONER IN GUANTANAMO
Contact email: ssac.contact [at] gmail.com