In Week 3 we petitioned in the Forum for Shaker Aamer– a Saudi Arabian-born British resident, who was working in Afghanistan, before he was taken to Guantanamo Bay in February 2002. Since 2007 Shaker Aamer has been cleared for release to Saudi Arabia, but in most cases, those released from Guantanamo are only allowed to stay in one country for the rest of their lives. Shaker Aamer has a British wife and four children living in England, thus he wants to be cleared for release to the UK. We got lots of signatures and we hope that this will make a difference in Shaker Aamer’s case.
In Week 4, we followed up this case with a photo petition on Facebook (link below) to raise more awareness for Shaker Aamer’s case. However, it is also important to remember that Shaker Aamer is just one example of many who are held in Guantanamo Bay without charge in inhumane conditions.
On Wednesday evening (04/02) we watched a documentary called Road to Guantanamo (link below) which focused on the Tipton Three- a group of British men, who were detained in Guantanamo for being in the wrong place at the wrong time. The Guardian has an article on the Tipton Three if you’re interested in finding out some more about their story.
How to get involved:
- Sign the action to put pressure on Britain and the US here.
- Check out the photo petition on Facebook.
- If you missed the film, Road to Guantanamo, check it out in full on YouTube
- And, of course, everyone is welcome to come along to our weekly meetings on Wednesdays 13-14 in Cornwall House.
Next week we will be embarking on a new campaign! Hope to see you at the meeting.