Shaker Aamer, a Wandsworth resident, has been held without charge or trial for more than 10 years. He is the last Londoner detained in Guantanamo Bay; his wife and four children wait for him in Wandsworth, he has never met his youngest child.
Last week I spoke at a Battersea Labour Party about sending a message to protest about his treatment to Labour Party Conference.
The party unanimously agreed that this should be the ‘Contemporary Issue’ that it sends to the Conference, held in a few weeks in Manchester. However, Shaker Aamer’s case is unlikely to be debated unless more local Labour Parties also submit the same issue.
If your local party has not voted on what to send to Conference, can I ask that you consider the below words? I would be glad to come to your meeting and explain some of the background to the case. The deadline to submit is noon on September 21.
Conference supports the campaign for the release of Shaker Aamer
The opening ceremony of the London Paralympics on August 29th celebrated the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Yet these rights have been denied to British Resident Shaker Aamer for over ten years. He remains incarcerated in Guantanamo in the harshest of conditions. He faces no charges or trial.
He was cleared for release by the US Administration in 2007 and also in 2010. Shaker remains in solitary confinement in a small steel and concrete cell, denied even a view of the sky. His lawyer, Clive Stafford Smith OBE, of the legal charity Reprieve, has stated that Shaker Aamer has suffered years of horrible abuse and that he is slowly dying in Guantanamo from serious medical conditions caused by years of brutal treatment and neglect.
On August 2nd 2012, the Metropolitan Police confirmed that Shaker Aamer’s allegations that he was tortured in the presence of UK agents in Afghanistan in 2002 are to be investigated and they plan to interview him in Guantanamo.
Conference calls for Shaker Aamer’s immediate release and return to his home and family in the UK and for his allegations of torture to be investigated in an open and transparent process in the UK.
Conference supports the work of the Save Shaker Aamer Campaign and similar campaigns demanding Shaker Aamer’s release, calls for the closure of Guantanamo and for those who authorised complicity in torture to be made accountable for crimes against humanity.