The US Government has held Shaker Aamer without charge or trial at US Naval Station Guantánamo Bay for more than 11 years. Shaker is on a list of detainees cleared for transfer. He is married to a United Kingdom national, and the UK government has called for him to be returned to their custody on numerous occasions. UK Prime Minister David Cameron raised Shaker Aamer's case with President Obama at the 2013 G8 summit. Despite all this, the United States Government has denied Shaker Aamer his freedom for more than a decade.
Shaker Aamer speaks fluent English and his lawyers understand that he has been involved in protesting against conditions at the camp, including participating in hunger strikes and speaking out on behalf of other detainees. They believe that he has been subjected to prolonged isolation and frequent torture and ill-treatment as punishment for his defiance against indefinite detention and ill-treatment. These abuses, combined with lack of adequate medical treatment, have caused Shaker Aamer's health to deteriorate.
Under international human rights law, each Guantánamo detainee should either be charged and fairly tried in an ordinary civilian court (US federal court), or be released to a country that will respect his human rights. Given the UK government's request that he be released to their custody, he should be transferred without delay.
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WRITE TO THE SPECIAL ENVOY FOR GUANTÁNAMO
Urge him to release Shaker Aamer if he is not to be charged and tried according to fair trial standards, particularly in light of the fact that UK authorities have called for and agreed to Shaker Aamer's return to the UK.
Call on him to release all those held in Guantánamo Bay without further delay unless they are to be charged with a recognizable criminal offense and tried in US federal court in proceedings that comply with international fair trial standards.
Clifford SloanSTART YOUR LETTER: Dear Mr. Sloan
Special Envoy for Guantánamo
US Department of State
2201 C Street NW
Washington, DC 20520
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