Shaker Aamer will be released from Guantánamo Bay
On 25 September 2015 it was announced that Shaker Aamer will finally be released from Guantánamo Bay after 13 years of detention and torture.
Shaker will be transferred to the UK, where his wife and four children are waiting for his return.
This is fantastic news for Shaker, his family, and the thousands of people who have fought for his release
But it comes 13 years too late. The US authorities have only just given notice to Congress, so that means that without robust intervention Shaker and his family have to wait until October 25th at the earliest for their reunion.
We are calling on the UK to demand that President Obama send Shaker home tomorrow, so that Shaker’s family do not have to endure yet more agony, uncertain every time a phone rings.
British politicians may talk about our ‘robust and effective systems to deal with suspected terrorists’ but Shaker is not and never has been a terrorist. He has never been charged with a crime or had a trial. He has been cleared for release by the Americans themselves for 8 years.
I hope the authorities will understand that he has been tortured and abused for more than a decade, and what he wants most is to be left alone with his family to start rebuilding his life.
Thank you to everyone who has stood with Shaker and fought for his release. We hope that he will be back in the UK with his family as soon as possible, and will continue to update you on his release.
Shaker Aamer was taken, hooded and shackled, to the prison camp at Guantánamo Bay on the same day his youngest child was born – a child he has still never met, touched, or even seen. Reprieve began representing Shaker, and he was cleared for release in 2007.
Click here to read more about Shaker Aamer.