Use Your Voice to Free Shaker Aamer

Shaker AamerYour voice has power! Today’s write for rights case is one that Amnesty International has been working on for a few years now. For the past 11 years, Shaker Aamer has been detained at Guantanamo Bay without charge. His wife is a citizen of the United Kingdom, and the UK has asked for his return on numerous occasions. Aamer has been cleared for release, and even though Prime Minister David Cameron spoke to President Barack Obama about Aamer’s case as the G8 summit earlier this year, the US government refuses to release him.

Free Shaker Aamer

Aamer has been involved in the recent hunger strikes and protests taking place in Guantanamo. His lawyers believe that he may be subjected to torture and prolonged isolation as a result of his actions and defiance for his indefinite detention. Aamer’s health has deteriorated because of these abuses as well as a lack of adequate medical treatment. Since the UK is willing to accept Aamer into the country, he should be transferred without delay. Send a letter to the US government demanding that Aamer be released immediately and unconditionally.

Sample Letter

Clifford Sloan
Special Envoy for Guantánamo
U.S. Department of State
2201 C Street NW
Washington, DC 20520

Dear Mr. Sloan,

I urge the U.S. government to transfer Shaker Aamer from U.S. Naval Station Guantánamo Bay to the United Kingdom, if he is not to be charged and fairly tried in U.S. federal court. Under international human rights law each Guantánamo detainee should either be charged and fairly tried in criminal court, or be released to a country that will respect his human rights.

The U.S. government has held Shaker Aamer without charge at Guantánamo for nearly 12 years. Shaker Aamer alleges that he has been subjected to torture and other ill-treatment in U.S. custody. U.K. authorities, including Prime Minister David Cameron, have called for Shaker Aamer to be returned to the UK, and the U.S. Government has cleared Shaker Aamer for transfer, yet he remains held without charge. It is well past time to resolve his case.

Whatever legislative obstacles Congress has put in the way of the administration’s efforts to close the Guantánamo detention facilities, all branches of the U.S. government remain obliged to resolve the detentions in line with international human rights obligations. International law demands that solutions be found. Thank you for your attention to this urgent matter.

Sincerely,
[Your Name]

St. Louis Letter Writing Marathon Saturday

We still need help with our tabling, and we still have a goal of 200 letters, so please join us anytime between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. at Schlafly Bottleworks this Saturday! Take action and write for rights!

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One thought on “Use Your Voice to Free Shaker Aamer

  1. Pingback: Obama Administration’s Leadership on International Human Rights (Part 3) | Amnesty International, St. Louis Blog

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