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WAT Protests at British Embassy Over Imprisonment of Shaker Aamer
US group, Witness Against Torture, Protests at British Embassy Over Imprisonment of Shaker Aamer
Washington D.C.- On the afternoon of January 6th U.S.based group, Witness Against Torture, will protest at the British Embassy over the continued imprisonment of Shaker Aamer, British citizen currently detained at Guantanamo Bay. Dozens of protesters dressing in orange jumpsuits and black hoods will sing, chant and display posters saying “I Stand With Shaker Aamer” along with banners depicting Aamer’s face. In solidarity with several UK based groups and Aamer’s lawyers, Witness Against Torture will demand that the British government take a stronger stance both for the immediate release of Shaker Aamer and closure of the illegal detention facility in Guantanamo Bay Cuba. A pending legal case against the UK brought by Aamer’s lawyers has invigorated renewed interest in his release.
Mr. Aamer, who has been held for 13 years without charge or trial. US authorities approved his release in 2007, under George W. Bush, and again in 2009, under Barack Obama. The British Government has been requesting his return since 2007