Join us for just ONE HOUR for our monthy demo outside the US embassy to call for the closure of Guantanamo, Bagram and secret CIA prisons, the return of British resident Shaker Aamer to the UK, the release of other prisoners not facing any charges to countries where they will not face persecution, and an end to the US practice of kidnap, torture and indefinite detention without charge or proper trial.
British residents Shaker Aamer and Ahmed Belbacha still languish in Guantanamo. Shaker has a British wife and children living in Battersea, south London. His children have had to grow up without their father for the past eight years, and his youngest son has never even met his father, having been born after Shaker was taken away. Shaker has been detained without charge and abused for the past eight years, a large proportion of the time in solitary confinement due to his advocacy for prisoners' rights. A recent report in Harpers magazine suggested that he witnessed the beating to death of fellow prisoners by military guards and it has been suggested that this is the reason he is still being held: the powers that be don't want the truth to come out.
But Guantanamo is a holiday camp compared to Bagram prison in Afghanistan. Hundreds of prisoners are still held there with no access whatsoever to lawyers or the outside world. Reports suggest that horrific abuse is the norm and the same pattern of indefinite arbitrary detention without charge or trial is present. Obama is spending millions of dollars expanding the prison at Bagram, and it is fast becoming "Obama's Guantanamo".
Only massive global public pressure can force the US to shut Guantanamo, Bagram and secret CIA prisons and end the US practice of kidnap and torture and indefinite detention without charge or trial, in which the British government and intelligence agencies have been willing partners.
London Guantanamo Campaign
e-mail: london.gtmo [at] googlemail.com