UK activists hold a candlelit vigil in London in support of Shaker Aamer.
Campaigners have held a candlelit vigil in London to mark the eleventh anniversary of illegal arrest of Shaker Aamer.
Activists attended the vigil, which took place in Trafalgar Square, London, on November 23, expressing concerns about physical and mental health of the Saudi-born British citizen, who has been held in the US military’s notorious Guantanamo prison camp in Cuba for more than a decade without having been charged with an offence.
Shaker Aamer was kidnapped in November 2001 in Afghanistan for allegedly leading a unit of fighters in the Asian country. He was transferred to the US-run military detention facility later on in 2002.
As there had been no evidence against Aamer, he was cleared for release under the administration of former President of the United States, George W. Bush in 2007 and also Barack Obama in 2009, but he was never set free despite reports revealing his torment because of long periods of being in solitary confinement.
Reprieve director Clive Stafford Smith, who represents Aamer, said, "Can you imagine spending the last 11 years of your life locked up 4,000 miles from your family, without charges, cleared for release but still detained?”
In a letter to British Prime Minister David Cameron, the Save Shaker Aamer Campaign also called on the UK government to step up pressure on the US to release the last Briton held in Guantanamo, stressing that Aamer has suffered “cruel torture, injustice and abuse” despite facing no trial.
Earlier in October, campaigners demanded the urgent release of Shaker Aamer at an event that was held in the British Parliament.