Shaker Aamer has been held without charge for over 10 years

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Waltham Forest Amnesty International members Wendy Wood, Inga Wolf, Alison Caldow, Ulrike Schmidt and Hannah Slater at the Rose and Crown this week. Waltham Forest Amnesty International members Wendy Wood, Inga Wolf, Alison Caldow, Ulrike Schmidt and Hannah Slater at the Rose and Crown this week.

An Amnesty International group has ‘adopted’ the UK’s last remaining Guantanamo Bay prisoner.

The Amnesty International Waltham Forest Group will campaign on behalf of Shaker Aamer, who has been held without charge since 2001, and has called for his release or charges to be brought.

His lawyer says he is being held even though he has been cleared for release.

Group chairwoman Inga Wolf said: “He doesn’t know what he’s been imprisoned for, they’ve held him there for 10 years and they’ve never really explained it to him.

“He’s been tortured, forced to make untrue statements to save himself from further torture and has been on hunger strike since May.”

The group plan to write to the American government and try to contact Mr Aamer himself, who is a Saudi Arabian national but has permission to live in the UK indefinitely as his wife is British.

They have four children and live in south London.

Mr Aamer’s was initially arrest in Kabul, Afghanistan, 12 years ago.

He was later transferred to Guantanamo Bay in Cuba, where he has been detained since 2002.

Last month he was broadcast speaking from his cell for the first time.

“Tell the world the truth, please, we are tired,” he said on US news network CBS’s 60 Minutes programme.

“Either you leave us to die in peace or either tell the world the truth. Open up the place. Let the world come and visit. Let the world hear what’s happening.”

The UK Foreign Office said his case is a high priority.

The Amnesty International Waltham Forest Group meets on the first Tuesday of each month in the Rose and Crown on Hoe Street, Walthamstow.

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7:23pm Thu 5 Dec 13

Billy Yerache says...

Who would you trust? The prisoner or US?
Who would you trust? The prisoner or US? Billy Yerache

7:28pm Thu 5 Dec 13

stickmanny says...

The prisoner. Every time.

One again you prove you have no idea what you are talking about.
The prisoner. Every time. One again you prove you have no idea what you are talking about. stickmanny

7:40pm Thu 5 Dec 13

Billy Yerache says...

stickmanny wrote:
The prisoner. Every time.

One again you prove you have no idea what you are talking about.
I knew you would vote for the baddie

Meanwhile the Taxpayer will support his UK family

The US are our allies

Thank God for their support in the last world war
[quote][p][bold]stickmanny[/bold] wrote: The prisoner. Every time. One again you prove you have no idea what you are talking about.[/p][/quote]I knew you would vote for the baddie Meanwhile the Taxpayer will support his UK family The US are our allies Thank God for their support in the last world war Billy Yerache

8:42pm Thu 5 Dec 13

stickmanny says...

"I knew you would vote for the baddie"

Oh yes the baddies: you must be referring to those who spy on ordinary citizens as well as their allies. Those who kidnap suspects on foreign soil and arrange their torture. Those who detain suspects for ten years without trial, never presenting a shred of evidence against them.


"Meanwhile the Taxpayer will support his UK family"

You made this up. It is not true.
"I knew you would vote for the baddie" Oh yes the baddies: you must be referring to those who spy on ordinary citizens as well as their allies. Those who kidnap suspects on foreign soil and arrange their torture. Those who detain suspects for ten years without trial, never presenting a shred of evidence against them. "Meanwhile the Taxpayer will support his UK family" You made this up. It is not true. stickmanny

9:31pm Thu 5 Dec 13

WalthamWabbit says...

This is a Good Thing that the occupiers of Ye Olde Rose And Crowne Familye Theatre Pube have worked up between themselves.

While I have never heard of such a campaign for prisoners of war or seen it widely advertised on television I am sure that they will be rewarded as in other such Adoption Campaigns such as the ones where you can pay to house a Snow Leopard for a period of time. In such instances you receive a model Snow Leopard, regular photographic evidence as to its existence and continued growth, a short letter explaining its recent behaviour and on some occasions a small Medal. I hope that these Pub Goers receive similar rewards for adopting this particular prisoner of war.
This is a Good Thing that the occupiers of Ye Olde Rose And Crowne Familye Theatre Pube have worked up between themselves. While I have never heard of such a campaign for prisoners of war or seen it widely advertised on television I am sure that they will be rewarded as in other such Adoption Campaigns such as the ones where you can pay to house a Snow Leopard for a period of time. In such instances you receive a model Snow Leopard, regular photographic evidence as to its existence and continued growth, a short letter explaining its recent behaviour and on some occasions a small Medal. I hope that these Pub Goers receive similar rewards for adopting this particular prisoner of war. WalthamWabbit

9:34pm Thu 5 Dec 13

stickmanny says...

hello Cornbeefur you're wasting the only life you'll ever have

very poor
hello Cornbeefur you're wasting the only life you'll ever have very poor stickmanny

10:06pm Thu 5 Dec 13

timplum says...

Billy Yerache wrote:
stickmanny wrote:
The prisoner. Every time.

One again you prove you have no idea what you are talking about.
I knew you would vote for the baddie

Meanwhile the Taxpayer will support his UK family

The US are our allies

Thank God for their support in the last world war
Yes indeed we are grateful for their WW2 support BUT rounding up people on a whim and shoving them away without trial and hoping they'll be forgotten is a wholly different kettle of fish.

If they think they've got evidence, then put Mr Aamer (and the others) on trial and present it in a court of law under their much vaunted Bill of Rights.
[quote][p][bold]Billy Yerache[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]stickmanny[/bold] wrote: The prisoner. Every time. One again you prove you have no idea what you are talking about.[/p][/quote]I knew you would vote for the baddie Meanwhile the Taxpayer will support his UK family The US are our allies Thank God for their support in the last world war[/p][/quote]Yes indeed we are grateful for their WW2 support BUT rounding up people on a whim and shoving them away without trial and hoping they'll be forgotten is a wholly different kettle of fish. If they think they've got evidence, then put Mr Aamer (and the others) on trial and present it in a court of law under their much vaunted Bill of Rights. timplum

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