Grayson on Guantanamo: Free Shaker, Tariq and Emad, protests, links and 12th anniversary video

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Shaker Aamer held for 12 years, never been tried, never been convicted and Tariq Ba Odah, in his 13th year at Guantanamo without charge, cleared in 2009, hunger striking for freedom

London Protest

MEDIA RELEASE: London Activists (London Guantanamo Campaign) to Mark Twelfth Anniversary of Guantánamo Bay with demonstration in Trafalgar Square, Saturday 11 January, 2-4pm

Activists wearing orange jumpsuits and black hoods will hold up placards in Trafalgar Square, outside the National Gallery, to mark the 12th anniversary of the opening of the Guantánamo Bay prison camp, and demand its closure.

The London Guantánamo Campaign [1] will host the demonstration, and speakers will include Jeremy Corbyn MP, Sarah Ludford MEP and Louise Christian, solicitor for former Guantánamo prisoners [2].

Aisha Maniar, a spokesperson for the London Guantánamo Campaign, says, “Twelve years on, the prison at Guantánamo Bay remains a stain on the current global landscape.

It is unfortunate that it has taken a near-fatal hunger strike by prisoners to remind the world, and Barack Obama, of his promise to close the facility. While a step in the right direction, recently renewed efforts by the US administration to reduce the number of prisoners and close the facility remain half-hearted.

“Where there is no risk to their safety, President Obama must ensure that prisoners cleared for release are repatriated immediately. In addition, periodic reviews of prisoners must be accelerated to ensure any further releases. Other states must step up their efforts by demanding the repatriation of their nationals and residents.

The British government can lead the way by using this anniversary to renew its demands for the return of hunger-striking British resident Shaker Aamer to his family in London. The time to act is now. There must be no more anniversaries.”

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Guantánamo activists rally in front of the White House for President Obama close the prison

Earlier protest at the White House, Mos Def undergoes the horror of being force-fed

US (Washington DC) Protest

Center for Constitutional Rights Media Release

Today 11th January 2014, marks the 12th anniversary of the arrival of the first men to be detained at Guantánamo. Today, 155 men are still detained at the prison. Many of these men have been cleared for years but remain imprisoned, trapped by politics. More than half of the men are Yemeni, and despite the president lifting his self-imposed ban on transfers to Yemen last spring, not one has been sent home since 2010. Join us today at noon in front of The White House to demand President Barack Obama release Yemeni men from Guantánamo. He cannot meet his promise to close the prison until he does so.



Guantanamo links


Emad Abdallah Hassan was ‘cleared for release’ in 2010, but continues to be incarcerated

The Guantanamo Experiment: Letter from detainee on Gitmo’s 12th year

CagePrisoners Giving a voice to the voiceless


Andy Worthington: How to write to a prisoner


Reprieve: Sami al Haj 12th Anniversary Message on video


Carol Anne Grayson: The right not to be forcefed


Why I went on solidarity hunger strike

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Thanks to LGC and other activists for sharing images.

Carol Anne Grayson is an independent writer/researcher on global health/human rights and is Executive Producer of the Oscar nominated, Incident in New Baghdad.  She is a Registered Mental Nurse with a Masters in Gender Culture and Development. Carol was awarded the ESRC, Michael Young Prize for Research 2009, and the COTT ‘Action = Life’ Human Rights Award’ for “upholding truth and justice”. She is also a survivor of US “collateral damage”.

About Carol Anne Grayson

Blogging for Humanity.... Campaigner/researcher global health/human rights/drones/WOT/insurgency Exec Producer of Oscar nominated documentary Incident in New Baghdad, currently filming on drones.
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