On 25th September 2015, the US told the UK that Shaker Aamer, the last British resident held in the prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, will be released and returned to his family in the UK after being held for nearly 14 years without charge or trial.
By US law, 30 days’ notice must be given to Congress before any prisoner can be freed from Guantánamo, and in the meantime Shaker has embarked on a hunger strike protesting constant and ongoing abuse and his fears that, in his weakened state, he won’t live to see his family again.
To show solidarity with Shaker, his lawyer Clive Stafford Smith, celebrities, MPs, Shaker’s family, campaigners and supportive members of the public are pledging to undertake a hunger strike of their own, starting on 15th October, for a minimum of 24 hours.
We are hoping to encourage Shaker to give up his hunger strike, in the knowledge that others have chosen to take up his protest at his ongoing ill-treatment.
Shaker could be released by 24th October, at the end of Congress’s 30-day notification period, although there is no guarantee that he will be released immediately.
So please choose a date for your hunger strike, and take a photo of yourself, with the poster available for download here, which shows that you Fast With Shaker — or with your own message.
Please send your photo to us by email and we will upload it to our supporters page. Please do so on the day of your fast. Check out all the wonderful messages of support on the Calendar page. Click on each date for the comments.
Please also join us for a publicity photo at the press launch of Fast For Shaker on Thursday 15th October at 1pm in Old Palace Yard, by the George V statue, opposite the Houses of Parliament. Wear something orange!
In the US, please contact:
Jeremy Varon of Witness Against Torture on 732-979-3119 or by email.