Shaker Aamer is a Saudi national and long-term British resident, with the right to return, who has been held at Guantanamo Bay for over ten years. Shaker Aamer has twice been approved for transfer from Guantanamo Bay, However, new US legislation governing transfers from Guantanamo Bay, and the British government’s failure to make effective representations seeking his release, means that Shaker remains imprisoned without charge in Guantanamo.
During his time in US detention, in Afghanistan as well as in Guantanamo Bay, Shaker has been a victim of horrific torture. Abuses suffered by Shaker Aamer in US detention include but are not limited to: beatings, lengthy interrogations, exposure to extreme cold, sensory deprivation, stress positions, white noise, sleep deprivation, long-term solitary confinement and forced feeding.
Meanwhile, Shaker’s British wife waits patiently for his return, and his four British children – the youngest of whom he has never even met – are growing up without him.