Valentine Day Letter to David Cameron
Address  
 
14.2.2015                                                                                                                 
Prime Minister, 10 Downing Street, London SW1A 2AA
Dear David Cameron,
 
Today, February 14th marks the day, 14 years ago, that British Resident Shaker Aamer was rendered unlawfully to Guantanamo where he has suffered extreme brutality in absolute denial of all his human rights.  You have stated that Shaker Aamer’s release and return to the UK is a high priority for the UK Government and that his case is a matter of great urgency. 

It is therefore unacceptable that there is still no news of Shaker’s release.                          
 
As Prime Minister there are only a few weeks left for you to achieve this before Parliament is dissolved ahead of the General Election. It is shameful that Shaker Aamer remains in Guantanamo without hope of an end to these long years of torture. The inhumane treatment of Shaker Aamer is beyond belief. 
 
President Obama has recognised that there is great public pressure here for Shaker Aamer to return to his home and family in London. He has said that he “would prioritise Aamer’s case but would act in a manner consistent with US national security.” Shaker Aamer was cleared by President Obama to leave Guantanamo in 2009. He was also cleared by President Bush in 2007.    Shaker faces no charge or trial. He should be released immediately. In his State of Union Speech on January 20th 2015, President Obama declared that,            “As Americans, we have a proud commitment to justice, we cherish our civil liberties and we need to uphold that commitment if we want the maximum co-operation from other countries....Now it’s time to finish the job and I will not relent in my determination to shut Guantanamo down.”                                   
 
On February 14th 2002, Shaker Aamer was rendered to Guantanamo in chains. He had been sold for a bounty by Afghan warlords to the US Government. In all these long years of cruelty, Shaker Aamer has maintained a quiet dignity and courage. His spirit is still strong, but he has said that “a candle cannot last forever.” As others leave Guantanamo, he despairs that he will never be free. Shaker Aamer has a home, a loving wife and four children who long for his return. His youngest son, Faris was born on the very day he was imprisoned in Guantanamo. Today we appeal to you to honour the love of a family and end these years of terrible suffering and act now to bring this father home.                                                                                                    
 
Yours sincerely,                                                                                          
 
Joy Hurcombe, Chair of the Save Shaker Aamer Campaign
Ray Silk, Secretary of the Save Shaker Aamer Campaign