Write to Your MP: Request Full Parliamentary Debate for Shaker Aamer
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Address and Date          
Member of Parliament,                                                                                                                  
House of Commons, London SW1A 2AA                                                                                                          

Dear ................................MP,                                                                                                                                
 
I am writing to ask you to make urgent representations for a full debate in the House of Commons for the release and return of British resident Shaker Aamer to the UK in accordance with the e-petition process. The Government e-petition requesting “new initiatives to achieve the immediate transfer of Shaker Aamer to the UK from continuing detention in Guantanamo Bay” obtained 117,442 signatures. An adjournment debate was held in Westminster Hall on 24th April but this did not lead to immediate action for Shaker’s return.                                                                                                        
 
In June, in the House of Commons, Prime Minister David Cameron assured Battersea MP Jane Ellison, that he had spoken to President Obama at the G8 summit regarding Shaker Aamer. He said that he was writing to President Obama about the “specifics” of the case and that he would report back on his progress.                                                                                                                                  
 
But, these are just words and still there is no news of Shaker’s release and return. Recently, two prisoners from Guantanamo were transferred to Algeria. Their story was the same as Shaker’s. They had been held without charge for over eleven years and, like Shaker, they had been cleared for transfer for many years.                        
 
The “waiver” legislation in the National Defence Authorisation Act 2013 (Section 1028) was used for these releases. Shaker Aamer should be next on the list to be released. The UK fulfils all the security requirements for Shaker’s return.                                                                                                          

I urge you to demand Shaker Aamer’s immediate release and return to the UK. Shaker has been on hunger strike for many months and he is now very weak.              
 
As the days go by, we fear that Shaker may die before he is allowed home.                                                                                                                                                                                                          
There have been worrying reports that Shaker Aamer has been threatened with transfer from Guantanamo to Saudi Arabia, a country he fled from nearly 30 years ago. Saudi officials have told him that he would be punished and imprisoned if he is sent there. He would be separated from his British wife and British children for ever.  I understand that the UK Government agencies have secretly briefed against Shaker Aamer’s return to the UK. If Shaker is forcibly transferred to Saudi Arabia, they would no longer have to face Shaker’s allegations of torture in the presence of UK agents, when he was harshly interrogated in Afghanistan.                                                                                        
I appeal to you as my MP, to demand that the Government renews its efforts for Shaker Aamer’s immediate release and return to his family in the UK. I ask you to insist that he is not sent for further abuse and cruelty in Saudi Arabia.                                                                                                              
 
The Save Shaker Aamer Campaign holds weekly vigils on Wednesdays opposite the Houses of Parliament from 1pm to 3pm to demand urgent  action to bring Shaker Aamer home. Please support us. Please do what you can to end this shameful injustice to one innocent man and his family.                                                                              
 
Yours sincerely,