Shaker Aamer

The Chilling Reason Why Shaker Aamer Didn't Eat Or Drink On His Flight Home

The Huffington Post UK | Eve Hartley | Posted 03.11.2015 | UK

Former British-based Guantánamo Bay detainee Shaker Aamer, was flown home last week after being freed from 13 years in captivity. It has now been ...

Shaker Aamer 'To Seek Compensation' Following Release From Guantanamo

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 31.10.2015 | UK

Shaker Aamer is reportedly set to take legal action against the Government following his release. Amir, the last British resident held at Guantanam...

Shaker Aamer Thanks His Supporters For Their 'Devotion'

The Huffington Post UK | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 30.10.2015 | UK

Shaker Aamer said he is "overwhelmed" with the support he has received over the last 13 years as he thanked all those who fought for his release on Fr...

Shaker Aamer Lands In Britain After 13 Years In Guantanamo

The Huffington Post UK | Jack Sommers | Posted 30.10.2015 | UK

Shaker Aamer has landed in the UK after 5,006 days of detention without trial in Guantanamo Bay. The 46-year-old was the last Briton being held at ...

This Heartbreaking Letter Shows How Long Shaker Aamer Has Been In Guantanamo

The Huffington Post UK | Jack Sommers | Posted 30.10.2015 | UK

UPDATE: Shaker Aamer Lands In Britain After 13 Years In Guantanamo Bay A letter written by Shaker Aamer's daughter when she was aged just seven rev...

Last Briton Held In Guantanamo Bay Is Released

The Huffington Post UK | Jack Sommers | Posted 30.10.2015 | UK

Shaker Aamer, the last British resident held in Guantanamo Bay, has been released, the Foreign Office has confirmed. Mr Aamer has been due for rele...

Shaker Aamer and Our Responsibility

Baroness Jones | Posted 23.10.2015 | UK Politics
Baroness Jones

We need to know exactly what the US government - and the UK government, which has been complicit in the 'rendering' of British and other nationals to Guantanamo - has done, so we can hold them to account. For all of us, the fight for justice for Shaker, his wife and children, is far from over.

Detained Briton In Guantanamo Bay To Be Returned To UK

PA | Posted 28.09.2015 | UK

Shaker Aamer, the last British resident held at Guantanamo Bay, is to be released, a British Government spokesman said.The US government has notified ...

We Stand with Shaker Campaign: Free the last British Citizen held at Guantanamo

Tasnim Nazeer | Posted 16.02.2015 | UK Politics
Tasnim Nazeer

Shaker Aamer, a Saudi Arabian citizen and the last British resident to be held without charge at Guantanamo bay has still not been given the freedom he deserves after more than 13 years of imprisonment.

The Last British Man In Guantánamo Is Now A Giant Inflatable

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 24.11.2014 | UK

Politicians and celebrities have posed with a giant inflatable to support the last British man in Guantánamo, accusing governments of leaving Shaker ...

Guantánamo PR Can't Obscure the Reality of Force-Feeding

Clive Stafford Smith | Posted 10.12.2014 | UK
Clive Stafford Smith

The new motto is "Guantánamo: Safe, Humane, Legal, Transparent." It is neither safe, humane or legal, however, if you are a detainee engaging in a peaceful protest against more than a decade of arbitrary detention. It is hardly transparent.

Beyond the Front Pages

Carla Buzasi | Posted 16.04.2014 | UK
Carla Buzasi

Whether you are celebrating Valentine's Day or not this year, it's certainly difficult to ignore. Of all the articles that have been written about the event, and we have certainly run our fair share on HuffPost UK, I don't believe there are any as poignant or heart wrenching as our blog from Guantanamo Bay resident Shaker Aamer.

A Bitter Valentine's Day

Shaker Aamer | Posted 30.10.2015 | UK Politics
Shaker Aamer

It's 14 February. In Britain it will be Valentine's Day. In 2002, it was the day I arrived in Guantánamo Bay, and the day my youngest child was born - Faris, whom I have never been allowed to touch... I have no doubt justice will prevail and the light of the truth will shine all over the world. What is happening to us and others is a small price for justice, peace, and happiness which will cover the whole world soon. Always, after total darkness, the sun rises again. I hope to see the sun of justice, peace, and happiness with my own eyes. It will be a great day. If I don't get to see that sun, please remember that I have endured all this in the name of Justice.

Twelve Years a Guantánamo Slave

Neil Durkin | Posted 13.04.2014 | UK Politics
Neil Durkin

Well, not exactly a slave, but a slave of the Guantánamo system. I'm talking about Shaker Aamer, the former UK resident who is still - still - marooned at the notorious US detention centre in the Caribbean almost exactly 12 years after being taken there during the height of George W Bush's frenzied and law-breaking "war on terror".

Guantánamo: Where There Are No Shades of Grey

Neil Durkin | Posted 22.03.2014 | UK Politics
Neil Durkin

One of the books that detainees at Guantánamo Bay are 50 Shades of Grey, the international bestseller from the US writer EL James. Could it be that the US military authorities have decided that James' erotic thriller is actually pornographic (so-called "mummy porn") and therefore unsuitable for the camp's 155 detainees?

The Torture Remains the Same

Shaker Aamer | Posted 30.10.2015 | UK
Shaker Aamer

They know what they are doing to me is wrong and that's why they are scared. It is not me they are worried about, but they have some metaphorical sense that their mother or father is going to see what they are up to, and wonder what has become of them. Instead of being a brave soldier, they have been reduced to the rank of 'Scrotum Searcher Third Class', and they are told to beat up a defenceless and shackled prisoner with the help of five of their tough buddies.

Ex Senior Army Legal Advisor's Words Give Comfort in Guantánamo Bay

Clive Stafford Smith | Posted 09.02.2014 | UK
Clive Stafford Smith

I sent Shaker Aamer the sermon Reverend Nicholas Mercer delivered in October which denounces the UK's involvement in the tortuous and horrifying tactics used in the 'war on terror' and its continued denial of justice to those still subjected to those same practices. Shaker, clearly touched, wrote back almost immediately.

Why Has the US Government Still Not Released Shaker Aamer?

Tasnim Nazeer | Posted 29.01.2014 | UK Politics
Tasnim Nazeer

Shaker Aamer, the last British resident to be held by the United States in the Guantanamo Bay detention camps, for over 11 years, is still yet to be released by the US government. One has to question why the US is taking so long to release Aamer despite the fact that he has been cleared for release over six years ago?

Will They Ever Let Us Back to Our Families?

Shaker Aamer | Posted 30.10.2015 | UK
Shaker Aamer

I know I will leave here one day, perhaps soon. I have long been cleared, for six years now. But what of the other men here? Again, I worry about the 80 people who have not been cleared more than I do about myself and the other 83 who have. Some might get a trial of sorts, but scores never will. They say it's because they can't use the evidence against them in court. Even if we believe this excuse, we might well ask why the evidence is inadmissible - is it because they tortured the men? If so, then a thousand years of experience tells us that the statements are certainly unreliable, and probably false.

Shaker Aamer: Treatment In Guantanamo Worse Than 'Despotic Regime'

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 29.11.2013 | UK

Shaker Aamer, the last British resident in Guantanamo Bay has accused the US government of enforcing a punishment on him that even the most "despotic ...

'Leave Us To Die In Peace.. Or Tell The World The Truth'

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK

Shaker Aamer, the last British resident being held at Guantanamo Bay, has called for authorities to "let the world come and visit" to allow people to ...

Last Briton In Guantanamo To Sue MI5 And MI6

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 25.09.2013 | UK

Shaker Aamer, the last British man in Guantanamo Bay, is to sue British intelligence services for alleged torture and unlawful detention at the Cuban ...

Have I Lost Hope at Guantanamo?

Shaker Aamer | Posted 30.10.2015 | UK Politics
Shaker Aamer

My name is Shaker. I am also known as Sawad Al-Madany because I was born in the Holy City of Medina. Please can you remember these names for me, because I hardly can anymore. Here, they call me 239. In fact, I call myself 239. It feels so strange to witness my name slipping away from me. I can't do anything about it. I wonder how long it is going to take for all of us here in Guantánamo to slip away from the world's memory?

Why, Mr President, Is Guantanamo Bay Still Open?

Cori Crider | Posted 25.07.2013 | UK Politics
Cori Crider

"A symbol around the world for an America that flouts the rule of law." These are President Obama's recent words on Guantanamo Bay, the military prison he rules as commander-in-chief. But as Gitmo's infamous hunger strike enters its sixth month, it is increasingly plain that we have not one, but two administrations on Guantánamo Bay. The first - the administration of President Obama's speeches - regrets the prison... The second administration offers a retort.

Frankie Boyle Live Tweets Hunger Strike

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Dean | Posted 19.07.2013 | UK Entertainment

Frankie Boyle has been live tweeting his hunger strike in solidarity with Guantánamo Bay prisoner Shaker Aamer, claiming it's starting to feel "a bit...