Thanks for all your support this year!
Dear friends and supporters,
Here at "Close Guantánamo," we would like to thank you for your support throughout this year, as we have become known as a pressure group pushing for the closure of Guantánamo, and, as an urgent measure, the release of the 86 prisoners cleared for release but still held, including Shaker Aamer, the last British resident in the prison.
Shaker's story is one that has been a repeated focus for us this year, not just because his continued imprisonment is unjustifiable, but also because he has specifically made information available to "Close Guantánamo" through Andy Worthington, who has been researching and writing about Guantánamo since 2006. See "EXCLUSIVE: "I Affirm Our Right to Life": Shaker Aamer, the Last British Resident in Guantánamo, Explains His Peaceful Protest and Hunger Strike
" and "EXCLUSIVE: A Demand for "Freedom and Justice" from Shaker Aamer in Guantánamo
We will shortly be publicizing our plans for the New Year -- and specifically a renewed campaign to coincide with the 11th anniversary of the opening of Guantánamo, when both Andy Worthington and Tom Wilner will be in Washington D.C. as part of the annual protest against the prison's continued existence, on the anniversary of its opening (Jan. 11), an event that involves numerous groups including Amnesty International, the Center for Constitutional Rights, and Witness Against Torture.
Before that, however, we would like to wish you all a happy, healthy and peaceful holiday season, and to encourage you to read Andy's latest article, if you have not already, and to share it with others.
Entitled, "Free Shaker Aamer: Last British Resident in Guantánamo Sues British Government
," it adds a new and bitter twist to Shaker Aamer's story, as his lawyers in the U.K. reveal that the British authorities continue to lie about Shaker to their U.S. counterparts, even though the U.S. has repeatedly approved him for release. In the Kafka-esque world of Guantánamo, no amount of unprincipled obstruction is surprising anymore, but it remains depressing to realize that Shaker continues to be failed by two governments -- in the U.K., where his British wife and children await his return, and in America, where President Obama could -- and should -- order his immediate release.
We will be back with you soon. Have a restful break, if you are able, as we will need all our energy for the renewed struggle to close Guantánamo in the New Year.
In conclusion, please encourage your friends and family to join us
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