Shaker Aamer speaks - and the 21st PRB takes place
Dear friends and supporters,
The big news regarding Guantánamo in the last week has been Shaker Aamer, the last British resident in the prison, breaking his silence, after his release from Guantánamo on October 30, and speaking to the Mail on Sunday newspaper, and to the BBC and ITV.
The BBC interview, for the Victoria Derbyshire show, has been made available on YouTube
, in a full, 90-minute version, and we recommend it highly. We also recommend "Close Guantánamo" co-founder Andy Worthington's article about the video
, in which Andy explained how, as the co-founder and co-director of the We Stand With Shaker
campaign that he launched with the activist Joanne MacInnes last November, he was delighted to have played a part in securing Shaker’s release.
Andy also noted, "I have also had the pleasure of meeting Shaker since his release, and was delighted to find that everything I had worked out about him from the reports that have emerged from Guantánamo and from those who know him — his eloquence, his intelligence and his implacable devotion to tackling injustice — was accurate."
We also hope that you have time to read, and to share, Andy's latest article for "Close Guantánamo," entitled, "Zahir Hamdoun, the 21st Guantánamo Prisoner Seeking Release Via A Periodic Review Board
." Hamdoun, a Yemeni, hopes to become the 19th prisoner to be recommended for release, to add to the 15 men already recommended for release, a spectacular success rate to date, for the prisoners, of 83%.
Regular readers will know that we have assiduously covered the Periodic Review Boards since they began reviewing prisoners' cases a little over two years ago, and we recently put together the first detailed, annotated list
of everyone who has had a review (21 prisoners), and all those who are eligible, but have not yet had their cases reviewed (another 43). We recently added new information about some of the reviews, via the official PRB website, involving what are called file reviews
, which are additional administrative reviews for prisoners whose PRBs have recommended them for continued detention -- another layer of bureaucracy, it must be noted, in a politicized substitute for real justice that is already weighed down with bureaucracy.
If you want to do more, please call the White House on 202-456-1111 or 202-456-1414 and ask President Obama to speed up the PRB process. You can also submit a comment online
With thanks, as ever, for your support.
The "Close Guantánamo" team
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