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Reprieve: UK Government should take action

The director of the legal charity Reprieve has urged the UK Government to do more to help Shaker Aamer.

"Shaker has a wife and four British kids – one of whom he’s never met – in London. The UK just accepts routine assurances from the US that all is well, when all is rotten in Guantanamo Bay. Does the UK really take the position that there is nothing more that can be done if a close ally is committing the on-going torture of Shaker Aamer?”

– Clive Stafford Smith, Reprieve

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Londoner in Guantanamo Bay goes on hunger strike

Shaker Aamer has been held in Guantanamo Bay for over eleven years. Credit: US Department of Defense

A South Londoner who is being held in the US detention camp in Guantanamo Bay has gone on hunger strike. Shaker Aamer has been held at the base for eleven years but has not been tried or charged.

Mr Aamer has said he has lost over 30 pounds since he joined the strike. Lawyers for the inmates say around three-quarters of them have gone on hunger strike at the camp.