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USA beseitigen per Gesetz weltweit das Menschenrecht, nach der jeder Mensch nicht willkürlich inhaftiert werden darf, jetzt auch per Gesetz: Britischer Bürger wird seit zehn Jahren ohne Anklage von den USA in Guantanamo inhaftiert – ohne Anklage und Prozess! Und das ist jetzt sogar legal, die USA haben ihrem Miltär das Recht gegeben, Menschen aller Länder unbefristet ohne Anklage zu inhaftieren, nur wenn sie sie verdächtigen, mit Terror etwas zu tun zu haben! Wie leicht das gehen kann, haben wir schon erlebt: Als Deutschland den Irakkrieg abgelehnt hat, wurde es vom damaligen US-Verteidigungminister als Schurkenstaat bezeichnet. Und die Anti-Terror-Gesetze werden auch in den USA jetzt schon gegen die sozialen Proteste von Occupy angewandt! Bisher hatten die USA Rechtsstaatlichkeit ignoriert, jetzt ist sie gesetzlich beseitigt worden. Dieses Gesetz ist ein klarer Bruch der Allgemeinen Erklärung der Menschenrechte: Artikel 9 Niemand darf willkürlich festgenommen, in Haft gehalten oder des Landes verwiesen werden. Artikel 10 Jeder hat bei der Feststellung seiner Rechte und Pflichten sowie bei einer gegen ihn erhobenen strafrechtlichen Beschuldigung in voller Gleichheit Anspruch auf ein gerechtes und öffentliches Verfahren vor einem unabhängigen und unparteiischen Gericht.“

Januar 1, 2012

Last British resident held in Guantánamo Bay faces another year’s captivity

Campaigners step up efforts to release charity worker Shaker Aamer, now held for a decade without charge

Campaigners are fighting for the release of Briton Shaker Aamer from Guantanamo Bay, above, where he has been held for 10 years. Photograph: John Moore/Getty

The last British resident being held in Guantánamo Bay faces at least another year in detention because of wrangling in a US presidential election year. Senior White House sources have said the Obama administration will not risk releasing Shaker Aamer before November. „We’ve taken enough hits from the right; we can’t risk any more,“ one said. Another said: „There will be no rocking of boats from now on in.“

As the 10th anniversary of the opening of the detention camp in Cuba approaches, it is believed that the foreign secretary, William Hague, has called an urgent meeting early in the new year to discuss what more the British government can do to bring Aamer home.

He will complete his 10th year in Guantánamo on 14 February, although he has never been charged or faced trial. His British wife, Zin, last saw her husband when she was pregnant with their fourth child. Aamer has never met his son, Faris.

Campaigners are stepping up efforts to draw attention to Aamer’s case, after his British lawyer, Clive Stafford-Smith, found the 43-year-old former charity worker in poor health during a visit to the prison in November.

„I do not think it is stretching matters to say he is dying in Guantánamo Bay,“ said Stafford-Smith, director of the human rights charity Reprieve. Although Aamer was cleared for release by the US authorities in 2007 there have been no further moves to return him to the UK. He was first picked up in Afghanistan in 2001 where he said he worked for an Islamic charity. But the US suspected him of both Taliban and al-Qaida connections, accusing him of being a translator for Osama bin Laden.

New US legislation has also proved to be a stumbling block to his release with the US defence secretary, Leon Panetta, now responsible for certifying that Britain is a safe place for him to return to, and that he will commit no crimes there – something Panetta has been unwilling to do.

Stafford-Smith said: „Britain has the best record of any country with former Guantánamo prisoners, with nobody released committing any offence, and Shaker Aamer has never committed a crime of any kind. Why does Britain pretend it has a special relationship if a British resident is still in this shameful position?“ He said Aamer had suffered „unfathomable abuse“.

Jane Ellison, Tory MP for Battersea, where Aamer’s wife and children live, is writing to Barack Obama to urge his immediate release. „People forget that behind this is a family in deep distress and a man in poor health,“ she said. This is a human tragedy as much as a political embarrassment. The family of Shaker Aamer are hurting and they need him home.“

She has tabled several questions in the Commons drawing attention to Aamer’s plight and believes the UK Government is committed to bringing him home but is up against a lack of political will in the US.

„After 10 years, the bottom line should be that if they aren’t going to charge him, they should release him. That is the way we have conducted ourselves in Britain since the Magna Carta.“

But Aamer’s own campaigning spirit may be working against him. „The irony is that Shaker may be the victim of what he has done inside Guantanámo rather than anything he might be suspected of doing previous to his captivity. He has been a thorn in the side of the prison authorities, organising hunger strikes and fighting for prisoners‘ rights. By all accounts he is a charismatic and eloquent man,“ said investigative journalist and author Andy Worthington.

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