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Free Shaker Aamer

There are serious concerns about Shaker Aamer's health, after more than ten year's confinement in Guantanamo Bay. He suffers constant pain caused by various medical conditions. His lawyer, Clive Stafford Smith, who visted him in November 2011, says that Shaker is slowly dying in Guantanamo. Shaker was cleared for release more than five years ago and faces no charge or trial. There now appear to be attempts to remove him to Saudi Arabia, from where he fled 28 years ago. Shaker resided in Britain before his unlawful detention in Guantanamo, and his wife and family live here. The children haven't seen their father for more than ten years.

An epetition to return Shaker Aamer to the UK is available to sign: http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/33133  

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