Friday, January 10, 2014

MEDIA RELEASE: London Activists to Mark Twelfth Anniversary of Guantánamo Bay with demonstration in Trafalgar Square, Saturday 11 January, 2-4pm

Activists wearing orange jumpsuits and black hoods will hold up placards in Trafalgar Square, outside the National Gallery, to mark the 12th anniversary of the opening of the Guantánamo Bay prison camp, and demand its closure.

The London Guantánamo Campaign [1] will host the demonstration, and speakers will include Jeremy Corbyn MP, Sarah Ludford MEP and Louise Christian, solicitor for former Guantánamo prisoners [2].

Aisha Maniar, a spokesperson for the London Guantánamo Campaign, says, "Twelve years on, the prison at Guantánamo Bay remains a stain on the current global landscape. It is unfortunate that it has taken a near-fatal hunger strike by prisoners to remind the world, and Barack Obama, of his promise to close the facility. While a step in the right direction, recently renewed efforts by the US administration to reduce the number of prisoners and close the facility remain half-hearted.

Where there is no risk to their safety, President Obama must ensure that prisoners cleared for release are repatriated immediately. In addition, periodic reviews of prisoners must be accelerated to ensure any further releases. Other states must step up their efforts by demanding the repatriation of their nationals and residents.

“The British government can lead the way by using this anniversary to renew its demands for the return of hunger-striking British resident Shaker Aamer to his family in London. The time to act is now. There must be no more anniversaries.”

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1. The London Guantánamo Campaign was set up in 2006 and campaigns for justice for all prisoners at Guantánamo Bay, for the closure of this and other secret prisons, and an end to the practice of extraordinary rendition.     

2. More details and list of speakers available on the London Guantánamo Campaign website:

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