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  1. Shaker Aamer at Guantanamo

    Ex-M16 officer Harry Ferguson ends week-long hunger strike in support of Guantanamo detainees

    Natasha Turak on 19 August 2013

    Former MI6 operative Harry Ferguson completed his week-long hunger strike in support of Guantánamo detainees yesterday, August 18th.  His actions were in solidarity with those hunger-striking at Guantánamo Bay in protest against their indefinite detention without trial or charge.  Ferguson’s strike was specifically aimed at raising awareness for the plight of Shaker Aamer, a British resident who has been detained for over 11 years despite having been cleared for release under both the Obama and Bush administrations.  

    Ferguson’s hunger strike gained a wave of media attention, as his story was published in news outlets in the ...

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  2. Zulfiqar Ali Khan

    Save Zulfiqar Ali Khan

    Kate Higham on 15 August 2013

    After a five year moratorium Pakistan – the country with the world’s largest death row – has now pledged to resume executions. Pakistan’s criminal justice system is deeply flawed, with chronic delay, corruption, torture, and even fabrication of evidence all being common place. Of the 8,000 people currently on Pakistan’s death row up to 450 could be facing execution in the next few months alone – the majority of those prisoners may never have received a fair trial. One such prisoner, Dr Zulfiqar Ali Khan, now faces execution on the 21st August, unless we can raise the money ...

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    John Grisham books banned at Guantánamo Bay

    Reprieve on 14 August 2013

    Last weekend, author John Grisham wrote a piece in the New York Times on Guantánamo detainee Nabil Hadjarab – one of Reprieve’s clients.  

    Mr Grisham said he “became curious” after learning that some of his books had been banned at Guantánamo Bay, and that Nabil was a fan of his work.  The following is an extract from his article, which first appeared in the NYT on 10 August:

    About two months ago I learned that some of my books had been banned at Guantánamo Bay. Apparently detainees were requesting them, and their lawyers were delivering them to ...

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  4. Shaker Aamer at Guantanamo

    Ex-MI6 officer Harry Ferguson on hunger strike in solidarity with Guantánamo inmates

    Natasha Turak on 13 August 2013

    Harry Ferguson, a former MI6 officer, began a week-long hunger strike on Monday in solidarity with Guantánamo prisoner Shaker Aamer. Shaker, a British resident, has been detained for 11 years without charge, and has long been cleared for release by the US Government. Mr Ferguson describes his experience so far: 

    10 August – Prior to beginning the fast, he writes, “Looking ahead to what it will be like with no food at all, I am already wondering if I’ve given myself a task I can’t achieve. Still, I’ve got the image of Shaker and the other hunger ...

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    I'm fasting to highlight the plight of the Guantánamo hunger strikers

    Jack Chalmers on 05 August 2013

    The following was written by Julie Christie, and first appeared in The Guardian on 02/08/2013.

    For the last week I have been fasting in solidarity with the men on hunger strike in the US prison at Guantánamo Bay, forgoing all food and taking only liquids. I began day one thinking about a book I had recently read: former detainee Ahmed Errachidi's The General. Errachidi had worked as a chef in London for 18 years but was sold for a bounty to US forces after he travelled to Pakistan. He was finally released from the prison in ...

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  6. Shaker Aamer at Guantanamo

    Tomorrow I start my hunger strike for Shaker Aamer, the last remaining British resident detained at Guantanamo Bay. This is why.

    Reprieve on 31 July 2013

    By Margaret Owen

    I am a human rights lawyer, and founder of Widows for Peace through Democracy. At 82 years old many of my friends and family have told me I am wasting my time, that my hunger strike will have no effect. But every time I hear this I can imagine Shaker Aamer's wife, a mother of four who has now been a "half-widow" for eleven long years, whose health must have been seriously impaired during her husband’s detention. I believe that, whether the effects of this strike are large or small, any contribution I can make ...

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    Shaker Aamer's Rules of Hunger Striking

    Jack Chalmers on 30 July 2013

    On a recent call from Guantanamo Bay, Clive Stafford Smith was given advice on how to successfully hunger strike by Shaker Aamer, the last remaining British resident detained at Guantanamo Bay who has been on hunger strike for over 5 months. Here is what he said:

    "I am a professional hunger striker and have been using it as a peaceful way to protest since my earliest days in US custody in Bagram Air Force Base, where my treatment was particularly bad.

    Two days before you begin your hunger strike, eat as much fruit as you can. Eat no solid food ...

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    Maya Foa's #StandFast Hunger Strike Diary

    Maya Foa on 30 July 2013

    I had some reservations about taking part in the hunger strike relay. What could it possibly mean for me to choose to give up food for one day, maybe two, at my convenience, while the men in Guantanamo were so starved of justice that they had no choice but to starve themselves for justice? My gesture seemed at best paltry, at worst offensive.

    Reservations fell away when I heard how the men in Guantanamo reacted to news of the solidarity hunger strikes being pledged on Clive reported that Shaker Aamer, who has been on hunger strike since February ...

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  9. Cori Crider

    Five pieces of nonsense on Guantanamo from Congressman Mike Pompeo

    Cori Crider on 25 July 2013

    One of the speakers at yesterday’s Senate hearing on closing Gitmo doesn’t, as it happens, want to close it. Here’s a selection of Mike Pompeo's hard-line views, taken from a recent presentation to the American Enterprise Institute and from his prepared remarks from yesterday’s hearing. 

    And because the right routinely trots out this nonsense to defend Gitmo’s continued existence, here’s a quick rebuttal for each:

    • Claim: Guantánamo is a model facility, safe, humane, legal, and transparent. Detainees are treated ‘with respect and dignity’.

    Pompeo:  “It’s a detention camp but I think ...

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    Frankie Boyle Reaches Day 7 of #StandFast Hunger Strike

    Jack Chalmers on 23 July 2013

    Comedian and Reprieve supporter, Frankie Boyle, has completed his week-long hunger strike  in solidarity with Shaker Aamer, a British resident detained without charge or trial in Guantanamo Bay.

    Shaker, who has been hunger striking for over 150 days, has been held in Guantanamo since 2002, and remains there even though he has been cleared for release - and in spite of a direct request from David Cameron to President Obama that he be allowed to return home to Britain.

    Having taken over from Reprieve Founder and Director, Clive Stafford Smith, Frankie had been on hunger-strike since Wednesday 17 July - he will ...

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