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Shaker Aamer decade of detention stains Obama record

February 13, 2012 1:48 PM

Commenting on tomorrow's 10-year anniversary of Shaker Aamer's detention without charge in Guantanamo, London MEP and vice-chair of the European Parliament's delegation to the US Sarah Ludford said:

"The continued existence of Guantanamo is a stain on the record and reputation of President Obama, a lawyer whose attachment to human rights was celebrated early in his Presidency by the Nobel peace prize award. It is an outrage that my constituent Shaker Aamer remains incarcerated in Guantanamo and separated from his family in London a decade after he was sold by bounty-hunters and having been charged with no crime."

"It is also an utter mystery why it is so hard to rectify this terrible injustice and breach of habeas corpus between 2 close allies who both pledge respect for the rule in their domestic law and international obligations. It is desperately hypocritical that these principles are repeatedly declared as shared in the Transatlantic Alliance while a man never charged let alone tried has been kept in solitary confinement and allegedly tortured with British collusion."

"The European Commission and the US authorities are currently seeking MEP endorsement of an agreement whereby the US would receive the personal data of all US-bound European citizens. President Obama's failure to close Guantanamo as promised while entrenching indefinite internment in law strongly damages the trust necessary for such data-sharing projects."