14:37 GMT02 March 2021
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    Rally, protesting against UK citizen Shaker Aamer’s detention in US-ran Guantanamo prison, has begun at the US Embassy in London at 2 pm local time (13:00 GMT), according to the London Guantanamo Campaign’s page on Facebook.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) The activists will hand in a letter to the US envoy to the United Kingdom calling on him to remind President Barack Obama to urge Aamer’s release after he spent 13 years in Guantanamo, a US prison for terrorism convicts in Cuba.

    "Today, July 4th, you and your staff at the US Embassy will be celebrating the US Independence Day. On this day, British Resident Shaker Aamer will face another day of cruel imprisonment in Guantanamo as he has for over 4880 days of his unjust, unlawful incarceration without charge or trial,” the extract of the letter said.

    In January, 33 prominent British doctors warned about the rapidly deteriorating physical and mental health of Shaker Aamer, 46, who was imprisoned in 2002 on suspicion of being linked to al-Qaeda.

    The Guantanamo prison was established in 2002 in the wake of 9/11 terrorist attacks on the United States. Ever since, the military prison has been the subject of criticism by human rights advocates, as former detainees described the inhumane conditions of their imprisonment, including the use of torture.

    Obama has repeatedly vowed to close the facility, but has never fulfilled the promise. There are currently 122 detainees held in Guantanamo Bay.


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