After more than 13 years, Shaker Aamer has been released from Guantánamo Bay

Shaker Aamer is has finally been released after being detained in Guantánamo Bay detention centre without charge or trial for the last 13 years.

The reports come after a 30-day ‘notification’ period allowing US Congress to be informed of the terms of Shaker Aamer’s release from the US military base.

46-year-old Shaker Aamer was one of the first detainees to be sent to the notorious camp in 2002, and the last UK resident to be detained there. He was cleared for transfer from Guantánamo in 2007, indicating that US authorities had no intention of bringing him to trial for the last eight years.


Amnesty and its members have been campaigning on Shaker Aamer’s case for more than ten years – from urgent actions and demonstrations to open letters, hunger strikes, and political briefings.

Thousands of people, including many politicians across the board, have supported our calls for his release over the years. David Cameron personally asked Obama to release him from Guantánamo and return him to the UK.

41,688 of you signed our most recent petition calling on UK Prime Minister David Cameron and US President Barack Obama to return Shaker Aamer to the UK, unless he is to be charged and brought to fair trial.

You can read more about Shaker’s release on the Amnesty website:

This is a good day, and one we have been waiting and working for for a long time.
Thanks to everyone who played a part in the campaign to get justice for Shaker.

Best wishes, David
Norwich Amnesty