6 Feb 2009

Demo at US Embassy 6pm today

Please join the London Guantánamo Campaign TONIGHT, Friday, 6 February, 6-7pm, outside the US embassy, Grosvenor Square, W1A 1AE (nearest tube: Bond Street / Marble Arch).

For urgent letter-writing actions (takes 5 minutes), see: http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/2009/02/421222.html

US torture and British complicity in it has been in the headlines this week, along with government cover-ups on both sides of the Atlantic, in light of the urgent case of former London resident and current Guantánamo detainee Binyam Mohamed.

It has been widely reported in the media this week that the US administration made threats to the British Foreign Office that it may refuse to share intelligence in future if documents revealing US involvement in torture are released into the public domain, and that this position has not changed under Obama.

The case - in the High Court again this week - relates to former British resident and Ethiopian national Binyam Mohamed, who was picked up in Pakistan in 2002, rendered to Morocco and Afghanistan’s infamous “Dark Prison”, where it is claimed he was interrogated and horribly tortured and mistreated for two years by or on behalf of the American CIA, apparently with the knowledge and complicity of British intelligence and possibly the British Government, before being transferred to the US military prison camp at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, where he has remained ever since. Binyam has been on his latest hunger strike for over a month and his military lawyer reports that he is close to starvation.

It is time for President Obama to make a clean break with the heinous practices and deceit characterising the neo-conservative Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld regime. It is time for Obama to put his money where his mouth is and stop assisting in the cover up of US involvement in torture on behalf of his predecessors, who should be handed over to The Hague to stand trial for war crimes.

The London Guantánamo Campaign this week marks the second anniversary of its regular presence outside the US embassy, where it has been calling for an end to US involvement in torture, extraordinary rendition, indefinite detention without charge or trial and other human rights abuses committed in the name of the so-called "War on Terror". We invite you to join us this Friday for our monthly demonstration at this most crucial time for Binyam and our campaign.

Please join us on Friday, 6 February, 6-7pm , US embassy, Grosvenor Square, W1A 1AE (nearest tube: Bond Street / Marble Arch).

For further information on Binyam’s case, including urgent letter-writing actions you can take (takes 5 minutes) see: http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/2009/02/421222.html

Thank you,

London Guantánamo Campaign


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