This is the 12th year of the existence of Guantanamo. Every year, we mark the anniversary hoping it will be the last time. Hoping that those still detained there will be released or charged and that those charged will be tried in a public, civil court where all the evidence can be heard and tested.
The fact that Guantanamo remains open is a stain on the human rights record of the United States. President Obama must fulfil his pledge to close the camp.
I welcome the recent, small progress. I welcome the decision of the Slovakian Government to take 3 Uighur detainees and wish more EU governments would take such action, as the European Parliament has repeatedly demanded.
The UK still has to bring Shaker Aamer home to his family in London. I still cannot understand why this has not happened - he has been cleared for transfer, he has not been charged - he should be here with those who love him.
As we have no way of being reassured about his state so long as he remains in that notorious place, our initial aim is to get him transferred to a prison in the north of Iraq, where we can at least have a chance of visiting him.