Moazzam Begg

Moazzam Begg Interviews Ex-Guantánamo Prisoner Adel El-Gazzar in Slovakia

27.10.10

Over the last 18 months, as part of the slow-moving process of closing Guantánamo, the Obama administration — having refused to offer new homes on the US mainland to cleared prisoners who cannot be repatriated because they face the risk of torture — has prevailed on other countries to help out. To date, 37 former […]

Moazzam Begg Visits Pakistan: My Return to the Scene of the Crime

26.9.10

I’m cross-posting below an extraordinary account by former Guantánamo prisoner (and Cageprisoners director) Moazzam Begg of his first visit to Pakistan since he was abducted from his house in Islamabad on January 31, 2002, and subsequently held in US custody — in Afghanistan and at Guantánamo — for three years. Moazzam’s account includes retracing his […]

Dangerous Game: A Reply to Gita Sahgal and Her Supporters

4.7.10

Back in February, a distressing Islamophobic fuse was lit when Gita Sahgal, the head of the gender unit at the International Secretariat of Amnesty International, criticized Amnesty for its association with former Guantánamo prisoner Moazzam Begg and Cageprisoners, the organization of which he is the director, in the pages of the Sunday Times, via a […]

UN Secret Detention Report (Part Three): Proxy Detention, Other Countries’ Complicity, and Obama’s Record

17.6.10

To complement my recent article, “UN Human Rights Council Discusses Secret Detention Report,” in which I explained how, two weeks ago, the UN Human Rights Council had — after some delays — finally discussed the findings of the “Joint Study on Global Practices in Relation to Secret Detention in the Context of Counter-Terrorism,” a detailed, […]

“Outside the Law: Stories from Guantánamo” – A Pre-Election Trip to Birmingham

6.5.10

On reflection, two days before the General Election was a weird time to be travelling anywhere to show “Outside the Law: Stories from Guantánamo,” the new documentary film, co-directed by Polly Nash and myself, which former prisoner Omar Deghayes and I have been touring since February. This week it was as though the impetus to […]

Shaker Aamer’s 3000 Days in Guantánamo: Moazzam Begg Speaks

2.5.10

All week, the journalist Paul Cahalan has been writing articles about Shaker Aamer, the last British resident in Guantánamo Bay, for the Wandsworth Guardian (in Shaker’s home borough). Shaker, who has a British wife and four British children, continues to be held at Guantánamo, despite being cleared for release in 2007. Shaker’s story features in […]

As Police Launch New Torture Inquiry, It’s Time for Shaker Aamer to Come Home from Guantánamo

22.2.10

On Friday, it emerged in a UK court that the Metropolitan Police is investigating allegations that MI5 was complicit in the torture, in US custody in Afghanistan, of Shaker Aamer, the last British resident still held at Guantánamo. In the High Court, Richard Hermer QC, counsel for Aamer, told Mr. Justice Sullivan that Met officers […]

Moazzam Begg Responds To His Critics

21.2.10

The following article, originally published on Cageprisoners, is Moazzam Begg’s first detailed response to the campaign directed at his relationship (and that of Cageprisoners) with Amnesty International, which I reported in an article entitled, “Defending Moazzam Begg and Amnesty International.” I am pleased to be cross-posting it here, and hope that readers pay attention to […]

A full house for Amnesty screening of “Outside the Law: Stories from Guantánamo” – plus more new tour dates added

17.2.10

It was a full house yesterday evening at Amnesty International’s Human Rights Action Centre in London, for a screening of “Outside the Law: Stories from Guantánamo,” directed by Polly Nash and myself. I’m glad to report that the film was very well received, and was followed by an excellent Q&A session with myself and former […]

Sunday Times misrepresents views of Amnesty’s Sam Zarifi

16.2.10

As part of the Times’ and Sunday Times’ ongoing witch-hunt of former Guantánamo prisoner Moazzam Begg and Cageprisoners (the organization of which he is the director), Margarette Driscoll wrote an uncritical article on Sunday about Gita Sahgal, the head of Amnesty’s Gender Unit, who started the ball rolling by badmouthing her employer to the Sunday […]

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