Video: ‘The Legacy of the War on Terror – Guantánamo Bay’ at SOAS with Andy Worthington, Moazzam Begg and Mansoor Adayfi

A screenshot from the video of ‘The Legacy of the War on Terror: Guantánamo Bay’, at SOAS on November 21, 2023. Andy Worthington is holding up a poster marking 8,000 days of Guantánamo’s existence, taking place on December 6. To get involved in the campaign, take a photo with the poster, available here, and send it to the Close Guantánamo campaign. All this year’s photos are available here.

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On November 21, I was delighted to take part in ‘The Legacy of the War on Terror: Guantánamo Bay’, a well-attended panel discussion about Guantánamo at SOAS (the School of Oriental and African Studies) in London, with two former Guantánamo prisoners, the British citizen Moazzam Begg, who is the outreach director at CAGE, and, via Zoom, Mansoor Adayfi, a Yemeni citizen who was resettled in Serbia in 2016. Also joining us via Zoom was Deepa Govindarajan Driver, an academic and trade unionist, and a legal observer in the Julian Assange case for the Unified European Left at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe.

The chair — and organizer — was Nina Arif, and the meeting was convened by SOAS ICOP (Influencing the Corridors of Power), an organization set up to bring together politicians and university researchers to “address the democratic deficit that … results from encroaching government control on freedom of speech and assembly on SOAS and other campuses”, a particularly topical purpose right now, as Palestinian voices are being silenced.

I must note, however, that much of this silencing is coming from within universities and other institutions without any prompting from central government, an alarming trend that ought not to be allowed to proceed unchallenged, and that is also particularly pernicious in light of the crimes being committed by Israel, and the necessity for criticism of the Israeli government to be able to take place without being shut down through false allegations that it constitutes anti-semitism.

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Nov. 21: Guantánamo Event at SOAS with Andy Worthington, Moazzam Begg and Mansoor Adayfi

The flier for the Guantánamo event at SOAS on November 21, 2023.

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I’m delighted to announce that, a week on Tuesday, on November 21, I’m taking part in a panel discussion about Guantánamo in SOAS (the School of Oriental and African Studies) in London, with two former prisoners, the British citizen Moazzam Begg, who is the outreach director at CAGE, and, via Zoom, Mansoor Adayfi, a Yemeni citizen who was resettled in Serbia in 2016, after being held at Guantánamo for 14 years without charge or trial, and who has only this year secured the return of his passport, allowing him to travel to other countries. The chair of the event is Deepa Govindarajan Driver, an academic and trade unionist, and a legal observer in the Julian Assange case for the Unified European Left at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe.

The event, ‘The Legacy of the War on Terror: Guantánamo Bay’, is organised by SOAS ICOP (Influencing the Corridors of Power), which was set up to bring together politicians and university researchers to, as ICOP describe it, “address the democratic deficit that we believe results from encroaching government control on freedom of speech and assembly on SOAS and other campuses.”

The 90-minute event, with individual presentations followed by a Q&A session, runs from 7 to 8.30pm, and takes place in the Khalili Lecture Theatre, in the Main Building at SOAS, at 10 Thornhaugh Street, London WC1H 0XG. Entry is free, but you need to book in advance, via the Eventbrite page here. The event will be recorded, and a video will be made available afterwards.

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