Guilty until proven innocent: how to pre-convict and pre-punish an American Muslim 

Published in For The Victims

UK premiere of new documentary by Moroccan playwright about Beligian Ali Aarrass who was extradited from Spain to Morocco where he was tortured and sentenced to 15 years in prison

Published in Events

The Justice and Security Bill has just gone through a second debate in the House of Commons.  This bill has been introduced on the basis that at present, during trials involving the government, some material cannot be made public on “national security grounds” therefore the government is at a disadvantage to lawsuits brought against them.  With this bill, the government is at no obligation to reveal such evidence and a case can be brought against an individual without he/she being aware of the details of case, limiting their ability to produce a sufficient defence or even attempt to challenge the evidence. This bill is incredibly detrimental to the human rights system of this country and if it is passed, any sense of justice in fair trials that existed previously will be lost.  But unfortunately, it remains that not enough people have even heard of this bill and the dangers that it poses to us all. 

Published in Featured
Thursday, 08 November 2012 17:31

Surviving Extradition

Talha Ahsan and Babar Ahmed were among those imprisoned without trial under the US-UK Extradition Act 2003 for six and eight years respectively, for alleged crimes committed in the UK. Whilst under arrest, Babar was subjected to torture by the Metropolitan Police. The four officers charged with the assault were acquitted, and no apology made despite the Police admitting full liability.

After four years of deliberation, the European Court of Human Rights ruled that the accused were not at risk of torture or ill-treatment in solitary confinement in supermax prisons the US, despite these conditions being widely believed to constitute torture. 

On 5th October 2012, this ruling led to the extradition of five Muslim men, including Babar and Talha. The timing of Home Secretary’s decision to block Gary McKinnon’s extradition and propose a “forum bar” - just two weeks after their extradition - has led to accusations of double standards and mainstream media complicity.

At this event we aim to draw on the diversity and experience of the invited panel in order to explore the above issues, hear first-hand about how extradition affects peoples lives, and finally propose ways of campaigning to redress the balance and bring about justice. 

Published in Events


The doctrine of the separation of powers, by which governance is divided among three branches — the executive, legislative and the judiciary — is an old concept which was first developed in ancient Greece that continues to form the foundation of governance in most liberal democracies today.

Published in Featured

Yassine Ferchichi is a Tunisian national who faced persecution in his country of origin because of his religious practice. Fearing for his life, he eventually fled Tunisia after he was tortured by the security forces in 2005. 

Published in Alerts

Cageprisoners has welcomed the European ruling against deportation of Abu Qatada to Jordan.

Published in Press Releases
Sunday, 03 April 2011 10:11

My Student, the 'Terrorist'

Pale and gaunt, he stood there, having endured three years of pretrial solitary confinement. "Alhamdullilah," he said.
Published in News
Tuesday, 01 March 2011 15:26

Djamel Beghal

Djamel Beghal is a French-Algerian abducted in the United Arab Emirates in July 2001. He was subjected to several types of torture and forced into confessions. Beghal was then sent to France where he stood trial. Even though, the Court explicitly stated that no evidence of the preparation of any plot had been recovered, except the statements he made under duress, Beghal was sentenced to ten years in prison. After his release, his ordeal did not end as he was reincarcerated. 
Published in France
Tuesday, 08 February 2011 21:30

Crime Report GTMO

Director of Public Prosecutions

Rose Court
2 Southwark Bridge

8th February 2011


Re: Crime report of my detention, rendition and torture in GTMO not allowed

Published in Blog
Friday, 09 October 2009 09:32

Control Orders and Secret Evidence

I. Secret Evidence and Special Advocates

While secret evidence and Special Advocate procedures vary, they tend to have the same basic underlying features.

Published in Legal Issues
Thursday, 08 October 2009 17:37

Omar Othman

The 45 year old was sentenced to life imprisonment (in his absence) for alleged terrorist attacks dating back to 1998.

Published in UK
Friday, 26 November 2010 14:05

Abdur-Rahman Pavlishin

Abdur-Rahman Pavlishin is a political refugee originally from Georgia facing extradition to Russia under an agreement between Denmark and Russia.
Published in Denmark
The conventional view has been that, despite the express reference in Article 10 to the right “to receive … information” it does not give rise to any corresponding right of access to official information.  This view was expressed most clearly by the Court of Human Rights in the well-known case of Leander v. Sweden ((1987) 9 EHRR 433).  The the [sic] applicant complained of a violation of his Article 10 rights when refused confidential Government information relating to an unsuccessful job application.
Published in News

Last week, the Court of Appeal approved the deportation of eight men to Algeria and Jordan. Andy Worthington examines the ruling, with its double standards on the use of secret evidence in control order cases and in deportation cases.

Published in Featured

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev [news archive] on Thursday signed into law a bill that will grant controversial new powers to the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB), the Russian Federation's successor to the former USSR's KGB.

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