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Moazzam Begg reveals exclusively why the British government has been conitually harassing him since his return from Guantanamo, and took his passport for the second time in eight years

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Wednesday, 04 December 2013 11:15

Documentary: The Judgment

Witnesses of Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo recount their gut-wrenching accounts at the KL War Crimes Tribunal in a film by British journalist Lauren Booth

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Victoria Brittains sobering and emotive speech at a meeting marking twelve years since the abduction of Shaker Aamer

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Friday, 15 November 2013 14:47

Taxi to the Dark Side

Academy award-winning film that looks the torture practices of the US in Afghanistan, Iraq and Guantanamo Bay, focusing on an innocent taxi driver in Afghanistan who was tortured and killed in 2002.

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Wednesday, 06 November 2013 14:32

What it's like to be detained in Guantanamo Bay

Moazzam Begg spent 20 months in solitary confinement in the Guantanamo Bay detention camp after being arrested in Pakistan. He was released without charge in January 2005.

Published in Interviews
Saturday, 26 October 2013 19:31

I never went to America: America came to me

Moazzam Begg is interviewed by a leading Czech literary journal during the Jihlava film festival in the Czech Republic

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Two former detainees talk to Souad Mekhennet about the ongoing hunger strike at the prison and life after Guantanamo.

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Exclusive interview obtained by the BBC with Shaker Aamer Britain's final Guantanamo prisoner followed by discussion between Victoria Derbyshire and Moazzam Begg

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Fascinating, revealing and harrowing handwritten account of detention, interrogation and abuse by prisoner still at Guantanamo

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Testimony from CagePrisoners director Moazzam Begg and other rendition victims used in report by former US undersecretary of the Department of Homeland Security and former Ambassador to Mexico to describe US actions as torture.
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This is Ahmed's story. It will make you rethink what it means to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. It will also make you look anew at courage, survival, justice and the War on Terror.

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Zero Dark Thirty has been received with outrage and disgust by those who have fought tirelessly to close Guantanamo Bay down.  Earlier this evening, Twitter was filled with pictures from those who attended the premiere in the United States just to protest against this film.  Two hours of lies that attempt to justify the torture of detainees – a “gorgeously-shot two-hour ad” for why the torturers should not be punished.  This film claims the torture in Bagram, Kandahar, Guantanamo Bay and the secret detention camps are a necessary evil to secure intelligence – an argument that has been discredited on countless occasions and does not bare the slightest truth. 

I am angry at Zero Dark Thirty for the above reasons but I am disgusted at the actions of the directors and producers for a completely different reason.  Zero Dark Thirty, in all its false justifying, Hollywood glamorising, and desperation for money has been scheduled for release on the very same day as the 11th anniversary of the opening of Guantanamo Bay.  As if the film itself was not sufficiently disrespectful to the suffering of the detainees, they have ensured they have gone one step further to rub the fame of the film into the wounds of those who are aware of the significance of this day.  The regular man will be unaware of the background to 11th January – to most people, it is just another day.  But to us - the activists, the campaigners, the families of those kept captive – we know what 11th January means every year.  And the producers of Zero Dark Thirty are sending a message out to us especially by scheduling a release on this date.  We know that this film will be successful with the majority of the viewers for the drama and action and the excuse of CIA torture and they want us to think they have won, and that our campaigns will be silenced on this day. They cannot claim ignorance – a film that has researched Guantanamo Bay to the extent that they claim to have is aware of the date that the camp was opened.  All I can say is it is disgusting. There is no other word to summarise their actions. 

We will not be silenced. We will be joining global Guantanamo campaigns this week by hosting our own press conference, speaking with six former detainees on Thursday 10th December at 11am. We are providing a live feed of this conference on our website. Zero Dark Thirty wants to claim that torture works and produces successful counter-terrorism results? Let's hear what those who suffered the torture have to say about that.  Nobody knows Guantanamo Bay like the detainees do.   We have given a platform to the other side of the torture debate - Hear what they have to say, join us, spread the word and together we will not let Zero Dark Thirty take over this important week.

Join the Twitter debate - #GTMO11

 

Further information : Guardian- A letter to Kathryn Bigelow on Zero Dark Thirty's apology for torture


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CagePrisoners welcomes the news of Omar Khadr's return to Canada after evelen years of Guantanamo but his ordeal will only be over when he is freed from prison

Published in Press Releases

Despite being the eleventh anniversary of the 9/11 attacks the US legacy of secret prisons and torture won't be forgotten by simply handing over the prison facilities to others

Published in Featured
Monday, 03 September 2012 13:50

Whitewashed: CIA's murder of Gul Rehman

Almost two and half years ago, I wrote about the murder of Abdul Manan Gul Rehman in a CIA black site facility known as the Salt Pit in Afghanistan. The news that he had been killed was received eight years after the fact.

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Thursday, 01 April 2010 15:00

The murder of Gul Rehman

Asim Qureshi explores the case of a man who disappeared in Pakistan and ended up dead in a secrect CIA prison

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Thursday, 23 August 2012 14:31

OMAR KHADR: A DECADE OF INJUSTICE

If you don't know who he is by now you should be ashamed.

Published in Alerts
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 15:07

Rumours of Aafia Siddiqui death unfounded

Rumours of the death of Aafia Siddiqui, for now, are not true but how long before rumours beome reality?

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It is safe to say that the War on Terror is a war like no other. As we have witnessed in the last decade or so, this is not a conventional war where there are frontlines nor is it a war between two armies, confined to a geographical boundary. As Bush and Blair reassured the public by vowing to bring justice and freedom, their female counterparts were simultaneously beating the drums of war.


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Al-Qaidah ideologue or product of US hospitality? A look into the factors that placed a charismatic Islamic scholar firmly into the ranks of militancy - and America's sights

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