This report is a record of, and reflection on, two days of discussions that took place in Belfast in June 2009 between a group of Irish human rights and community activists and political ex-prisoners, with long experience of dealing with the consequences of counter-terror policy and law introduced because of the conflict in and about the North of Ireland, and representatives of a number of Muslim groups working on similar issues today.
These groups included; Cage Prisoners, Committee on the Administration of Justice (Irish human rights organisation) Coiste (Irish republican political ex-prisoners group) Falls Community Council (Irish community organisation) Helping Households Under Greats Stress (Hhugs), Hizb ut-Tahrir, Islamic Human Rights Commission (IHRC) Relatives for Justice (RFJ, Irish victims’ campaign and support organisation).
The aim of the event was to explore comparisons between Irish and Muslim experiences of the impact of counter-terror measures.
The idea to hold such a meeting emerged after initial conversations about the potential value of bringing together people from the North of Ireland and Muslim communities in Britain who had experience in dealing with the impact and consequences at a community level of state anti-terror (or counter-insurgency) strategies.
The report was produced by Professor Mark McGovern of Edge Hill University and Angela Tobin
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Victoria Brittain, “Dangerous Game: A Reply to Gita Sahgal and her Supporters”
In the week following June 26, International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, the co-author with Moazzam Begg of his book Enemy Combatant: the terrifying true story of a Briton in Guantanamo, comes to the defence of his work and that of Cageprisoners. A bitter controversy has only fed Islamophobia, demonised an innocent person, and obscured the real human rights issues at stake
Amazing and beautiful reminiscence from Moazzam Begg on one of the Guantanamo captives who has finally been freed:
Seated on the floor of the C130 transport aircraft,
with my hands tied behind my back, my legs shackled and my head hooded; under
the flashes of light from cameras of US soldiers taking trophy pictures and
over the roar of the engines I heard someone next to me say in Arabic:
“Brother, the time for prayer has come – let us perform our prayer.” That was
my first ever act of worship in US custody and it was marked by the fortitude of a man I
will never forget: Abdul Rauf al-Libee. It has been over eight years since
that day but finally, he and the others taste a freedom that has come after an immense test. The the fight for the others goes on…
Rift develops within Amnesty International over partnering with Moazzam Begg and Cageprisoners.
Amnesty International has been accused of putting the human rights of Al-Qaeda terrorists above those of their victims, following the charity’s affiliation with a former Guantanamo Bay detainee, who has championed the rights of jailed Al-Qaeda members and hate preachers.
Gita Sahgal, head of the gender unit at Amnesty’s international secretariat, believes that collaborating with Moazzam Begg and his “jihadi” group, Cageprisoners, “fundamentally damages” the organisation’s reputation.
Sahgal, who has researched religious fundamentalism for 20 years, has decided to go public because she feels Amnesty has ignored her warnings for the past two years about the involvement of Begg in the charity’s Counter Terror With Justice campaign.
“I believe the campaign fundamentally damages Amnesty International’s integrity and, more importantly, constitutes a threat to human rights,” Sahgal wrote in an email to the organisation’s leaders on January 30.
Moazzam Begg and Cageprisoners have been on the outs around here for some time.
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A Washington Post report examined tax records from as early as 1998, which showed that Awlaki served as vice president of a charity (CSSW) founded by his then patron Abdul Majeed al-Zindani, a Yemeni politician who is named as an associate of Al-Qaeda. The CSSW has been described a “front organization to funnel money to terrorists”. The FBI also know that he was paid a visit in 2000 by an associate of Omar Abdel Rahman, known as the blind sheikh, who was convicted in connection with the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. The report also states that in 1999, Awlaki was investigdated by the FBI “when it learnt that he may have been visited by a “procurement agent” for bin Laden”.
Gazi sets out to prove that claims that al-Awlaki only recently left the moderate path are dissembling falsehoods meant to hide either embarrassing naivete, crass pandering, or secret support for radicalism.
He is chasing some Muslim politicians and prominent Islamic activists and groups in the UK who embraced al-Awlaki until recently such as Osama Saeed of the Scottish National Party and Azad Ali, the president of the Civil Service Islamic Society, as well as the East London Mosque and the Islamic Forum Europe and of course, Moazzam Begg’s Cage Prisoners.
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Only three people have been released since Obama came into office – Muhammad is one of them.