On 11 May writer Andy Worthington and former Guantanamo detainee Omar Deghayes will be visiting Newcastle, to introduce the film 'Outside the Law' and answer questions about the issues it raises. We've arranged the event through our local Stop the War group and welcome support from other organisations. See the Facebook event HERE.
'Outside the Law: Stories from Guantánamo is a new documentary film telling the story of Guantánamo (and including sections on extraordinary rendition and secret prisons) with a particular focus on how the Bush administration turned its back on domestic and international laws, how prisoners were rounded up in Afghanistan and Pakistan without adequate screening (and often for bounty payments), and why some of these men may have been in Afghanistan or Pakistan for reasons unconnected with militancy or terrorism (as missionaries or humanitarian aid workers, for example).
The film is based around interviews with former prisoners (Moazzam Begg and, in his first major interview, Omar Deghayes, who was released in December 2007), lawyers for the prisoners (Clive Stafford Smith in the UK and Tom Wilner in the US), and journalist and author Andy Worthington, and also includes appearances from Guantánamos former Muslim chaplain James Yee, a London-based Imam, and the British human rights lawyer Gareth Peirce.'
'Focusing on the stories of three particular prisoners -- Shaker Aamer (who is still held), Binyam Mohamed (who was released in February 2009) and Omar Deghayes -- Outside the Law: Stories from Guantánamo provides a powerful rebuke to those who believe that Guantánamo holds the worst of the worst and that the Bush administration was justified in responding to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 by holding men neither as prisoners of war, protected by the Geneva Conventions, nor as criminal suspects with habeas corpus rights, but as illegal enemy combatants with no rights whatsoever.'