17 August 2015

Campaign allies on the wrong side of human rights

.... It came after criticism of the charity’s relationship with Cage, an Islamist advocacy group that campaigns for “victims of the war on terror”. Outreach director for Cage is Moazzam Begg, a former Guantanamo Bay detainee who has been described as Britain’s most famous supporter of the Taliban.

Amnesty has campaigned alongside Cage and Mr Begg to highlight “UK complicity in torture abroad”. The relationship led to the acrimonious departure from the charity of Gita Sahgal, who headed its gender unit but was suspended after condemning Cage as apologists for jihadists.

The controversy was reignited in March when a Cage spokesman described Mohammed Emwazi, the Islamic State executioner known as Jihadi John, as a “beautiful young man”. The comments were condemned by Amnesty, which said it would no longer share a public platform with Cage. [The Times (£)] Read more