West Midlands police arrested Moazzam Begg with others on Tuesday on alleged Syria-related terrorism offences.
A former Guantanamo Bay detainee, he has been campaigning for due process and the human rights of victims, despite suffering over three years of torture and abuse by the US government with the complicity of the British security services.
This latest action is designed to ensure that any travel to Syria is deemed suspicious. It follows a concerted campaign of harassment against Muslim individuals and charities involved in providing humanitarian aid to the victims of the Syrian crisis. Moazzam Begg is just the latest individual drawn by the humanitarian catastrophe in Syria who has been labelled a terrorist .The purpose is to intimidate and vilify the wider Muslim community so that they are prevented from delivering much needed aid to the Syrian people.
Moazzam is an internationally recognised figure on issues relating to due process and human rights. His advocacy on behalf of the Guantanamo Bay detainees has been recognised across the world, resulting in various governments accepting detainees who could not be returned to their countries of origin.
CAGE (an independent advocacy organisation working to empower communities impacted by the War on Terror) is outraged by the arrest of our Outreach Director, Moazzam Begg.
On the day we have speakers from Cage, Birmingham Trades Council, Stop the War and others TBC
The event is also supported by the Birmingham Trades Council