Guantanamo Voices

About this Project

Guantanamo Voices is a blog tracking former Guantanamo Bay guard Chris Arendt and two former Guantanamo detainees, Moazzam Begg and Jarallah Al-Marri as they travel around the UK together in the winter of 2009.

January 2009 is a brief, crucial time for Guantanamo Bay. Barack Obama has promised to close the prison, but it is not known what will happen to the 270 men still detained there. Also unknown is how the Obama administration and the new Congress and Senate will approach the complicated legal issues that created and sustained Guantanamo. Will America still designate “enemy combatants” in 2009? What’s missing from the national discussion about Guantanamo are the perspectives of veterans and detainees themselves. This blog is focused on getting those voices to be part of the mainstream conversation about the future of the prison.

Begg and A-Marri work with the UK-based prisoner nonprofit Cageprisoners in the UK and invited Arendt to join them on tour after seeing him speak at an Iraq Veterans Against War event. They first time the three men shook hands was at the beginning of the tour, on January 10th, 2009. The prisoners and guard may have met in Guantanamo, but they were not allowed to speak to one another.

If you live in the UK, come and see Arendt, Begg and Al Marri speak for yourself. Here’s the tour route:

11/01 – Friends’ House, Euston, London, Doors open 6:30pm

12/01 – Bristol
with Bristol Stop the War Coalition and Bristol Amnesty International
Kuumba Centre,
20-23 Hepburn Road (off Stokes Croft),

13/01 – Reading

With Reading Peace Group, Reading University Amnesty International Group, Reading Muslim Council.
Room 27,
Humanities and Social Sciences Building,
Reading University,
Whiteknights Campus,
Shinfield Road,
7.30-9PM (doors open 7.15pm)
14/01 – Brighton
with Brighton Against Guantanamo
Friends Meeting House, Meeting House Lane, Brighton

15/01 – Cambridge

with Cambridge Stop the War Coalition

16/01 – Birmingham,
The Rex Centre
430-434 Coventry Rd, Small Heath Birmingham,
West Midlands, B10 0UG.

19/01 – Nottingham
University of Nottingham

20/01 – Sheffield
With Sheffield Guantanamo Campaign, Sheffield Hallam University Islamic Society, Sheffield Stop the War Coalition, Stop Islamophobia Society Sheffield University
Grosvenor House Hotel,
Charter Square,
(Opposite Debenhams),
Sheffield, S1 3EH
Doors open 7pm
Open to all.
Contact: 07972 206218

21/01 – Manchester
Geoffrey Manton Building
Lecture Theatre 1 & 2
Manchester Metropolitan University
All Saints Building,
Oxford Road
All Saints,
Manchester, M15 6BH
Doors open 5:30pm, 6pm start
Contact: 07809505764

22/01 – Liverpool

with Merseyside Stop the War

The Great Hall, at the Cornerstone Theatre, Hope University, 1 Haigh St, near Staples (of Islington & Shaw St), Liverpool City Centre

23/01 – Blackburn
with Woman’s Voice and ExChange
2pm – 3:30pm
Blackburn Cathedral,
Cathedral Close

23/01 – Bolton
5pm – 7:30pm
Bolton Council of Mosques
Conference Suite,
1 Vicarage Street ( off Cannon St)

26/01 – Leeds, with Leeds University Islamic Society

27/01 – Hull, with Hull Peace Campaign
Quaker Meeting House Bean Street Hull HU3 2PR

28/01 – York
University of York

29/01 – Newcastle
with Newcastle Stop the War Coalition

30/01 – Glasgow
with SACC

31/01 – Edinburgh
with SACC and Stop the War Edinburgh

01/02 – Edinburgh

03/02 – Belfast

04/02 – Cardiff

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