London - CAGE is today commencing the commemoration of its 20th anniversary, marking two decades of achievements. The organisation will be announcing its formal transformation to ‘CAGE International’ and launching its new Manifesto for communities to mobilise around.
CAGE International will remain rooted in its values and ethics, continue to honour its core mission of seeking a world free from oppression and an end to the ‘War on Terror’ not only in the UK but globally. CAGE International aims to forge alliances and partnerships across the world with like-minded organisations to amplify its impact. Accompanying this will be a new visual identity and website.
Founded in 2003 as CagePrisoners, the organisation began advocating for the rights of prisoners in Guantanamo Bay. Over the years, CAGE has broadened its focus to include addressing state violations and overreach in the UK and on the international stage, within the framework of the so-called War on Terror. The organisation has consistently been at the vanguard in fighting against draconian counter-terrorism policies that indiscriminately target Muslim communities.
This evolution comes as Gaza is subjected to war crimes, ethnic cleansing and a genocide. In response, CAGE International has mobilised its efforts for the liberation of Palestine by realigning and revamping its operational capacity in the UK and across the EU.
CAGE International will continue to address systemic issues, challenge human rights abuses, and amplify the voices of those often silenced but with a wider impact across the globe. Moreover the new entity will build on the work in the UK which evidences that discriminatory, invasive and oppressive policies and laws albeit targeting Muslim communities, undermine the basic liberties of all peoples and the social fabric of societies worldwide.
Muhammad Rabbani, Managing Director of CAGE, said:
“CAGE International's remarkable 20-year trajectory stands as a testament to the resilience of Muslim communities targeted by the state, defiantly resisting coordinated efforts to undermine their fight for justice. From its roots as a fervent advocate for Guantanamo Bay detainees, CAGE International has emerged as a leading voice in crucial policy debates, tirelessly defending the rights of the downtrodden and advancing justice in the struggle against an expanding security state.
At its core, CAGE International remains a Muslim-led NGO that, from its inception, foresaw the far-reaching consequences of terrorism laws on everyone's rights. Today, as we stand vindicated in our foresight, CAGE International represents a beacon of hope and resilience, transcending borders to ensure justice prevails. Our mission and values remain the same but the impact will be bigger.”