CAGE challenges Nicky Morgan’s hysterical claims

2018-03-19T13:24:53+00:00 January 19th, 2016|Press Release|
It is convenient that the one organisation that has been working to hold the state to account for its abuses in the War on Terror is being specifically targeted. We continue to call for more openness and transparency and the political establishment calls for more secrecy and bans.

The Education Secretary, Nicky Morgan, has alluded for CAGE to be banned in schools and campuses across the country. Morgan claimed that CAGE’s views amount to “incitement to hatred” and purport a “warped ideology”. CAGE challenges these claims and considers them to be hysterical.

CAGE Director, Dr Adnan Siddiqui said:
“Nicky Morgan is making a serious accusation that may be potentially libellous. We will be seeking legal advice on the matter.”
“Her condemnation of numerous British universities for hosting CAGE speakers is another clear indication of how out-of-touch the government is in relation to its failed PREVENT strategy.
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“We challenge the Education Secretary to evidence how our work on calling for due process and the rule of law is tantamount to incitement to hatred.”
“It is convenient that the one organisation that has been working to hold the state to account for its abuses in the War on Terror is being specifically targeted. We continue to call for more openness and transparency, while the political establishment calls for more secrecy and bans.”
“It is deeply concerning that the Education Secretary seeks to define freedom of speech based on a prejudicial understanding.”
“CAGE has been invited to campuses up and down the country upon the request of universities and students themselves for over ten years. We have focussed on issues pertaining to the erosion of civil liberties in the war on terror.”
“CAGE has made significant and historic contributions to focal events of our time. These include regular invitations to institutions like Oxford and Cambridge and playing a key role in debates on crucial matters on detention without trial, torture and wider civil liberty issues. They also include the momentous Two Sides, One Story tour – with former Guantanamo prisoners and guards touring British university campuses – which culminated in one of the largest turnouts in the history of Cardiff University.”
Examples of debates that CAGE has taken part in:

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