CAGE opposes and rejects all unlawful violence whether committed by state, organisational or individual actors. CAGE is deeply sympathetic to the victims of violence and their loved ones but avoids engaging in this reductive binary and incessant calls to condemn terrorism.
This requirement comes from a place where Muslims are required to establish their own humanity first, before they can be permitted into the conversation on citizenship and equal rights. The underlying reasoning, is “if you do not condemn then by default, you condone.” Solutions to terrorism or politically motivated violence often exist in the most undesirable and unexplored places and CAGE is in search of them.
We regularly engage in dialogue and mediation as a means to conflict resolution and find the language of repeated condemnation unhelpful in seeking solutions.
(NOTE: CAGE represents cases of individuals based on the remit of our work. Supporting a case does not mean we agree with the views or actions of the individual. Content published on CAGE may not reflect the official position of our organisation.)