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Cerie Bullivant and Moazzam Begg

The Rule of Law Oral History Project: Cerie Bullivant

An interview of Cerie Bullivant conducted June 1, 2011, in London, England, by Kanishk Tharoor for the Columbia Center for Oral History, Rule of Law Oral History Project.
Cerie Bullivant is a Caseworker Intern at Cageprisoners, a human rights and legal advocacy organization in London that works on behalf of prisoners in Guantánamo Bay and other detainees of the War on Terror. Mr. Bullivant converted to Islam in his early twenties while attending university and working in London. After earning his English teaching qualification, Bullivant was en route to Syria when he was detained by British authorities as a terrorist suspect. Bullivant spent the next two years under a control order, which required him to wear an electronic tag and report daily to the police, before he was acquitted of all charges. Highlights of this interview include Bullivant’s recollection of his early life and family, the process of his conversion to Islam. http://library.columbia.edu/locations…

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The Rule of Law Oral History Project: Moazzam Begg

An interview of Moazzam Begg conducted May 30, 2011, in London, England, by Ronald J. Grele and Kanishk Tharoor for the Rule of Law Oral History Project. Moazzam Begg is the Director of Cageprisoners, a human rights and legal advocacy organization in the United Kingdom that works on behalf of prisoners in Guantánamo Bay and other detainees of the War on Terror. Born in Birmingham, England, Begg was arrested in Afghanistan in the series of mass arrests of foreigners in the region in the immediate aftermath of September 11. He was detained for approximately one year, and then transferred to Guantánamo Bay where he was detained for two years without charge. After his release in 2005, Begg co-authored the first book to be published by a former Guantánamo detainee, Enemy Combatant: A British Muslim’s Journey to Guantánamo and Back. Highlights of this interview include Begg’s early life and experience growing up Muslim in the United Kingdom, his detention at and release from Guantánamo Bay. http://library.columbia.edu/locations…

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