Tag Archives: guantanamo

Outside the Law – Stories from Guantanamo

Outside the Law – Stories from Guantanamo
a film and panel discussion, on Tuesday 19 October at Malvern Theatres.

For full details see:
http://malvern.amnesty.org.uk/events_details.asp?CategoryID=2718&EventID=2460

Campaign Trick #8 – Have a Sense of Humour

David Nicholl’s eighth trick is to have a sense of humour. When he ran the London Marathon for Amnesty in an orange jumpsuit to raise awareness of Guantanamo he met a few surprised fellow runners. To realise how others see you and use humour to relax them and you can be important in order to get on a level with others. If you want to persuade others to your cause you often need to make a human connection before your arguments can make an impact and humour can help with this. To consider the effectiveness of humour in campaigning see how David Nicholl used the London Gorilla race to raise awareness of Guantanamo by running as ‘George the Guantanmo Guerilla’ at http://www.thestirrer.co.uk/george-the-guantanamo-gorilla-1706081.html

Why Torture Is Wrong… A Response To Maureen Messent

On Friday I read a piece by Birmingham Mail columnist, Maureen Messent, that made me feel truly disgusted. In it she supported the use of torture in the so-called ‘War on Terror’ – see http://bit.ly/aB1s1g

I believe torture is abhorrent, absolutely forbidden by international law and will in any case produce unreliable information at the cost of shattering lives forever. It additionally provides a perfect propaganda weapon for al-Qai’da and others. Guantanmo and practices such as rendition make it easy for both terrorists and despotic regimes to say that the US and its allies do not respect human rights. It is true that international terrorism remains a very real threat. But fighting it must never mean throwing away our own values and rights.

I feel Maureen Messent is misguided in her views and fails to stand up for our values of democracy, human rights and respect for both the rules and process of law. If you feel strongly about this issue why not write a letter to the Birmingham Mail letters@birminghammail.net

Campaign Trick #3 – Use Your Imagination

It is important for successful campaigning to use your imagination. David Nicholl, in order to highlight the abuses at Guantanamo Bay ran the London Marathon in 2005 in an orange jumpsuit with a ball and chain attached. This was high profile and several weeks before the general election that year. His feat raised cash and awareness which was a double whammy.