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March 7, 2014
Extradition: The Question of Citizenship in the War on Terror
Bradford Students’ Union
March 7, 2014
5.30pm -
Bradford Students’ Union
Student Central, University Of Bradford, Lecture Theatre 0.51
United Kingdom
Leading commentators & activists, including Arun Kundnani, discuss the UK’s participation in the War on Terror

As Theresa May adds amendments to the proposed Immigration Bill that would equip the Home Office with even more powers to strip Briton’s of their citizenship, making them stateless, we are told by the government simply that “citizenship is a privilege, not a right”.

Britain continues to fortify its two-tiered system of citizenship: one for those of white British ancestry, and another for those who are naturalised or inherit dual citizenship through their foreign-born parents. As this event will highlight, it seems that the rights and protections of some UK citizens are more precarious than others.

There have already been 16 cases of citizenship stripping in the UK since 2010. In many of these cases, like those of Bilil al-Barjawi and Mohammed Sakr who both died in US drone strikes and Mahdi Hashi who ended up on trail in New York, the stripping of citizenship corresponds with US pursuit and action against them.

In Extradition: The Question of Citizenship in the War on Terror we bring together leading commentators and activists to discuss the UK’s participation in the War on Terror by exploring citizen stripping, entrapment practices, the extradition of UK citizens for terrorist trails in the US, solitary confinement and preemptive prosecution in the US criminal justice system.

This is a JUST West Yorkshire event, in collaboration with the Free Talha Ahsan Campaign, The White Spaces Network and hosted by Bradford Students’ Union.

In 2013 Bradford Students’ Union passed a motion to support the Free Talha Ahsan Campaign

Panelists:

Hamja Ahsan
Brother of Talha Ahsan and campaigner for the Free Talha Ahsan Campaign. Nominated for the Liberty Human Right Heroes Award in 2013.

Arun Kundnani
Author of the forthcoming book The Muslims are Coming! Islamophobia, extremism, and the domestic War on Terror. Arun Kundnani writes about race, Islamophobia, political violence, and surveillance. He is the author of The End of Tolerance: racism in 21st century Britain, which was selected as a New Statesman book of the year in 2007. He is a former editor of the journal Race & Class

Nisha Kapoor
Lecturer in Sociology at The University of York, Co-editor of The State of Race. Her work explores race and racism, postcolonialism and the War on Terror.

Mohammad Shabir
Bradford councilor, CEO of Mental health charity Sharing Voices, and has an extensive history of working in Bradford around inclusion and diversity.

S.Sayyid
Co-editor of Thinking Through Islamophobia: Global Perspectives.

We will be screening the Yale Law Project 2012 film The Worst of the Worst: A Portrait of a Supermax Prison the prison where Talha Ahsan is currently being held in solitary confinement.

TEASER TRAILER - The Worst of the Worst: Portrait of a Supermax Prison from Yale Visual Law Project on Vimeo.

The Worst of the Worst: Portrait of a Supermax Prison depicts Connecticut’s sole supermax prison, where many inmates are held in solitary confinement for months and even years at a time. Hard-hitting interviews with a range of experts and administrators are interwoven with the powerful stories of those who spend their days within the walls of Northern: inmates and correctional officers.

The Worst of the Worst is an official selection of the United Nations Association Film Festival and the Global Peace Film Festival. The film has been screened for students, legislators, inmates and others across the US, UK and Canada.

All are welcome. The event is free and spaces are on a first come first served basis.

*Arun Kundnani is the author of The Muslims are Coming!: Islamophobia, Extremism, and the Domestic War on Terror - publishing in March 2013. He will be visiting the UK and taking part in a number of events to launch the book. Full details can be found on our Events page*