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Talha Ahsan: the Power of Poetry and the Arts in Extradition Campaigns

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Talha Ahsan is a British-born poet, translator and human rights activist who was held for over a year in solitary confinement in a US “supermax” prison, without ever being charged. His poetry, written in response to his 8-year ordeal facing extradition and an unjust justice system, won the Arthur Koestler prize in 2012, and his case has received support from figures including Noam Chomsky, novelist AL Kennedy, Shami Chakrabarti and Caroline Lucas.

His brother, Hamja Ahsan, who was shortlisted for the Liberty Human Rights Award 2013, will talk about his brother’s case and explore the problems with the extradition agreement between the US and UK. He will also talk about his brother’s poetry, and how the arts can be used in extradition cases.

Hamja will be joined by Julian Huppert MP and Kate Honey of the Green Party for discussion of the political and ethical issues surrounding extradition, and what alternatives can be found for the current system.

This talk is part of the Centre of Governance and Human Rights Events series.

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