It’s been nearly six months since British citizens Babar Ahmed and Talha Ahsan were extradited to the United States. Just as they and their families feared, they’re now being held in supermax conditions of solitary confinement – alone 23 hours/day in a tiny cell, day after day after day…
On 16 May come see a film about the Northern Correctional Institution, the prison where Talha and Babar spend their days as they await trial. This is the UK premiere of the film, entitled The Worst of the Worst. We’ll be lucky enough to also have two special guests from the States, James Ridgeway and Jean Casella, who will speak about the realities of supermax in America and share their incredible work on the website they co-run, http://www.solitarywatch.com.
At the event we’ll also hear from Tessa Murphy of Amnesty International, and Hamja Ahsan, Talha’s brother, who will read from Talha’s new supermax prison writings and answer questions about his brother’s condition.
What allowed Babar, Talha and others to be whisked away to the US is that the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled that the conditions they would face in US prisons didn’t constitute torture. Please attend this special and important event and learn why the ECHR’s decision was incredibly dangerous, for British citizens, Americans and the global struggle to ensure human rights for all.
Event description (from Facebook)
Extradited to a Future of Torture: The Reality of Solitary Confinement in America
Date: 6pm, 16 May 2013
Location: Room S-2.08, King’s Building, King’s College London, Strand, London WC2R 2LS
This event, hosted by International State Crime Initiative, will feature the UK premiere of the new documentary by Valerie Kaur of Yale Visual Law. The documentary, entitled The Worst of the Worst, is a portrait of Northern Correctional Institution, a US supermax prison in Connecticut to which British citizens Babar Ahmed and Talha Ahsan were extradited in 2012.
Before the film showing, Tessa Murphy of Amnesty International will introduce the issue of solitary confinement as a human rights concern. Author of “The Edge of Endurance” – Amnesty International special report on US Supermax isolation.
Then special guests from America, James Ridgeway and Jean Casella, will give a presentation a supermax prisons and solitary confinement in America.
After the film showing, Hamja Ahsan, the brother of Talha Ahsan, will read from Talha’s new supermax prison writings and answer questions about his brother’s conditions.
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