World Poetry Day – 21 March – Share Talha’s poetry with the world

World Poetry Day 21st March 2014 21st March is United Nations Poetry Day : http://portal.unesco.org/culture/en/files/19160/10793708893PROCLAMATION1.pdf/PROCLAMATION1.pdf VIDEO : Teaching Poetry to Prisoners with Pat Winslow and Mike Marqusee : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A1-E-WMNqO0 reading of 3 new poems by Pat Winslow about Talha & new poem read by Mike...

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Press Release : Talha Ahsan Family Campaign on Extradition nominated for Liberty Human Right Heroes Award 2013

22nd November 2013 The family-run campaign of an extradited British Citizen has been nominated for a Liberty Human Right Award 2013 for highlighting the injustice of summary Extradition through the creative arts and “inspiring” leadership. Hamja Ahsan, Talha’s younger brother by 1 year and a curator and artist by profession. He has been selected by Liberty: “For...

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Interview – Shami Chakrabarti: “When fear stalks the land, people throw principles aside”

A year ago, Talha Ahsan, a British poet with Asperger’s, was extradited to a supermax prison in the US. Shami Chakrabati, director of human rights organisation Liberty, speaks to Hamja Ahsan, coordinator of the Free Talha campaign, about the cruel absurdities of UK extradition policy. By Shami Chakrabarti, Hamja Ahsan and Turab Shah This interview was...

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Extradite – Out of Mind

Sadiq Khan Shadow Lord Chancellor, Shadow Justice Secretary and Member of Parliament for Tooting A year ago this week two of my Tooting constituents, Babar Ahmad and Syed Talha Ahsan, were extradited to the USA on terror charges. Both men are British citizens who had been held in British prisons prior to their extradition. Yet, despite facing very serious...

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Press Release: Family of extradited British citizen Talha Ahsan hold one-year anniversary vigil in Parliament Square

The family of extradited British citizen Talha Ahsan is holding a one-year anniversary vigil in Parliament Square, from 1pm to 3pm.  Hamja Ahsan, Talha’s younger brother and campaign leader, said, “We remember Talha today so that tomorrow no more British families will be subject to this ordeal.” “The nightmare of extradition became a reality exactly one year ago...

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Rotten extradition law and Talha’s case

Talha Ahsan is a British poet and translator. Born in London, he attended Dulwich College and graduated with first-class honours from the School of Oriental and African Studies. Until last October, he’d never set foot in America. But, one year ago today, that’s exactly where he was flown. And that’s where he’s remained in solitary confinement,...

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