PRESS RELEASE: UK / USA – IHRC denounces extradition decision


The decision to extradite UK citizens Talha Ahsan and Babar Ahmed is a display of double standards by the so-called British Justice System. These men who have languished in prison for seven years without charge with immeasurable agony to themselves and family have now had the final death blow to their lives. 

We would expect “justice” like this from a authoritarian state not one that claims to be democratic and transparent.  The one sided extradition treaty needs to be changed and the lives of British citizens must be protected by the British state. 

IHRC has campaigned for the release of Babar Ahmed and Talha Ahsan continuously and has urged their supporters to do the same. However, it is clear now that the British judiciary is not in place to serve the British people, and in this case has acted in the interest of the US. We would have thought that the days of the UK playing poodle to the US had left us when Tony Blair left office.

This verdict tells the world that the British judiciary is inadequate to deal with cases and has to extradite suspects to the US. 

Chair of IHRC, Massoud Shadjareh said, “This is a deeply depressing decision, one which shows up the British judiciary and the politically charged nature of this specific case.”

“IHRC will continue to campaign for justice for these men, even if they are extradited to the US. This case will serve as a dirty mark in British judicial history, one that people in years to come will look back on with shame. “

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