On Monday 23rd February 2009, Quilliam Director Maajid Nawaz spoke at Bristol university on “Human Rights: the Front Line of Defence against Terrorism” in an event organized by Bristol University’s Amnesty Society.


During a time of releases from Guantanamo Bay, and promises of its closure, Maajid spoke of the importance of standing firm on liberal democratic principles when engaging in the struggle of ideas against Islamism so as to lead by example, reclaim the moral high ground and strike a consistent message.


Maajid spoke of his own adoption by Amnesty International as a ‘Prisoner of Conscience’ and the effect Amnesty’s campaign had on his change of heart towards human rights campaigners.


Maajid also warned that undermining human rights to fight ‘terror’ would only bolster the rhetoric of Islamists and Jihadists and further alienate Muslim communities from their own society’s values.