Quilliam Director Maajid Nawaz was invited to participate in Amnesty International’s Student Conference 7th – 9th November 2008, held at Reading University. Maajid was adopted as a Prisoner of Conscience by Amnesty International whilst in a prison in Egypt.
Maajid touched on current human rights concerns in the field of counter-terrorism, including the 42-day detention Bill, interrogation techniques, profiling of terrorists, and the use of torture. He argued that the centre-left needs to reclaim the civil rights agenda because Islamists, through exercising their right to Freedom of Speech, are calling for death to apostates and to homosexuals, which threatens an individual’s right to both Freedom of Religion and Freedom of Association.
Other speakers included the Director of Amnesty UK, BBC journalist Alan Johnston (and winner of the 2007 Amnesty International Media Award for radio), political activist Mark Thomas, and various Amnesty representatives from the UK, Iran and Indonesia.