Wed, 18 Nov | Zoom

Citizenship Stripping: Making the World Safer?

When can someone be stripped of their citizenship? is this the only solution? Find out more from our engaging panel of speakers.
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Citizenship Stripping: Making the World Safer?

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18 Nov 2020, 18:00 – 19:30 GMT

About the Event

How should the UK deal with British citizens who travelled to Syria and allegedly joined Islamic State but now wish to return to the UK? This complex question has been at the heart of the on-going case of Shamima Begum and well as others such as Jack Letts (‘Jihadi Jack’) and Tauqir Sharif (‘Tox’) who have all been stripped of their citizenship. This webinar looks at how this counter terrorism measure is being deployed by states in response to this issue and whether, from a human rights perspective, states have an obligation to take back such individuals. Is banishment the just and only solution? And, does this measure actually make the world safer or is it a gross miscalculation and, in fact, counter-effective?  

About the Speakers:  Tayab Ali, Partner, Bindmans LLP

Tayab is an internationally recognised and highly respected Solicitor Advocate. His practice encompasses criminal and civil/public law in both the UK and international jurisdictions. Tayab is one of the country’s leading authorities on counter-terrorism law, having acted in numerous high profile prosecutions over the last two decades. He was the solicitor in the Supreme Court case, R v Gul, which defined "terrorism" in the context of military attacks by non-State armed groups in a non-international armed conflict. He also acted for Sally Lane and John Letts, the parents of ‘Jihadi Jack’, who were prosecuted for funding terrorism when they sent money to their son in Syria. The case involved pre-trial clarification of law, which included a Supreme Court case ruling on the test in terrorism funding cases and a Court of Appeal case which ruled on whether duress of circumstances was available as a defence in terrorist funding cases. Tayab is currently representing several Syrian returnees and a man who was unlawfully detained by the UK and US armed forces for a 10-year period during the Iraq war.

Letta Tayler, Senior Researcher in the Crisis and Conflict Division, Human Rights Watch.

Letta leads the division's work on terrorism and counterterrorism. Her focus includes the Islamic State and Al-Qaeda, counterterrorism policy at the United Nations, drone strikes and other targeted killings, and counterterrorism measures in countries around the world. Tayler has worked in more than three dozen countries as a human rights defender and in her previous capacity as a journalist. She has been a featured guest on The BBC, CNN, Fresh Air, Al Jazeera and Democracy Now!. As a foreign correspondent with Newsday, Tayler was one of the first Western reporters to detail prisoner abuse at Abu Ghraib and chronicled events including the US invasion of Iraq and the bombings of Tora Bora. Tayler is a former rock music critic.

Fahad Ansari, Solicitor at Riverway Law

Fahad is an immigration and nationality law solicitor specialising in complex cases involving an overlap with issues relating to national security.  Fahad is regularly instructed by foreign nationals facing deportation following convictions for terrorism, and is currently representing a number of British nationals who have been deprived of their UK citizenship on grounds of national security. Fahad regularly writes about current affairs and has had articles published in the Guardian and New Statesman. He is regularly invited to comment on legal developments by numerous media outlets including the BBC, Sky News, CNN, TRT and Al-Jazeera. Fahad has spoken at international conferences around the world including at the UN Human Rights Committee in Geneva. He is a contributor to a forthcoming book,  I Refuse to Condemn: Resisting Racism in Times of National Security.

This webinar is introduced and moderated by Sultana Tafadar (Barrister at No5 Chambers), Head of Counter-Terrorism & National Security Working Group, Muslim Lawyers Action Group.

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