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About Aisha Maniar

Aisha Maniar is a human rights activist who works with the London Guantánamo Campaign.

The London Guantánamo Campaign has been campaigning since 2006 for the release of all prisoners held at Guantánamo Bay, the closure of Guantánamo and other similar prisons and an end to the practice of extraordinary rendition.

Articles by Aisha Maniar

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Constitutional conventions: best practice

The last Russian prisoner at Guantánamo Bay does not want to go home

Fourteen years after arriving at Guantánamo, Ravil Mingazov is now due to be released. But returning to Russia could bring harassment, torture and the threat of further imprisonment.

Lessons not learned in Kabardino-Balkaria

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Ten years after militants attacked the town of Nalchik in the North Caucasus, the cycle of violence continues.

 

Trial and error in the Kabardino-Balkaria Republic

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Nine years after a series of coordinated attacks on government and military installations in and around Nalchik, Russia, 58 men have been convicted in a show trial worthy of the Stalin era.

On Britain's use of torture

On the anniversary of the UN Convention Against Torture, it's important to remember Britain's uncomfortable relationship with this particular international crime.

Out of the Guantanamo frying pan into the Russian fire

While Russia steps up calls for the US to close the Guantánamo Bay prison camp, its own abuse and mistreatment of Russian nationals who returned to the country from Guantánamo a decade ago is less well publicised.

Should Britain offer asylum to Afghan interpreters who served its forces?

The UK Government is currently refusing to offer automatic asylum to those who risked their lives interpreting for the British army in Afghanistan. As pressure mounts, will they change their minds?

Time for accountability: Europe’s role in extraordinary rendition

European governments remain complicit in rendition, a process designed to put interrogations beyond the law. Britain leads the pack in using secret court proceedings to conceal human rights abuses.

Off the menu: Guantánamo Bay hunger strike

The majority of the remaining 166 prisoners at Guantanamo have been on hunger strike since early February, mostly held without charge or trial, yet there has been a continued media silence on the issue. This flagrant abuse of justice must be challenged.

Show me the money: can human rights offer an alternative discourse of resistance to austerity?

Human rights can provide a novel and effective tool for challenging punitive and economically failing austerity measures. We need to reframe the debate. Here's why.

Secret courts in Britain: blink and they'll be a reality

The Justice and Security Bill is moving swiftly through parliament. Few appreciate the true extent of the threat to civil liberties and an open judicial system. The clock is ticking for the right to a fair trial in Britain.

The UN Convention Against Torture: 25 and rendered numb

Yesterday was the twenty-fifth anniversary of the UN Convention Against Torture, one of the most significant international efforts to halt obscene coercive practices. But while progress has been made, stories of unsanctioned techniques carried out in secret provide testimony of what is still to be done. 

Secret justice: making the exception the rule

An anti-Guantanamo Bay activist gives an overview of the UK government's 'secret justice' plans. The piece accompanies Tim Otty QC's detailed analysis of the Justice and Security Green Paper and its potential to erode the very principle of the fair and open trial.

Mocking justice: Guantánamo Bay hits ten and is here to stay

Today marks one decade of the illegal prison camp. A personal tragedy for those who remain and a global outrage. Obama's broken promise to close it and British politicians' failure to bring home Shaker Aamer must not pave the way for normalisation.

Closed courts and secret evidence: Britain’s own Guantanamo Bay

The government is attempting to further shield itself from those seeking to obtain secret intelligence. Proposals contained in a new consultation green paper threaten to compromise the British system of open justice and the right to a fair trial.

Guantanamo Bay: the shadow cast over the 'special relationship'

Guantanamo Bay is unlikely to be discussed by Cameron and Obama during the president's first state visit to the UK this week. Yet Britain could use our special relationship with the US to call for Obama to keep his promise, and close the detainment facility

Torture evidence: a secret between Britain and her allies?

Just one year ago, it was revealed that the intelligence services knew former Guantanamo Bay detainee Binyam Mohamed had been tortured. Now the Coalition is seeking to introduce measures that would prevent the courts releasing intelligence-sharing information at all: thus ensuring that cases such as Mohamed’s are never again brought to light.

One year anniversary of Obama’s broken promise to shut Guantanamo Bay

If Barack Obama had kept his word, Guantánamo Bay would have closed down by this day last year. The continuing existence of the detainment facility is a British, as well as an American, problem - not least because of the British detainee held there for almost nine years without charge.
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