One Society Many Cultures, a campaigning organisation that raises awareness about the rise of Islamophobia and racism, has welcomed the decision by the Backbench Business Committee in the Houses of Parliament to schedule a full votable parliamentary debate on extradition on Monday 5th December. This follows a petition of over 141,000 people calling for a change in the law which impacts on Babar Ahmad, and enormous criticism of the committee’s earlier decision to schedule a debate with no vote for MPs.
Babar Ahmad is a British Citizen who has been detained in the UK for 7 years without trial fighting extradition to the USA under the controversial no-evidence-required Extradition Act 2003. In June 2011, the Houses of Parliament, Joint Committee on Human Rights urged the UK government to change the law so that Babar Ahmad’s perpetual threat of extradition is ended without further delay. Since all of the allegations against Babar Ahmad are said to have taken place in Britain, an e-petition was set up to call upon the British Government to put him on trial in the UK and support British Justice for British Citizens.
Ashfaq Ahmad, father of Babar Ahmad said:
“It has been a long and hard fought battle. The opportunity to get the issue of extradition debated in parliament is an important milestone, both for my son and a number of other individuals affected by this unfair piece of legislation.”
“While the final text of the motion fails to mention Babar Ahmad explicitly, it is clear through discussion with various MPs that it is as a direct result of my son’s plight and the subsequent overwhelming public support for the call to try my son in the UK, that this issue is being brought before parliament.”
“It is essential that any reforms to the extradition laws that are voted for apply to pending cases such as Babar’s as it would be absolutely immoral to extradite British citizens under a Treaty that has been found by Parliament to be unfair.”
Sabby Dhalu, Secretary of One Society Many Cultures said:
“At a time when the Muslim community is being vilified for its supposed failure to adhere to ‘britishness’, the Free Babar Ahmad Campaign reveals the truth. The Muslim community fully supports the British justice system and has fully engaged in the parliamentary process on this important campaign. We now call on all MPs to fully support the motion on Monday which will strengthen human rights and be an important milestone in putting an end to the nightmare that Babar Ahmad and his family have suffered for the last 7 years.”
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2. For further information or to arrange an interview, visit www.freebabarahmad.com or the official Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Babar Ahmad/170108582117; email email@example.com
3. One Society Many Cultures is a national campaign formed to combat the rise of Islamophobia, anti-Muslim hatred and racism; to defend the freedom of religious and cultural expression; and to celebrate our multicultural and diverse society.
4. For further information and interviews contact Sabby Dhalu on 07794 633 097 or Denis Fernando on 07790 022 472.
5. For more information : www.onesocietymanycultures.org, firstname.lastname@example.org