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Extradited to a Future of Torture: The Reality of Solitary Confinement in America


This event was hosted by the International State Crime Initiative and featured the UK premiere of the new documentary by Valerie Kaur of Yale Visual Law entitied ‘The Worst of the Worst’. The documentary is a portrait of Northern Correctional Institution, a US supermax prison in Connecticut to which British citizens Babar Ahmed and Talha Ahsan were extradited in 2012.

Before the film showing, Tessa Murphy of Amnesty International introduced the issue of solitary confinement as a human rights concern. Then special guests from America, James Ridgeway and Jean Casella ( gave a presentation on supermax prisons and solitary confinement in America. After the film showing, Hamja Ahsan, the brother of Talha Ahsan, read from Talha’s new supermax prison writings and answered questions about his brother’s conditions.