The Rt Hon David Cameron MP
10 Downing Street
London SW1A 0AA
26th April 2012
Dear Prime Minister,We, the undersigned, believe it is manifestly unjust that British citizens should be held in maximum security prisons for years on end without being charged for breaking British laws, but this is what is happening today.
In the case of Babar Ahmad the evidence against him was transferred to the US authorities before the Crown Prosecution Service could even consider the case against him. The predicaments of Syed Talha Ahsan and Gary McKinnon, who both suffer from Asperger's Syndrome, as well as Richard O'Dwyer are equally dire - they are in endless limbo with extradition hanging over their heads.
We believe the 2003 UK-US Extradition Treaty is unfair because it does not provide a level playing field when it comes to the rights of British citizens.
To extradite any of these men to a foreign jurisdiction thousands of miles away, where they are separated from family, friends and legal representatives, is in itself a punishment of the gravest kind.
We believe that to extradite such individuals to the US where they are likely to face up to three years in solitary confinement awaiting trial and subjected to a plea bargain system is completely contrary to British values. This whole procedure undermines our sovereignty.
This is not the way forward to build a socially cohesive United Kingdom on shared values of fair play and respect for human rights. We urge you in the name of humanity to halt the pending extraditions.
Ashfaq Ahmad (Father of Babar Ahmad), Julia O'Dwyer (Mother of Richard O’Dwyer), Janis Sharp (Mother of Gary McKinnon), Abu Ahsan (Father of Syed Talha Ahsan), Elaine Tappin (Wife of Christopher Tappin), David Bermingham, Dame Harriet Walter, Lord Hylton, Lord Herman Ouseley, Dame Helena Kennedy QC, Sir Geoffrey Bindman QC, Jago Russell (Chief Executive, Fair Trials International), Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers, Farooq Murad (Secretary General, Muslim Council of Britain), Sivanandran, Rt Rev Alan Munday, John Hemming MP, Rodney Bickerstaffe, Unjum Mirza (Political officer London Transport Region RMT), Andrew Murray (Chief of Staff, Unite), Professor Lee Bridges (Emeritus Professor, University of Warwick, School of Law), Dr. Hany El-Banna OBE, Professor Bill Bowring, Saleem Kidwai OBE (Chair of Muslim Council of Wales), Dr Javed Gill (Convenor, Muslim Council of Scotland), Colin Prescod, Harmit Athwal, Bianca Jagger (Founder and Chair of the Bianca Jagger Human Rights Foundation), Liz Fekete, Catherine Freeman, Victoria Brittain, Caroline Lucas MP, Bruce Kent, Liz Davies (Barrister), Louise Christian (Christian Khan Solicitors), Simone Abel (Director Rene Cassin), Jeremy Corbyn MP, Salma Yaqoob (Respect Party), Professor Stephen Chan, Muhammad Sawaiha (President, British Muslim Initative), Patsy Robertson, Anas Altikriti (CEO, The Cordoba Foundation), Yvonne Ridley, Dr Daud Abdullah, Dr Usama Hasan (Middlesex University), Chris Nineham (Stop the War Coalition), Dr. Shaykh Haitham al-Haddad, Lauren Booth, Dr Muhammad Abdul Bari MBE (Former Secretary General, Muslim Council of Britain), Dr Gholam Khiabany, Jenny Bourne, Dr Jon Burnett, Cilius Victor, Danny Reilly, Shaykh Ibrahim Mogra, Dr Salah Beltagui (East Kilbride Muslim Community), Naima Bouteldja (Journalist), Dilowar H. Khan (President, Islamic Forum of Europe), Anne Gray (Campaign Against Criminalising Communities), Mohammad Kozbar (Chair, Lebanese Muslim League), Nacima Khan (Muslimaat UK), Abdullah Faliq (Chair, Enough Coalition Against Islamophobia), Paul Handley, Mozzam Begg (Director, Cageprisoners), Na'eem Darr (CEO, Muslim Directory UK), Kristiane Backer (Broadcaster/Journalist), Sir Iqbal Sacranie, Clive Stafford Smith.