An interview with “accidental human rights activist” and “shy radical” Hamja Ahsan about art, solitary confinement, injustice and much else besides

Hamja is a former artist and curator. He was propelled into political activity when police raided his house in July 2006 and arrested his brother Talha. Talha was subsequently extradited to the US to face terrorism charges, after a long legal battle. He pleaded guilty last December, as part of a plea bargain.

“We don’t realise Guantánamo begins at home… You see systematically they have just wronged so many people.”

“Many people were outraged at the way Bradley Manning was treated prior to his trial… What they don’t realise is that there are like 80,000 people in America in solitary confinement.”

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