Human Rights Activist

Dual-qualified lawyer

Pursuing justice until justice is done.

Who won the War on Terror? – September 11, 2021

I know a former New Yorker. On September 11, 2001, he was working in his company’s British office. The day seemed normal at first: the usual tasks and paperwork lay ahead of him. Then, a colleague ducked his head around the corner and said that there had been a terrible accident. A plane had struck … Continue Reading

The Largest Circle – July 14, 2021

Sport has a unique ability to unite a diverse nation. I fondly recall the 2019 Cricket World Cup: England won, and afterwards, the Irish-born captain of the English team, Eoin Morgan, stated “We had Allah with us as well.” According to Morgan, the bowler Adil Rashid told him this. Morgan added, “We had the run … Continue Reading

Muslim Lives Matter – June 2, 2021

May 25, 2021 was the first death anniversary of George Floyd. His murder at the hands of the Minneapolis police department has been memorialised in the United States and around the world. His death began a movement which posed direct and difficult questions regarding the structure of white supremacy in America and elsewhere. “Black Lives Matter” is a rallying … Continue Reading

Unequal Justice – May 12, 2021

The principle that drives most legal systems is visible on the American Supreme Court building: ‘Equal justice under law’. The idea is a noble and elegant one: no matter what one’s background, we should have the same access to the law, and be judged the same by the courts. The law applies equally to the … Continue Reading

Moving Beyond Trump – March 22, 2021

The name Federico Klein is unlikely to be recognised by many. However, he worked on Trump’s 2016 campaign. He was an aide in Trump’s State Department and was recently arrested for participating in the January 6 attack on the Capitol. He apparently “physically and verbally engaged” with the police. Klein’s arc, stretching from being a … Continue Reading

What Macron’s clash with Islam reveals about France – January 20, 2021

“Liberté, égalité, fraternité” – Liberty, equality, fraternity. These were the values which inspired the French Revolution of 1789. It’s a compelling idea: regardless of background, anyone who chooses to be part of France is French and has access to these values. Although it has been a long climb towards equality, until recently these ideals remained … Continue Reading

A Change of Heart – January 7, 2021

Women cannot achieve full equality without the right to work. It’s not merely a matter of having one’s own money: work allows women an opportunity to express their talents and provides an environment in which skills and aspirations can be nurtured. Yet, according to a World Bank report published in May 2019, Pakistan has one … Continue Reading

Dreaming Equality – December 8, 2020

“Much of the world rejoiced when Donald Trump was defeated by Joe Biden in the US presidential election. Church bells rang in Paris; people danced on the streets of Washington DC and banged pots and pans in celebration in New York City. “Some attention has been paid to the election of Kamala Harris as vice … Continue Reading

An unequal society – August 10, 2020

For a very long time, Pakistani politicians have said they are in favour of women’s rights. This is probably because we are half the electorate. On March 8 of this year, Prime Minister Imran Khan said that his government was committed to ensuring women’s rights. This statement coincided with International Women’s Day. Prime Minister Khan … Continue Reading