one small window…

on the world: a view on human rights


All articles on this website are by Aisha Maniar, a human rights activist and writer. I work with the London Guantánamo Campaign, which I set up in 2006, and other human rights organisations and campaigns, mainly on issues related to prisoner and minority rights, and torture.

I am a contributor to various publications, both print and electronic. I write about issues – usually related to human rights and civil liberties – that are of concern but are largely ignored in the mainstream. I am a professional freelance legal translator, so I also write about language and translation issues. This website contains possibly the most detailed coverage and analysis of the UK Ministry of Justice’s disastrous privatisation and outsourcing of deaf and foreign language court interpreting services in England and Wales since 2012.

All images and materials contained herein are copyrighted. Re-publication possible WITH permission. Views in speech marks and interviews do not necessarily reflect my own. If you use my research, ideas, and conclusions, especially for commercial research and/or media purposes, be sure to accredit the source.

6 comments on “About

  1. Anna
    June 30, 2014

    Hi! I wonder what happened to Rasul Kudaev? He got a trial this year but I dont know what came out of it!

    • Aisha Maniar
      July 4, 2014

      The judge was supposed to make a ruling on 30 June, instead the detention (in pre-trial detention or house arrest) of the defendants was extended until September. In the meantime, some of the defendants have gone on hunger strike in protest at conditions and Rasul Kudaev has been held intermittently in solitary confinement. He has complained about the conditions of his detention, especially as they aggravate his existing medical condition.

  2. Leanna Noble
    June 2, 2015

    Sister, As volunteer Portside moderator with Truthout permission I posted your recent piece on Guantanamo Bay prisoners released to Uruguay. Your important work will help educate and motivate many of our list serv subscribers and Facebook page and website readers. Your work is appreciated!

  3. Natalie Brant
    March 21, 2016

    Hi Aisha,
    I’m looking for examples from France of when citizens have been stripped of their citizenship (denaturalized) on the grounds of terrorism prior to 1998 and as far back as 1980. Essientially, trying to support the statement from your blog post:
    “eight people have been deprived of French nationality in relation to terrorism offences”

    Is it possible for you to share the resources you used?

    It would be much appreciated!

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