If you thought pre-crime was something that Tom Cruise had to battle in Minority Report, think again. Our panel of human rights experts and researchers debate the ethical solutions to protecting the modern state and its citizens. Panellists in include Martha Spurrier, Director of Liberty, journalist and writer Ben Hayes, and Vidhya Ramalingam, founder of Moonshot CVE (Countering Violent Extremism). This panel is chaired by Yasmine Ahmed, executive director of Rights Watch UK.
Martha, a human rights barrister is Director of Liberty, one of the most prominent, tireless human rights organisations in the UK. Before joining Liberty, she specialised in defending access to justice, challenging state failures and fighting for the rights of women, children and disabled people. She has worked with bereaved families seeking answers after loved ones died in state care, victims of rape, domestic violence and trafficking who have been failed by the police, and protestors and journalists whose freedoms have been under attack. She was previously a lawyer at Mind and the Public Law Project and she has written books about human rights, policing and disability rights. She is a trustee of Medical Justice.
Ben is a Fellow of the Transnational Institute and an Associate of the Peace Research Institute Oslo and the Human Security Collective. He has spent more than 20 years researching and assessing security, counter-terrorism, border control and state surveillance policies. He worked with the civil liberties organisation Statewatch from 1996 to 2014, and previously set-up the Counterterrorism and human rights programme at the European Centre for Constitutional and Human Rights
Yasmine has been Director of Rights Watch (UK) since April 2014. She was a member of the South Australian Muslim Reference group appointed by the South Australian Minister for Multicultural Affairs. The Reference Group provided advice on plans for promoting a balanced public awareness of Muslim communities, educating the public about Islam, and addressing physical and verbal attacks on Muslims. She is a Chevening Scholar, has an LLM in Public International Law from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) and has taught public international law at SOAS and the University of Adelaide, South Australia.
Vidhya is an expert on far-right extremism and anti-minority violence. She is Founder of Moonshot CVE, and oversees programmes to respond to hate and extremism online. Previously, Vidhya was Senior Fellow on Far-Right Extremism and Intolerance at the Institute for Strategic Dialogue, where she set up and ran the international program on far-right terrorism. From 2012-2014, she led the Far-Right Extremism in Europe Initiative (FREE Initiative), a cross-EU advocacy programme on prevention of far-right terrorism, working with over 300 practitioners across 10 countries to raise awareness of far-right violence and hate crime. She holds various roles including Faculty Associate at the University of Oxford, and Advisory Board Member of Life After Hate.