Ground-breaking event for Glasgow tomorrow on radicalisation and child sexual exploitation

roshni, the national charity at the forefront of addressing key issues affecting Scotland’s minority ethnic population, will, for the first time ever, host a pioneering event in Glasgow tomorrow – Wednesday 20th May, from 6pm to 8.30pm at Glasgow City Chambers – to tackle the controversial issues of radicalisation and child sexual exploitation [CSE].

The event, Exploiting, Exploited, will provide the platform for attendees to have their views heard in a safe environment and consider cause, prevention and intervention solutions. It will also examine the common threads of the two issues, including grooming, vulnerability and isolation.

The audience will also hear from experts on the subjects of radicalisation and CSE including Nazir Afzal OBE, former Chief Crown Prosecutor of the Crown Prosecution Service for North West England who led the legal teams that reopened and successfully prosecuted the Rochdale grooming cases in 2012.

Ali Khan, Executive Chair, roshni, said: ‘Exploiting, Exploited will be the first forum of its kind which directly involves minority ethnic young people – many of whom have never before been part of the discussion.

‘There are real questions left unanswered and an obvious demand for a full and open debate in a safe space. For effective policy to be implemented, it needs to be based on fact rather than hypothesis. Exploiting, Exploited will deliver the much needed detail to allow Scotland to face this challenge head on.”

The event will welcome hundreds of minority ethnic young people from across Scotland, community members, professionals and frontline staff representing the public and third sector. Amongst the high profile participants will be Lord Advocate, Frank Mulholland, Police Scotland and Scottish Government representatives. The event will also welcome renowned Islamic scholar, Shaykh Abbas and president of the Muslim Youth League UK, Shaykh Rehan.

The discussion will explore a number of controversial topics, including addressing the assistance available to vulnerable young people who turn to radicalisation and questioning whether radicalisation should be considered a child protection issue.

The event is set to ensure that minority ethnic young people in Scotland can contribute to the conversation and be heard – regardless of what they have got to say.


Participants include, amongst others:

Ali Khan – Executive Chair, roshni

Ali founded roshni in 2002 having become aware of the issues surrounding minority ethnic communities, both in terms of internal conflict and external pressures. Ali established roshni because he felt that action needed to be taken to raise awareness of minority ethnic issues in Scotland.

Nazir Afzal OBE – Former Chief Crown Prosecutor for the North West of England

Nazir has prosecuted some of the most high profile cases in the country and advised on many others. Nazir has campaigned tirelessly on a range of issues including violence against women and girls, child sexual abuse, and honour based violence. He has advised UK government ministers and trains lawyers and judges from other countries. His prosecutions of the so called Rochdale grooming gang, BBC presenter Stuart Hall and hundreds of others were ground-breaking and drove the work that has changed the landscape of child protection particularly girls.

Frank Mulholland, Lord Advocate

During his time as Advocate Depute and Lord Advocate, Mr Mulholland has been involved in a number of high profile and significant cases. His experience includes overseeing the case against a number of Algerian persons charged with terrorist offences to supervising the case against Angus Sinclair (World’s End murders) and the Allison and Johnson murder inquiry.

Shaykh Muhammad Abbas

Shaykh Abbas is a renowned Islamic Scholar and speaker who has conducted extensive research into the process of radicalisation.  He is widely educated on the teachings of Islam and has studied under the Grand Shaykh of Somalia, the Grand Mufti of Makkah & Madinah and under Al-Habib Umar bin Hafiz at the Dar al-Mustafa in Yemen.

Shaykh Rehan Ahmed Raza Al- Azhari

Shaykh Rehan is an Islamic scholar, public speaker and community leader who has studied the Islamic Sciences in Pakistan, Syria and Egypt.  He came to Scotland to further his studies in academia and now holds degrees in English, Law and Sociology from the University of Strathclyde.  He is currently a board member of the Muslim Council of Scotland, as well as being the president of the Muslim Youth League UK.

Note: Pre-registration is required for all attendees – details on how to register are online here at the roshni website.

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