The Stansted 15 were acting to uphold justice, not to contravene it. The state must not be able to use sweeping powers granted for the so-called fight against international terrorism to aid its agenda elsewhere.
The dust is still settling in Nepal but the country is, arguably, on the road to stable peace. Yet, the case of Thawang shows how wars can continue to claim victims. A persisting fear of this tiny minority group, rooted in misperceptions of their extremist views, sees them continue to be labelled by narratives informed by war.
The talks were bold indictments of a state that has conscripted all areas of society into enforcing its racialised immigration control system, a state that has turned bankers, landlords, teachers, nurses, doctors and even NGO workers into border guards. A state that speaks of humans as ‘illegals’.