Tehmina Kazi



Tehmina Kazi took up the position of director of British Muslims for Secular Democracy in May 2009. On top of this, she is a freelance consultant for English PEN's "Faith and Free Speech in Schools" project, a trustee of anti-fascist organisation Hope Not Hate, an advisory board member of the Measuring Anti-Muslim Attacks project, a committee member of the newly-formed Inclusive Mosque Initiative, and was a judge of the Accord Coalition's Inclusive Schools Award 2014. She is the Executive Producer of “Hidden Heart,” a documentary about Muslim women who marry non-Muslim men, and was named as one of the BBC's 100 Women in October 2013. Prior to joining BMSD, she was a project officer at the Equality and Human Rights Commission, where she worked on a ground-breaking inquiry into the Human Rights Act and its impact on public service delivery. She also co-organised the first awards ceremony of its kind to acknowledge the achievements of the UK's most powerful Muslim women, which received widespread coverage in the national press.
LLB Law, London School of Economics (2005) Eric Lane Fellowship, Clare College, Cambridge University (2014)
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English, French, Urdu

Analysis & Events


Criticism and propaganda: stories of rights and (auto)inflicted restrictions

EFD Fellow and Director of British Muslims for Secular Democracy Tehmina Kazi’s piece on Quillette Magazine “Why Charlie Hebdo was right to address the Brussels Attacks” is mentioned in an article published by the Union of Rationalist Atheists and Agnostics (UAAR).


Europe at a crossroad: Civil society efforts to counter religious hatred and bigotry in Europe

USCIRF held an event at the National Press Club on April 11, 2016 on countering religious hatred in Europe. The event featured a keynote address by Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, a panel of European civil society leaders on the situation on the ground, their work, and best practices from their experiences, and remarks by USCIRF Commissioners.


Prevent and Channel

EFD Fellow Tehmina Kazi writes about the importance of education and counter-narrative in counter-extremism programs, which she finds more fruitful than a strategy focused on surveillance and repression.


PM+: EU lacking effective response to extremist online propaganda

Tehmina Kazi, director of British Muslims for Secular Democracy and a Fellow at the European Foundation for Democracy, writes about the difficulty in countering online extremism and explains why vulnerable individuals have been so susceptible to their messages. In the article, Tehmina stresses the importance of combating non-violent extremism with the same tenacity as violent extremism and provides several examples for how an effective counter-narrative campaign should do so.

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