In February 2022, Shahrar Ali initiated a course of legal action against GPEW following his unjust treatment as the Green Party national spokesperson for Policing and Domestic Safety. Shahrar maintains that he was subjected to a coordinated campaign of discrimination and victimisation because of his gender critical beliefs.
The case was heard in the Central London County Court at the Royal Courts of Justice on 21st – 25th August and a final summing up will be heard on Nov 21st. To follow the proceedings on Twitter see Tribunal Tweets
Shahrar Ali v Green Party of England and Wales – #AliVsGPEW
This case is not just about the way that Shahrar has been treated; it is about:
- The right of women to be able to defend their access to same-sex spaces or provision of services when crucial to their dignity or safety.
- The right of children to be protected from online prescription of puberty blockers, without medical due diligence, leading to a potential pathway of life-altering drug dependency for life.
- The right of women to be able to self-organise, or congregate, without fear of intimidation, silencing or cancellation.
“At the heart of this case is my unjust treatment as the Green Party national spokesperson for Policing and Domestic Safety. Following my appointment, on 7 June 2021, I was subjected to a coordinated campaign of discrimination and victimisation because of my gender critical beliefs, which are protected under s.10 of the Equality Act. This campaign of discrimination was conducted, induced or aided by members of the Party including by officers, elected representatives and committee members.
A group of officers, after failing to amass enough votes to remove me at the Executive meeting of 24 June 2021, engineered a new series of processes through which to further target me. In Oct 2021, following a leadership contest triggered by the resignation of both Co-leaders, I was asked to address some concerns about “trans rights” under a newly formed Spokesperson support and monitoring group. Unknown to me this Group had an ulterior motive, quite independently of my capacity to defend my statements as a spokesperson. In the words of the joint Coordinators for Equality and Diversity:
On 5 Feb 2022, a majority on the Executive voted to remove my spokesperson role. They did so despite a Letter Before Action and the resignation of an executive officer the day before. It is understood they also acted contrary to their own legal advice. I was not officially informed of my removal, nor the specific reasons for it, before a public announcement was made on Twitter alleging breaches of the Spokespersons code of conduct.”
Much has been raised through Crowd Justice but Shahrar still needs your help to defend freedom of association, women’s rights and child safeguarding. We know that times are tight right now but if you can afford to give anything, no matter how small, then please click here to donate to Shahrar’s case, Worthy of Respect in a Political Party.