My name is Ruhul Tarafder and I am the National Campaigns Co-ordinator for the 1990 Trust, a black led human rights charity. My work primarily comprises of working around issues of anti-racism and human rights. Over recent years this focus has increasingly moved towards Muslim communities. The 1990 Trust also runs projects aimed at young people particularly on engagement and participation. One project involved young people from South London who used music as a means to facilitate economic empowerment, developing capacity and gaining knowledge of the music industry. The Trust also runs workshops and training with young people around issues such as stop and search, using human rights , as well as the responsibilities of becoming a global citizen. 1990 recently conducted a survey looking at the reasons for 'radicalisation' amongst Muslims in the UK.
Prior to this I have worked and been on the management committee for Youth Action Scheme, a primarily, Bangladeshi Muslim youth project based in Tower Hamlets. One of the highlights of this was to take several football teams over to Denmark each year to participate in the Dana Cup, the second largest youth football tournament in the world.
Currently I am involved in a joint project between the 1990 Trust and the Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Trust based at the peace centre in Warrington. The aim is to bring children from a school in Leeds who are in conflict with one another to spend some time at the peace centre to try and resolve issues of tension. Problems have arisen at the school after two schools from different backgrounds have been merged into one. I have also participated in conflict resolution and mediation work between gangs in London.