Peace in Kurdistan Campaign organises events and meetings as part of its political and solidarity work. You can find information on our events here, as well as related events held by other organisations from London and across the country.
Wednesday 26 February, 4.30-7pm
British Tamil Forum Demonstration
A demo outside Downing Street to call on the Prime Minister to push for an International Independent Investigation into war crimes, crimes against humanity and the crime of genocide against Tamils in Sri Lanka. Please join in solidarity with Tamils around the world and to find justice for our people.
Venue: Opposite Downing Street, London.
Wednesday 26 February, 6.30pm to 8.30pm
Narendra Modi & the rise of “Hindu Fascism”
The “Parliamentary Briefing & Forum” will discuss the politics of Narendra Modi. Modi is the current Chief Minister of Gujarat and is the Prime Ministerial candidate for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led National Democratic Alliance coalition for the upcoming 2014 national elections in India. He is also a member of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak, supremacist and fascist by scholars, journalists and human rights commentators. The meeting will examine his role as the Head of the State Government during the Gujarat 2002 communal violence and pillage against the Muslim minority population that led to over 1500 deaths, hundreds of rapes against women and displacement of over 200,000 of people from their homes. The meeting will bring together a rich mix of eminent speakers, including MPs, families of victims, academics, human rights lawyers & activists and community leaders.
Venue: Committee Room 10, House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA. Please note that is an invited only meeting. To confirm your attendance and seat/s, please email office@tmg-uk. or ring 0207 4302869.
Thursday 27 February 2014, 6.30pm
Campaign Opposing Police Surveillance Launch Meeting
We invite you to the launch meeting of the Campaign Opposing Police Surveillance (COPS) Speakers: Baroness Doreen Lawrence; Imran Khan, solicitor to the Lawrence family; Lois Austin, Youth Against Racism in Europe and Socialist Party; Harriet Wistrich, solicitor to eight women bringing legal action against the Metropolitan Police Service; Dave Smith, Blacklist Support Group; Robbie Gillett, Drax protester
Venue: Diskus Conference Centre, Unite House, 128 Theobald’s Road, Holborn, London, WC1X 8TN. Free admission. Places are limited, so please book by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday 28 February – 2 March
RADICAL THINKING FROM THE WOMEN’S PERSPECTIVE – JINEOLOGY
This conference will share and discuss alternative concepts of women’s sciences, which can contribute to the establishment of a free, democratic and ecological society. An alternative understanding of science is not only a theoretical approach but also linked to the struggle for liberation and social transformation. It means to rebuild our societies from the women’s perspective. One of these approaches has been described by the Kurdish women’s movement as “Jineolojî” (Kurdish terminology for Women’s Science). Cenî – Kurdish Women’s Office for Peace (Germany), Women’s Meeting and Education Centre UTAMARA (Germany), International Free Women’s Foundation (Netherlands), Women’s Research Foundation for the Middle East (Netherlands), the union of female students from Kurdistan YXK Jin and others have thus come together to organize this conference and formed a preparation committee to realize it.
Venue: University of Cologne, Germany
Friday 7 March, 10am
Save Legal Aid demo
The Justice Alliance continues its campaign against legal aid cuts with a morning demonstration outside Parliament. All welcome! Speakers include Paddy Hill (Birmingham 6); Shami Chakrabarkti (Liberty) and Ian Lawrence (NAPO).
Venue: Old Palace Yard, Westminster, London SW1
Saturday 8 March, 10am-2pm
International Womens Day 2014: Tamil Women’s Development Forum
To commemorate International Women’s Day, TWDF is holding this Conference as a show of strength and solidarity for women survivors of war in Sri Lanka. There will be sessions during the day for discussion on a variety of topics, and will be a platform for human rights and humanitarian activists and other participants to discuss the current situation, challenges and advancements relating to the situation of women in particular those who live in the northeast Tamil homeland and upcountry in Sri Lanka. The event will focus on how to change the status of women.
Venue: Canons High School, Shaldon Rd, Edgware, Middlesex HA8 6AN. You attend you must confirm your attendance with Shanthi Ramesh, TWDF coordinator: email@example.com
Wednesday 12 March, 6.45pm
International Women’s Day 2014: Universal Federation for Peace UK
We are very happy to invite you to the annual commemoration of International Women’s Day 2014. Each year International Women’s Day is celebrated on March 8. Annually Universal Peace Federation participates by holding an event to focus upon the inclusion and equality of women in our modern world. Violence against women, domestic abuse, trafficking, as well as women’s political and economic participation are issues that have featured in a series of UPF meetings. Hosted by Baroness Verma.
Venue: Committee Room 3, House of Lords, Westminster, SW1A 0AA. RSVP essential: firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday 12 March, 5pm
The Muslims Are Coming! Arun Kundani introduces his new book
Join Arun Kundnani as he presents his groundbreaking new critique of the War on Terror and resulting discriminatory surveillance. The Edward Snowden revelations have highlighted the extent to which national security agencies carry out global surveillance. But the resulting public debate has ignored the actual impacts of such surveillance on “suspect communities” targeted within the US and the UK—especially young Muslims—and the resulting restrictions on dissent. In this talk, New York-based scholar Arun Kundnani introduces his new book The Muslims are Coming! Islamophobia, Extremism, and the Domestic War on, publishing in March. Based on several years of research and reportage from Texas and New York to Yorkshire, it is the first comprehensive critique of counter-radicalization strategies.
Venue: Goldsmiths, University of London, NAB 302 (new academic building), Goldmiths, University of London, Lewisham Way, London SE14 6NW. Free and no need to register. More details here: http://www.versobooks.com/events/825-the-muslims-are-coming-book-launch-and-discussion
Wednesday 12 – Tuesday 18 March
LGC speaking tour with Omar Khadr’s lawyer Dennis Edney QC
Dennis Edney QC is the Scottish-Canadian lawyer of Omar Khadr, the former Guantánamo prisoner who was arrested aged 15 in Afghanistan, tortured at Bagram, and held in Guantánamo where he is the only person since WWII to be convicted as an adult for war crimes committed as a minor under a secret plea bargain. Omar returned to Canada in September 2012 where he remains in prison and has recently launched an appeal against his US conviction; he also has several cases ongoing in Canada.
First event: Wednesday 12 March, 6.30-8.30pm
Omar Khadr and the Betrayal of International Law: a public meeting chaired by Professor Bill Bowring. Jointly organised by CAMPACC, the Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers and the London Guantánamo Campaign www.campacc.org.uk
Venue: Garden Court Chambers, 57-60 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London WC2A
View all details of the speaking tour here: http://londonguantanamocampaign.blogspot.co.uk/2014/02/12-18-march-2014-lgc-speaking-tour-with.html