Conference on Apostasy, Sharia Law and Human Rights


Conference on Apostasy, Sharia Law and Human Rights
10am, Saturday 11 December 2010
Conway Hall, London

To mark International Human Rights Day, a coalition of secular and humanist activist groups are co-sponsoring an all day conference on Apostasy, Sharia Law and Human Rights at Conway Hall. The conference will highlight urgent cases including Pakistani Asia Bibi who has received a death sentence for blasphemy, Palestinian Waleed Al-Husseini who has been arrested for criticising Islam and campaigners in Iran charged with ‘enmity against God’.

Panel discussions include International Apostasy and Religion, Ex-Muslims in Britain and Europe and Multiculturalism and Multifaithism versus Universal Human Rights. There will also be a play Masculine Laws by Ghazi Rabihavi and a comedy act by Nick Doody.

Confirmed speakers include:
John Adams, Emeritus Professor at the University of Hertfordshire
Mina Ahadi, Spokesperson of the International Committee against Stoning and Council of Ex-Muslims of Germany
Roy Brown, International Representative of International Humanist and Ethical Union
Goranka Gudelj, Outreach Coordinator of One Law for All
Rumy Hassan, Senior Lecturer at the Science Policy Research Unit of the University of Sussex and Author of Multiculturalism: Some Inconvenient Truths
Marieme Helie Lucas, Algerian Sociologist and Founder of Women Living Under Muslims Laws and Secularism is a Women’s Issue
Maryam Namazie, Spokesperson of One Law for All, Iran Solidarity and the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain
Hassan Radwan, Teacher at an Islamia school for 15 years and presently Management Committee Member of the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain
Gita Sahgal, Women’s Rights Campaigner; former head of Amnesty International’s Gender Unit
Hamed Abdol Samad, German-Egyptian Political Scientist and Author of Farewell to Heaven and The Collapse of the Islamic World
Terry Sanderson, President of the National Secular Society
Muriel Seltman, Campaigner of One Law for All
Alom Shaha, Science Teacher, Writer and Film Maker
Joan Smith, Writer, Columnist and Women’s Rights Campaigner
Bahram Soroush, Human Rights Campaigner
Peter Tatchell, Human Rights Campaigner
Anne Marie Waters, Spokesperson of One Law for All

Tickets are £10 for individuals; £25 for organisations and statutory bodies. To book a place at the conference, please complete the booking form found here.

The event will be dedicated to the Iran stoning case of Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani.

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