To mark International Human Rights Day, the International Humanist and Ethical Union is co-sponsoring an all day conference on “Apostasy, Sharia Law and Human Rights” at Conway Hall Humanist Centre, 25 Red Lion Square, London, UK. 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’, and demand their unconditional and immediate release.
Conference registration begins at 10.00am for 11.00am start and ends at 19.00 hours, after which there will be a social gathering at a local pub.
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 are:
- 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 suspended for questioning AI’s relations with an Islamist organization
- Hamed Abdol Samad — German-Egyptian Political Scientist and Author of Farwell 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.
To book a place at the conference, please complete the booking form found here: http://www.onelawforall.org.uk/10-december-2010-conference-on-apostasy-sharia-law-and-human-rights-london/.
Tickets are £10 for individuals; £25 for organizations and statutory bodies. The conference is free for members of the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain and asylum seekers. Donations are welcome.
The conference is sponsored by Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain, International Humanist and Ethical Union, Iran Solidarity, National Secular Society, One Law for All and South Place Ethical Society.
The event will be dedicated to the Iran stoning case of Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani.