Today is Genocide Memorial Day
Date: Sunday 20 January 2013
Time: 2.30pm – 7.30pm
Venue: Cruciform Building, University College London, Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT
Nearest train / tube:
- Euston Square (Metropolitan, Circle, Hammersmith and City Line)
- Euston (Northern Line, Victoria Line, London Overground)
- Warren Street (Northern, Victoria Line)
- Goodge Street (Northern Line)
- Mohammad Bahmanpour
- Les Levidow
- Esther Stanford-Xosei
- Mark Gonzales
Genocide Memorial Day (GMD) is a day focusing on remembering man’s inhumanity to man. This remembrance is not limited by the background of either the victims of the genocides, or the perpetrators of any of the genocides. The philosophy of this project by the Islamic Human Rights Commission (IHRC) rejects the notion that there is a hierarchy of victim depending on their background. We want to hold people accountable in the framework of GMD by highlighting those people and power structures who have perpetrated genocides or genocidal acts and we want to remember the victims of these genocides and genocidal acts who have lost their lives. While the idea of this commemoration is firmly rooted in Islamic ideology, this commemoration is an inclusive event which encourages people of all faiths or none from all parts of the world to take part. This is an event that has the potential to make a fundamental difference to the attitudes of society towards recognising the oppressed and the oppressor.
This year our theme is cultural genocide and we will be covering a number of atrocities including the heart rending plight of the people of the Americas, Palestine, the suffering of the transatlantic slave trade, Romas in Bulgaria and accounts from the victims of the Nazi Holocaust.
The event consists of a variety of short presentations on the world's many victims with world renowned speakers.
Hristo Kyuchukov will be talking about the cultural genocide inflicted upon the Romani people in Bulgaria.
Les Levidow’s talk entitled "Zionist racism: cultural genocide of the Palestinians and collusion with anti-Semitism" will uniquely combine Israel’s cultural genocide of the Palestinians with the Zionist attack on Jewish culture, as dual aspects of the same racist project
Esther Stanford-Xosei will speak about the cultural genocide inflicted upon the Africans during the Transatlantic Slave Trade.
Mark Gonzales’ talk and performance entitled ‘Tears, Love & Sovereignty’ will examine the reality and resiliency of the indigenous American population.
IHRC are requesting you to ask your schools, religious centres and local communities to get involved in creating a movement to stop genocides by taking part in Genocide Memorial Day. Log on to www.genocidememorialday.org for further information or email firstname.lastname@example.org you have any enquiries.
You can support GMD by doing the following:
1. Distribute flyers (available from IHRC) in your local community, religious centre and schools, please e-mail email@example.com for IHRC to post you leaflets.
2. Arrange for your school (or old school) to teach about GMD by using the lesson plans available on the following link: (Click)
3. Arrange coaches from your locality to come to GMD.
4. Make announcements in your community, school assemblies, and religious centre for GMD, and encourage your religious leaders to speak about it in the Friday sermon or Sunday service etc.
5. Change your profile picture to the GMD poster and tweet about the conference.
6. Promote the video advertisement in your school and community.
7. To help out and volunteer on the day, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
8. Forward this email to all your friends, family and local community.
Entry is free and a family room will be available. To book a place please call 020 8904 4222 or email email@example.com
Please help IHRC by visiting http://shop.ihrc.org and making a donation or buying an item from our on-line store.