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Join Sandew Hira in Birmingham 28-29 September for Decolonising the Mind, more information below.

Updates on what has been happening in the past week and upcoming events.

Contents

1. Intro
2. Press Release
3. Event
4. Event Report
5. Alerts
6. Upcoming Events
7. Campaigns
8. IHRC in Media
9. Shop

1. Intro

Following the success of last year’s course, IHRC is delighted to be holding more Decolonising the Mind courses led by Sandew Hira from the International Institute for Scientific Research in the Netherlands. Join Sandew Hira this Saturday and Sunday in Birmingham 28 and 29 September 2013 9am-5pm. The London course had to be rescheduled due to unforeseen cirucmtances we apologise for any inconvenience caused, you now have the option of choosing either the 19th or 20th October 2013 9am-5pm book your tickets now, more information below. 

Please remember us in your duas, and consider giving us a donation by any of the methods below.  We rely on your contribution to enable us to support victims of hatred and violence.

The IHRC newsletter is here, and below you can find details on how to download it and distribute it. Other facets of IHRC’s work have been reported on including our hate crime monitoring activities and research in the UK and USA.

If you would like to donate you can:

Visit us on-line and donate here

Or call the IHRC office on +44 20 8904 4222 between 9am – 5pm UK time, Monday to Friday and 10am – 6pm on Saturdays

Or download a copy of our latest newsletter and fill in one of the donation forms and return to us.

Don’t forget you can follow us on Facebook, Twitter @ihrc or on Youtube.

2. Press Release

Press Release: Muslims are still the main victims of racism in the UK

Muslims are still being treated inequally regardless of their status as British citizens. A report published by the Runnymede Trust today confirms what IHRC has been saying for the last decade; Muslims are increasingly the main victims of racism.  Over a decade of overt Islamophobia since the so-called war on terror, little has been done to assure Muslims of their status as British citizens or as equals. 

3. Event

COURSE: Critical Muslim Studies: Decolonial Struggles, Theology of Liberation and Islamic Revival

Faculty includes Tariq Ramadan, Ramon Grosfoguel-Salman Sayyid, Houria Bouteldja and IHRC's Arzu Merali. The Center for the Study of Intercultural Dialogues (Granada, Spain) http://www.dialogoglobal.com/granada is now accepting applications for the 2014 two-week summer institute, Critical Muslim Studies: Decolonial Struggles, Theology of Liberation and Islamic Revival.

4. Event Report

Visionary Awakening - Artist's Reception for Nasreen Jamal al-Lail

Visionary Awakening - Exhibition  @ihrc 19 September 2013 until 18 February 2014. Young mixed media artist Nasreen Shaikh Jamal al-Lail's solo exhibition Visionary Awakening launched on 18 September 2013 at the IHRC Gallery spaces in London.

The Artist's Reception was attended by a wide spectrum of people, from journalists and other artists to community leaders and members and academics.  Jamal al-Lail's work on exhibition included her series Beyond the Veil that was a timely look at the objectification of Muslim women and challenged the narrative of the covering of both hair and face, using Kantian ethics.

5. Alerts

27th Sept UK/London : Global Solidarity with the Hares Boys

Over the next 10 days we will, inshAllah, see co-ordinated joint protests and events across many countries around the world all in solidarity with the Hares Boys - five Palestinian children tortured and caged in a G4S secured Israeli prison facing life sentence for a crime that never happened! Activists in Argentina, Canada, Chile, France, UK and Uruguay will unite and be the voice of the 5 Palestinian children who have already been languishing in an Israeli dungeon for over 6 moths without a trial. London protest: 

Date: Fri 27th September 5pm-7pm
Location: G4S HQ, Southside Building, 105 Victoria Street, London SW1E 6QT

Decolonising the Mind - Training Course in Birmingham

Birmingham - Saturday and Sunday 28th and 29th September 9am-5pm. Book your ticket now. Join us for this groundbreaking course.  This course will not be recorded or broadcast to encourage a free flow of ideas and expression. Following the success of last year’s course, IHRC is delighted to be holding more Decolonising the Mind courses led by Sandew Hira from the International Institute for Scientific Research in the Netherlands. Hira is a leading critic of the new colonial discourse and the legacy of colonialism.

#visionaryawakening Exhibition @ihrc

#visionaryawakening Exhibition @ihrc from 19 September 2013 to 18 February 2014 drop by if you are in the area. IHRC is delighted to host visionary photographer and artist Nasreen Shaikh Jamal al-Lail’s work at its gallery in Wembley, northwest London.

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6. Upcoming Events

Decolonising the Mind - Training Course 

Join IHRC and Sandew Hira in London or Birmingham this September. Following the success of last year’s course, IHRC is delighted to be holding more Decolonising the Mind courses led by Sandew Hira from the International Institute for Scientific Research in the Netherlands. 

London (One Day Course) 22 September (Sunday) 2013

The cost of the course is £23 (full rate) and £18 (concessions). Buy your ticket by clicking here or calling us on 020 8904 4222.

The concessionary rate is available to OAP's, Students, the unwaged and regular IHRC supporters.

Birmingham (Two Day Course) 28 and 29 September 2013

The cost for the two day course is £40 (full rate) and £25 (concessions). Buy your ticket by clicking here or calling us on 020 8904 4222.

The concessionary rate is available to OAP's, Students, the unwaged and regular IHRC supporters.

7. Campaigns

Aafia Siddiqui Campaign

Don't forget this notorious case of US injustice

Dr. Aafia Siddiqui languishes in a US jail after a harrowing ordeal of kidnapping in Pakistan, detention in the notorious Bagram airbase, a prolonged period where no-one knows where she was followed by a sham trial and sentencing, over a period of almost a decade.  More information on her case can be found on the Justice for Aafia page.

Lynne Stewart Campaign

Find out more about Lynne and join the campaign for her release. 

IHRC is urging campaigners to contact the prison where Lynne Stewart is held, and to Lynne herself to show support to this tireless campaigner for justice.

Lynne Stewart was the lawyer for Sheikh Omer Abderrahmane, and was convicted of aiding terrorism by sending messages to Abderrahmane's supporters.  She is in her 70s and has terminal cancer.  Her campaign, Justice for Lynne Stewart is calling for her immediate compassionate release and IHRC urges campaigners to join the campaign.  An action alert with model letters can be found below, as well as links to more information on her case, and the case of Sheikh Omer Abderrahmane.

Eid Packs for Prisoners

Send a pack to a prisoner this Eid

Following the successful distribution of Eid packs to 600 prisoners for the last two years (see below), IHRC is organising to send more packs for Eid ul Adha 2013.  If you would like to donate please call us on +44 20 8904 4222 or email advocacy[AT]ihrc.org or donate on-line here.

You can pay for 10 packs at £50, 20 packs at £100 or 100 packs at £500.  If you want to donate a different amount please call us.

Know Your Rights: Schedule 7 Resources

A compilation of resources and links from IHRC in relation to the Schedule 7 and know your rights.

8. IHRC in media

Beyond the veil

Amidst the UK's hot "niqab" debate, Nasreen Jamal al-Lail’s photos prove unapologetic and ironically relevant. Even during her teenage "goth phase"—underscored by lots of thick black eyeliner, of course—23-year old photographer Nasreen Shaikh Jamal al-Lail chose to sport a veil. She's long been proud to coordinate it with her daily outfit; an extension of self-expression, as well as religious and cultural identity. Frustrated with the art world’s focus on why Muslim women don’t want to wear the veil, this Saudi-Brit’s first solo exhibition—and in particular, her Beyond the Veil series—exposes the other side of the coin. However, uneasy with group tags, Jamal al-Lail is quick to point out, ”I always personalize my artwork to my own experience, because I also don’t want to be the voice of the veiled women.”

9. Shop

With the UN General Assembly meeting this last week grabbing the headlines here is some reading to help put the operation of the international community in context.

Questioning Globalization by Kavaljit Singh

In this book Singh succinctly unpacks the ida that neo-liberal globalisation promotes development, democracy and human rights.  Showing how the developing world is stuck in endless economic crises, and how international agreements and organisations simply reproduce systemic inequality for most of the peoples of the world.

Anyone buying a copy of this will also get Understanding International Organisations FREE.

Also IHRC's groundbreaking book on Hatred in the USA, 'Once Upon a Hatred' is on offer this week for 20% off at #8. Make the most of this offer it ends on Sunday.

Handbook for Hajj and Umrah

A practical and helpful guide that covers a complex subject in a straight forward and comprehensive manner. The author’s insights and observations, coupled with selected charts, maps and diagrams, help to prepare you for both your stay in Saudi Arabia and sacred Pilgrimage itself.

Check out our online shop for many more books 

Twitter @ihrcbookshop

Don't be a Silent Victim

silent-victimHave you been verbally abused, harassed, discriminated against or even violently attacked because you are Muslim? Have you been mistreated by the police or security services or a victim of anti-terror laws? Click here to report your incident to us in confidence and, if you wish, anonymously.