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


Contents

1. Intro
2. Press Releases
3. Alerts
4. Upcoming Events
5. Campaigns
6. Blog
7. Comment 
8. IHRC in media
9. Briefing
10. Shop 

1. Intro

We are hosting and organising several upcoming events next year such as 2014 Genocide Memorial Day, Islamophobia Awards,  Summer School on Black Europe Program 2014 as well as Assata-Tupac Liberation School and SOAS2. Keep checking back on our website for further updates and news on these events.

Very interesting blog on the misappropriation of the Great War is something we should all resist, argues Arzu Merali, particularly the trend to equate remembrance day with Islamic history. 

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.

We cannot do any of this without your support.  Please consider donating even a small regular amount to us on a monthly basis by downloading our newsletter and filling in and returning a standing order form by visiting us on-line and donate here

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

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2. Press Releases

Press release: IHRC condemns South Tooting mosque disturbances

Idara-e-Jaaferiya forced to close for foreseeable future. The Islamic Human Rights Commission condemns the violence which marred Ashura commemorations on the night of Thursday 14 November at the Idara-e-Jaaferiya in south London, forcing its closure for the foreseeable future.

Press Release: UK - IHRC anti-terrorism / Schedule 7 Apple & Android apps now available

'IHRC Know Your Rights' app launched, download it now! IHRC has launched apps for Apple and Android phones to inform people of their rights in respect of the controversial Sections 7 and 8 of the Terrorism Act.

"IHRC Know Your Rights", which can be downloaded free, is intended to serve as a comprehensive guide to users as to their rights under the legislation. IHRC believes the app could prove to be an invaluable tool for those who find themselves becoming victims of the draconian law.

3. Alerts

#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.

Help IHRC – Become a Newsletter Distributor

From just a few copies to a few thousand, help get IHRC’s message heard

Free Advice Surgeries - London, UK

Islamic Human Rights Commission offers free weekly Information and Advice surgeries every Wednesday. Our professional caseworkers can provide people with information and advice on a whole range of issues.

Our service is confidential, independent and free.

4. Upcoming Events

University of Southampton Ashura awareness campaign

Ahlulbayt Society which plans to hold an Ashura awareness campaign. At Nuffield Theater lecture room A, Programme will be from 6-8pm on Sunday the 24th of November. With th audience compromising of both Shia, Sunni and non Muslims. The lecture topic we would like to have is on Imam Hussein and Justice/Human Rights which will be followed by a Q&A session.

Decolonizing Postcolonial Studies and the Paradigms of Political-Economy

Evening with Ramon Grosfoguel on the current academic paradigms from a decolonial perspective. Ramón Grosfoguel: Decolonizing Postcolonial Studies and the Paradigms of Political-Economy. Tuesday 10 December 2013, 6.45pm - 8.45pm (GMT) at the IHRC Bookshop & Gallery

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. Moreover, as a strong commitment to a vision of Critical Muslim Studies there are two symposiums organized inside the summer school every year: one on Islamic Feminism led by Asma Lamrabet (Directrice du Centre des Etudes Féminines en Islam au sein de la Rabita Mohammadia des ulémas du Maroc:http://www.annisae.ma/ ) and the other on Radical Muslim Reform led by Tariq Ramadan (Director of The Research Center for Islamic Legislation and Ethics (CILE) in Qatar: http://cilecenter.org/ ). 

Intifada Street: Revolutionary Arts

Coming to IHRC in 2014. Artist Mohammad Hamza joins us at the IHRC Gallery in Wembley, North West London in March 2014 to showcase his revolutionary arts. Watch this space for more information in the coming weeks.

As well as; Genocide Memorial Day, Sunday 19 January in London and other European cities and Islamophobia Awards, 14 February 2014

Summer School on Black Europe Program 2014

Now accepting applications!

June 23 - July 4, 2014 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Now in its 7th year, the overall goal of this intensive two week course is to examine the contemporary circumstances of the African Diaspora in Europe. We will focus on the historical and colonial legacies of European countries to discuss the origins of Black Europe and investigate the impact of these legacies on policies and legislation today. 

5. Campaigns

Free Talha Ahsan

Talha Ahsan is a British-born poet with Asperger syndrome extradited to the US in 2012. October 5, was the day Talha was put into a black van from HMP Long Lartin and extradited to a US Supermax prison, now spending a year in pre-trial isolation in solitary confinement. Theresa May boasted "wasn't it great to say Goodbye to Abu Humza & those 4 others" conflating cases as a cheap trick. 

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.

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.

Free Mumia Abu-Jamal Campaign

Find out more about Mumia Abu-Jamal and join the campaign for his release.

Know Your Rights: Schedule 7 Resources

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

6. Blog

Ashura and the Misappropriated Poppy

The misappropriation of the Great War is something we should all resist, argues Arzu Merali, particularly the trend to equate remembrance day with Islamic history.

Ghosts of the Republic: Turkey in the Post-Ergekenon era

Arzu Merali reflects on 90 years of the Turkish Republic

The inscription on the bust of Ataturk, outside the Bodrum military complex regards he was born in 1881, but his death date is regarded in stone thus ‘…’  Kemal Pasha lives on.  His face, on banners and flags, looks off into the distance in an infinite, eternal multiplicity wherever we look.  It is 15 years and once again we are in Turkey on Republic Day, 29 October.  Then and now the timing was accidental, coincidental in fact with UK half-term holidays.  There are plenty differences in the Republic today but also ghosts, the most dominant of which is that of the founder himself, or perhaps what it is he is perceived to stand for.

Marine A deserves life, not clemency

Shows of sympathy for a British Marine who murdered an Afghan insurgent highlight the savage nature of the War on Terror as well as a morally dangerous jingoism, according to Faisal Bodi

7. Comment

Ashura and the Misappropriated Poppy

The misappropriation of the Great War is something we should all resist, argues Arzu Merali, particularly the trend to equate remembrance day with Islamic history.

Marine A deserves life, not clemency

Shows of sympathy for a British Marine who murdered an Afghan insurgent highlight the savage nature of the War on Terror as well as a morally dangerous jingoism, according to Faisal Bodi

8. IHRC in media

The debate over the veil resumes in U.K.

Question of whether Muslim women being imposed of wearing the burkha in the UK, has re-emerged.

The contentious question of whether wearing the burkha is a right or an imposition on Muslim women has re-emerged in public debate in the U.K. following a college revoking, under pressure, a ban it had imposed on its students, staff and visitors wearing anything that covers the face, including veils, hoodies, caps and hats when in college.

9. Briefing

Remembrance Day and Poppies

Resources regarding Remembrance Day and Poppy Wearing

A roundup of articles and media.

10. Shop

Encountering Islam - Takes the reader on a journey from the halls of academia to the images of popular culture, from the events of the distant past to the headlines of the day. 

The Idols Will Fall/ Bahmanpour - This is the story of the Sleepers of the Cave. The Idols Will Fall is a unique presentation of the miraculous story of the young men referred to both in Christian historical literature and in the Qur’an. 

Check out our online shop for books and what we currently have in stock. 

Twitter @ihrcbookshop

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