Updates on what has been happening in the past week and upcoming events.
2. Press Releases
4. Upcoming Events
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IHRC is is holding the Decolonising the Mind course led by Sandew Hira from the International Institute for Scientific Research in the Netherlands. For the London course you have the option of choosing either the 19th or 20th October 2013 9am-5pm book your tickets now, more information below.
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2. Press Releases
The Islamic Human Rights Commission (IHRC) is urging the government to repeal Schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act when MPs debate making changes to it on Monday 14 October.
The controversial power was thrust into the spotlight last August when it was used to detain David Miranda, the Brazilian partner of a Guardian journalist, as he transited London’s Heathrow Airport on his way home to Rio de Janeiro. Mr Miranda was interrogated by six officers and his laptop, mobile phone, video game, and memory cards confiscated under the legislation.
The death yesterday of Israeli Rabbi Ovadia Yosef triggered a round of tributes from the diplomatic community and the Palestinian leadership.
Reacting to news of his demise, Matthew Gould, the British Ambassador to Israel, said: “I was honoured to witness first-hand his love for mankind and his wish for peace.”
Please write to the Foreign Secretary of your country and urge him to actively campaign for the release of the Holy Land 5 detainees, who were unjustly sentenced from 15 to 65 years in prison for a crime they have never committed. Please also write to the Holy Land 5 detainees and offer words of encouragement and support and to your minister for foreign affairs demanding their release.
#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.
From just a few copies to a few thousand, help get IHRC’s message heard
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
London (One Day Course) – Saturday 19th October or Sunday 20th September 2013 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.
The concessionary rate is available to OAP’s, Students, the unwaged and regular IHRC supporters.
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
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/ ).
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.
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.
A compilation of resources and links from IHRC in relation to the Schedule 7 and know your rights.
Schedule 7 to the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Bill 2013 makes a number of changes to Schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act 2000 (‘the act’). In this submission we argue for one change above all others: repeal.
The bill has passed the Committee stage and is scheduled for the Report Stage on Monday 14 October 2013. Therefore an amendment to repeal must be tabled by this Friday 11 October.
Peaceful Vigil Marks a Year since Extradition of Talha Ahsan
Free speech and expression is the foundation of a free and democratic society, but they have been the first victim in the post 9/11 period. Immediately after 9/11, Arabs, and Muslims were required to condemn over and over the terrorist attacks as if they had anything themselves to do with it. Furthermore, being immigrants’ communities they were forced into a mode of assimilation motivated by self-protection due to verbal and physical attacks; rather than a normative process of adjustment influenced by time in the country, jobs, education, marriage, family and economic conditions. For Arabs, and Muslims the ability to speak freely in the context of the American society has been greatly limited and their freedom of expression is only theory. Can an Arab, Muslim or Asian speak freely about US war on terrorism, the war on Afghanistan and the massive arrests of people in this country?
It is certainly sobering to be celebrating the start of my 74 year mired down in this prison. It is even more so when there is my life line that must be considered. Nonetheless, I remain my ebullient self and face my fight and my future with optimism. Part of the reason for this is the wonderful mail I receive daily from people all over the U.S. and the world. From Tasmania to Tel Aviv (!?) people write and tell me of the role I play and have played in their lives. It is overwhelming sometimes.
October 5 marked the first anniversary of the extradition of the British Muslim duo Talha Ahsan and Babar Ahmad to the United States to face charges relating to their alleged support of “terrorists” in Afghanistan and Chechnya.
The pair are accused of running the Azzam.com website, which carried news and reports from the battlefields of Bosnia, Chechnya and later Afghanistan, as a fundraising and recruiting vehicle for extremists. Both men have pleaded not guilty in the US to the charges against them.
Bahrainis subjected to torture in prisons
In one of the most outrageous acts of revenge a victims of police brutality has been detained for 60 days. Haidar Al Shughul is the victim in a short video clippe commonly known as “The video of the slap”. In the clip Mr Al Shughul, his child in his arms, approaches a policeman in uniform to ask for information. The police immediately slaps him for no reason whatsoever. When the victim was slapped again, the child started to cry and the man walked away, having been humiliated and abused. As usual, the Alkhalifa interior ministry said it would “investigate” the incident. Instead of arresting the policeman, the victim was arrested and taken to the torture dungeons.
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An activity book for bereaved Muslim Siblings
This book helps children make sense of their experience following the death of a sibling, and offers a way of honouring their memory and celebrating their life. It helps the child to understand more about their thoughts and feelings by answering some of the questions they may have, and affords a springboard for discussion and discovery which will aid parents in understanding aspects of their child’s world, their behaviour and needs.
As children work through the book they will learn about themselves, about life and the Islamic perspective of death. In turn, this will insha-Allah, help
Mansa Musa was the king of Mali. Located in western Africa, Mali became one of the largest empires during the time of Musa’s rule. Musa helped his empire grow in size and culture by encouraging the arts, literature, and architecture.
This is a beautifully written and vividly illustrated story about the traveller Nurallah and his encounter with an Eid Jinn who wouldn’t let anyone celebrate Eid. Find out how Nurallah gets the better of the jonn and how the words of Allah are truly powerful. Recommended for ages 7 and over.
This collection of letters and essays captures the spirit of George Jackson, he presents his analysis of armed struggle, class war, fascism, communism and a wide array of topics. A must have for Black Panther enthusiasts.
In this founding work in the literature of black protest, Du Bois eloquently affirms that it is beneath the dignity of a human being to beg for those rights that belong inherently to all mankind.
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