Genocide Memorial Day 2016: Birmingham



Please note that due to an administrative issue with our original venue, we have unfortunately had to move the venue for today’s event at short notice.

Please note GMD in Birmingham will now take place at the Norman Power Centre, 14 Skipton Road, Birmingham B16 8JJ.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. All other details remain the same. For any queries, please ring on 07877994015.


Genocide Memorial Day (GMD) is a day focused on remembering man’s inhumanity to man. It takes place on the third Sunday of January each year. This year’s theme for GMD is ‘Genocidal Weapons of Mass Destruction’.

For the GMD project, the act of remembrance is not limited by the background of either the victims 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. By highlighting the people and power structures who have perpetrated genocides or genocidal acts, we want to hold the perpetrators to account within the framework of GMD, as well as remember the victims of these genocides and genocidal acts. 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. The IHRC list of genocides is not exhaustive, and resources permitting we intend to continue to add to this list depending on where our research takes us. IHRC wishes with this project to aim towards a culture where the burden of responsibility of the verse, “whoever kills a soul (…) it is as if he had slain mankind entirely”(Quran 5:32) becomes a norm for all humanity to internalise rather than just an ideal for theoretical discussion.

WHEN: Saturday, 16 January 2016 from 3.30 – 7.30pm

WHERE: Edgbaston campus – University of Birmingham, Birmingham, B15 2TT GB  Norman Power Centre, 14 Skipton Road, Birmingham B16 8JJ.

The keynote speaker is former mayor of Hiroshima Dr Tadatoshi Akiba, with further speakers tbc.

Attendance at this event is free but registration is greatly appreciated, in order to facilitate appropriate seating and catering arrangements.