Arzu Merali

20 Years Since Gitmo

With 11 January 2022 marking 20 years since the opening of Guantanamo Bay Detention Camp (Gitmo), We have a few announcements to share with you related to prisoners. Author Evening with Moazzam Begg Moazzam Begg was invited to speak at IHRC’s Author Evening about his book, Enemy Combatant. in 2011.

EXTENDED DEADLINE: Annual Poetry Competition 2022

Ensure you don’t miss our annual Poetry Competition new deadline! The date for final submissions to the 2022 competition is 20th February 2022. The competition is open to anyone in the UK aged 11 to 18 at the time of entering. Winners will be announced

Watch our Genocide Memorial Day 2022 event

Did you miss it? You can now watch our Genocide Memorial Day 2022 event. Thank you so much for attending our successful Genocide Memorial Day event! Our sincere apologies, we had slight technical glitch on You can now watch the whole event on IHRC


Sayyida Suhaila Ibrahim on the Zaria Massacres

Watch Sayyida Suhaila Ibrahim one of the daughters of Sheikh El-Zakzaky recount the horrific events of December 2015 that left almost a thousand killed, three of whom were her brothers, and one of whom was her aunt. Part One Part Two

PODCAST SERIES: Truth & Reconciliation after the 8 December Killings

All four episodes now available. In this series of podcasts, activist and thinker Sandew Hira of the Decolonial International Network Foundation talks with Arzu Merali of his experiences of trying to set up a Truth & Reconciliation project in Suriname to deal with the legacy

Events with Dr Bilal Ware, Imam Dawud Walid and more

We have a few events lined up for you. Centering the Black Islamic Narrative IHRC and SOAS Isoc are hosting a much needed event tomorrow. Guest speakers are Dr Bilal Ware and Imam Dawud Walid, both hailing from the US, will discuss the African tradition, Blackness

Genocide Memorial Day 2022: How states sanitise genocide and genocidal acts

Watch the event below. WHEN: Sunday 16 January 2022, 1pm UK time WHERE: Online,, YouTube and Facebook THEME: How states sanitise genocide and genocidal acts SPEAKERS: TBC Wherever and whenever genocidal acts have been committed the perpetrators have made great efforts to conceal, justify

REMINDER: Annual Poetry Competition

Do not miss your chance to win a trip to Bosnia! Ensure you don’t miss our annual Poetry Competition deadline! Young people in the UK have until 19th December 2021 to submit their poems.  The competition is open to anyone in the UK aged 11