Agenda 2015


7 February 2015 Sharia Law, Apostasy and Secularism Day-Conference
Near London Kings Cross
9:30am registration for 10:30am start

The day-conference will follow the 11-12 October 2014 Conference on the Religious-Right, Secularism and Civil Rights and include discussions on Charlie Hebdo and freedom of expression, apostasy and blasphemy laws, Islamism and the religious-Right, Sharia in the Law, Educational System and Public Policy, as well as Secularism and Citizenship Rights. Speakers will discuss the successful campaigns against the Law Society and Universities UK and how the fight for equal rights and an end to discrimination against ex-Muslims and for free expression are integral to the urgent fight against Islamism and the religious-Right and for a secular society.

Speakers at the 7 February conference will include Activist Ahmed Idris, Campaigner for Secular Education Aliyah Saleem, Spokesperson of the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain Amal Farah, Activist Atoosa Khatiri, Secular Activist Chris Moos, Director of the Centre for Secular Space Gita Sahgal, Founder of the Council of Ex-Muslims of Morocco Imad Iddine Habib, Spokesperson of One Law for All Maryam Namazie, Spokesperson of the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain Nahla Mahmoud, Human Rights Campaigner Peter Tatchell, Southall Black Sisters Director Pragna Patel, Founder of Ex-Muslims of Scotland Ramin Forghani, Nari Diganta’s Rumana Hashem, National Secular Society President Terry Sanderson and Women’s Rights Campaigner Yasmin Rehman. See full biographies below.


9:30-10:30 Registration with Tea/Coffee

10:30-10:35 Welcome by MCs Ahmed Idris and Atoosa Khatiri

10:35-10:50 Opening Address by Pragna Patel: “The most dangerous and deadly illusion…is to underestimate fundamentalism” – (Salah Chouaki)

10:50-11:00 Tribute by Maryam Namazie to Charlie Hebdo and others: “The Right and Need to Criticise Islam”

11:00-13:00 Sharia Law in State, Law and Education Panel

Chair: Peter Tatchell

Panellists: Aliyah Saleem (“Faith schools in Britain: music is out, compulsory headscarves and CCTV cameras are in”), Chris Moos (“Lessons of Denial and Neglect: New Evidence on Gender Segregation in UK Universities”), Pragna Patel (“Accommodating Religious Codes in the Law: A Case of Moral Blindness”), Rumana Hashem (“Fighting Religion or Fighting Gendered Violence? A Muslim Girl and Sharia in a Secular State”), Yasmin Rehman (“Sometimes it’s hard to be a Muslim”)

13:00-13:05 Ouech Dek Yal Qadi, 20 Ans Barakat

13:05-14:30 Lunch (on your own)

14:30-14:50 Tea/Coffee with Cakes

14:50-15:00 Comedian Kate Smurthwaite

15:00-15:15 Gita Sahgal: “The Power of the Pen: Defending Comic Liberty”

15:15:-15:20 Mali’s Songhoy Blues will not be silenced

15:20-15:25 Julius Wiedemann: “Poster Competition against Hate”

15:25-15:30 Shahin Najafi’s Istadeh Mordan

15:30-17:15 Apostasy, Free Expression and Hate Speech Panel

Chair: Terry Sanderson

Panellists: Amal Farah (“Somali Attitudes to Apostasy”), Imad Iddine Habib (“Blasphemy and Apostasy in Morocco”), Magdulien Abaida (“”Murtad under Islamic Sharia”), Nahla Mahmoud (“The Rise of Islamic Hate Speech and Apostasy Culture in the UK”), Ramin Forghani (“Defending Secularism and its importance for Apostates”)

17:15-17:25 Closing by Maryam Namazie: “Fighting on Multiple Fronts”

1725:-17:30 End

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