11-12 October 2014, Conference: Religious-Right, Secularism and Civil Rights, London

11-12 October 2014, Conference: Religious-Right, Secularism and Civil Rights, London

Conference Leaflet for Distribution Available Here.

Conference Website Here.

Religious-Right, Secularism and Civil Rights
The Tower Hotel, London, UK
11 -12 October 2014

A two –day international conference on the Religious-Right, Secularism and Civil Rights will be held during 11-12 October 2014 at the Tower Hotel in London. Notable secularists from around the world will be joining us for a weekend of discussions and debates on the Religious Right, its attacks on civil rights and freedoms, and the role of secularism for 21st century humanity.

The conference aims are to:

Address the challenges faced by rights activists and secularists
Elaborate on the links between equality, democratic politics and secularism
Promote secular and rights-based alternatives to the religious-Right
Establish priorities for regional and international collective action
Develop and sustain local, national and international collaborative partnerships
Influence policy and practice locally, nationally, and internationally

The Conference will be based on interactive participation, dialogue, and regional and thematic forums. Regional forums will include Europe and North America; South Asia, the Middle East and North Africa. Thematic discussions will cover the Arab uprisings; ‘Sharia’ and religious laws; the burqa and conspicuous religious symbols; freedom of expression, apostasy, blasphemy and free thought; ‘Islamophobia’ and racism; minorities versus citizenship; the far-Right; honour crimes; faith schools and religious education; reproductive rights and secular values.

An International Secular Manifesto and the establishment of a united front of secularists to meet future challenges will be the final outcome of the Conference.

All conference contributions, including from secularists unable to attend the conference will be published in a book.

Confirmed speakers and acts include British Philosopher A C Grayling; Amel Grami, Professor at Tunisia’s University of Manouba; Political Activist Bahram Soroush; Writer and Journalist Caroline Fourest; LSE Director of the Centre for the Study of Human Rights Chetan Bhatt; Activist and Academic Elham Manea; Women Living Under Muslim Laws International Director Fatou Sow; Centre for Secular Space Director Gita Sahgal; Kurdish Women’s Rights Campaigner Houzan Mahmoud; Afghan Rights Activist Horia Mosadiq; Imad Habib Iddine, Founder of Council of Ex-Muslims of Morocco; FEMEN spokesperson Inna Schevchenko; Moroccan Blogger Kacem El Ghazzali; Writer Karima Bennoune; Comedian Kate Smurthwaite; Writer Kenan Malik; LCP Dance Theatre; Filmmaker Lila Ghobady; Lino Veljak, professor of philosophy at the University of Zagreb; Secularism is a Woman’s Issue Founder Marieme Helie Lucas; One Law for All and Fitnah Spokesperson Maryam Namazie; head of International Committee against Execution and Stoning Mina Ahadi; Film-maker Nadia El Fani; Spokesperson for Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain Nahla Mahmoud; Polish Secularist Nina Sankari; Pragna Patel, Director of Southall Black Sisters; Singer/Songwriter Shelley Segal; Author Siba Shakib; Stasa Zajovic, co-founder and coordinator of Women in Black, Belgrade; Sue Cox of Survivors Voice – Europe; Taj Hargey, chair of Muslim Educational Centre of Oxford; Founder of Muslim Canadian Congress Tarek Fatah; Bangladeshi Writer Taslima Nasrin; and Palestinian blogger and Council of ex-Muslims of France founder Waleed Husseini.

On the night of 11 October 2014, participants can enjoy a delicious three-course meal in the company of our celebrity speakers preceded by a full evening entertainment package. The conference will be held at the Tower Hotel with spectacular views of the River Thames and the Tower of London http://www.guoman.com/hotels/united_kingdom/london/the_tower/index.html.

Admission to the two-day conference, including lunches, a cocktail reception and a Saturday evening dinner and entertainment is as follows:
Special Early Bird Price: unwaged £150, waged £160, organisations £170
Price after 1 May 2014: unwaged £155, waged £170, organisations £180

Separate tickets can be purchased for the following:
Saturday or Saturday day-delegate rate (including lunch)
Special Early Bird Price: unwaged £50, waged £60, organisations £70
Price after 1 May 2014: unwaged £55, waged £70, organisations £80

Saturday Dinner and Entertainment:
Special Early Bird Price: unwaged £50, waged £60, organisations £70
Price after 1 May 2014: unwaged £55, waged £70, organisations £80

Registration fees are non-refundable after 1 May 2014.

A number of rooms have been reserved for attendees at a discounted rate. Attendees can make their own reservations by calling the hotel on 0207 680 6912 or 0871 977 0218 and using the code ONEL080314 to ensure they receive the discounted rate. Single occupancy bedrooms are £130.00 and double occupancy rooms are £140.00 (both inclusive of VAT and breakfast). A list of more reasonable hotels in the surrounding area will be made available soon.

For more information or to purchase tickets, please email maryamnamazie@gmail.com or visit the conference website: http://www.secularconference.com/.

The conference is endorsed by Atheist Alliance International; Children First Now; Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain; Equal Rights Now; Fitnah; International Committee against Stoning; International Committee against Execution; International Federation of Iranian Refugees; Iran Solidarity; One Law for All; Secularism is a Women’s Issue; The Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science UK; and Women Living Under Muslim Laws amongst others.

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