October 2010 Update on the One Law for All campaign

October 2010 Update on the One Law for All campaign

One Law for All is organising some exciting events in the coming months; we hope you can join us.

PASSION FOR FREEDOM ART EXHIBITION 20-27 NOVEMBER 2010
WITH PRIVATE VIEWING ON SATURDAY 20 NOVEMBER 2010

One Law for All is pleased to present an art exhibition in London during 20-27 November 2010 in which a group of international artists address the controversial subject of religion and human rights. The exhibition includes pieces on the veil, female genital mutilation, child ‘marriage’ and women’s oppression.

You are invited to a private viewing on 20 November 2010 from 18.30-21.30 hours. If you are able to attend opening night, please RSVP as soon as possible.

The opening and exhibition will be held at UNIT 24 Gallery, 24 Great Guildford Street, London SE1 0FD. Our panel of judges author Polly Toynbee, singer Deeyah and secularist Terry Sanderson will select their favourite pieces for special mention at the private viewing.

You can find out more about the art exhibition and artists here.

To RSVP your attendance at opening night, please send your name and telephone number to onelawforall@gmail.com. The exhibition will be open to the public 21-27 November.

SATURDAY 11 DECEMBER 2010 CONFERENCE ON APOSTASY, SHARIA LAW AND HUMAN RIGHTS

To mark International Human Rights Day, we are co-sponsoring an all day conference on Apostasy, Sharia Law and Human Rights at Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London. Conference registration begins at 10.00am for 11.00am start and ends at 19.00 hours, after which there will be a social gathering at a local pub. Panel discussions include ‘International Apostasy and Religion,’ ‘Ex-Muslims in Britain and Europe’ and ‘Multiculturalism and Multifaithism versus Universal Human Rights.’ There will also be a play ‘Masculine Laws’ by Ghazi Rabihavi and a comedy act by Nick Doody. Confirmed speakers include Mina Ahadi, Tarek Fatah, Rumy Hassan, Marieme Helie Lucas, Maryam Namazie, Hassan Radwan, Gita Sahgal, Hamed Abdol Samad, Terry Sanderson, Alom Shaha, Bahram Soroush, Peter Tatchell, and Anne Marie Waters.

To book a place at the conference, please complete the booking form found here.

Tickets are £10 for individuals; £25 for organisations and statutory bodies.

The conference is sponsored by Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain, Iran Solidarity, National Secular Society, One Law for All and South Place Ethical Society.

WEDNESDAY 26 JANUARY 2011 ENEMIES NOT ALLIES SEMINAR

Please also hold the date for a seminar at Conway Hall from 18.30-20.30 hours on ‘Enemies not Allies.’ The seminar will discuss ‘left wing’ organisations which have taken the side of or failed to condemn Islamists in political discourse, including Unite Against Fascism and The Respect Party as well as racist and far Right groups such as the English Defence League and Stop Islamisation of Europe which are using concern over Sharia law to promote their racist and anti-immigrant agenda. The seminar will coincide with the publication of a report on the same issue. More information on this seminar will be posted on our website soon.

OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Co-Spokesperson Anne Marie Waters has just written a letter to Home Secretary Theresa May, Justice Secretary Kenneth Clarke, and Attorney General Dominic Grieve asking for an urgent clarification of law and urging equal rights for all. You can read the letter here.

One Law for All has also just published a ‘Know your Rights Leaflet’ and an extensive list of resources on Sharia law.

WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT

If you haven’t already please support us in any way you can. Join us at any or all of our events or volunteer your skills and time. Sign our petition and encourage others to do so. So far over 26,700 people and organisations have signed up to our call for an end to religious laws. You can find the petition here. Most importantly, please donate to the crucial work of our organisation if you can. We urgently need regular support that we can rely on and are asking for 100 donors to commit to at least £5-10 a month via direct debit. Details on the 100 Club can be found here. This is particularly important given that many of our requests for funding to foundations have been denied due to the controversial nature of our work. No amount is too small – all of it counts and helps us in our work!

We have only managed to come this far because of your support but we need a lot more in order to do all that needs to be done to get rid of Sharia and religious laws and strengthen secularism.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Thank you.

Warm wishes

Maryam Namazie
Spokesperson
One Law for All
BM Box 2387
London WC1N 3XX
onelawforall@gmail.com
www.onelawforall.org.uk

PS For an urgent update on the Iran stoning case of Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, please visit the site of the International Committee Against Stoning. The latest news is that Ms Ashtiani’s 22 year old son and lawyer have been arrested since 10 October along with two journalists. We are working with the ICAS to secure their release and the release of Ms Ashtiani and stop stoning and execution. Join us in this important task.

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