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Islamophobia Conference 2016

Islamophobia conference 2016
Sat 3 Dec 2016 11:00am to 5:00pm
Augustine United Church
41-43 George IV Bridge

Speakers include: Yvonne Ridley (journalist and author), Arzu Merali (IHRC), Mohammad N Asif (Afghan Human Rights Foundation), Tasneem Ali (Muslim Womens Association of Edinburgh), Richard Haley (SACC), Faizah Shaheen (questioned by police after being reported reading a book about Syria on a plane), Pinar Aksu (campaigner for refugees), Ibrahim Mohamoud (Cage spokesperson).

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We'll be looking at how education, the legal system and the Prevent / Counter-terrorism regime coalesce to create an environment of hate that facilitates the operation of a de facto Police State. In this state citizens are either living in fear and self-censorship, or full and knowing complicity, or exceptionalist complacency or a combination of some or all of the aforesaid. Whilst the primary targets and victims of hateful discourse, discrimination and state and street violence are Muslims, everyone lives in this Environment and this State, many minoritised communities now feel a resurgence of hatred and everyone is impacted negatively.Organised jointly by the Islamic Human Rights Commission (IHRC) and SACC, and linked to the conference on the same theme being held by IHRC in London on 10 December.

Suggested contributions for attendees: £10 standard, £5 low-waged, £3  students/unwaged, free for age 16 & under & asylum-seekers. Any financial contribution you make is appreciated. But everyone is welcome, whether able to contribute or not.

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11.00 - 11.30 Registration

11.30 - 13.00 Workshops

3 parallel workshops:

Workshops 1 (Sanctuary) and 2 (Library): Round table discussions on The Environment of Hate, Islamophobia and the Police State.

Workshop 3 (Conference room): Islamophobia and the Young Muslim - Workshop with Yvonne Ridley, particularly oriented towards young people.

Prior registration is particularly reccommended for those wishing to participate in the workshops.

13.00 - 13.30 Lunch Break

13.30 - 15.00 The Environment of Hate (Plenary)

Panel:Yvonne Ridley, Pinar Aksu, Faizah Shaheen, Mohammad N Asif, Arzu Merali

15.00 - 15.15 Tea Break

15.15 - 15.45 Resistance (Plenary) - Part 1

Panel: Richard Haley, Tasneem Ali, Ibrahim Mohamoud, Arzu Merali

15.45 - 15.55  Break

Those who wish to pray can do so in the conference room (downstairs)
15.55 - 17.00 Resistance (Plenary) - Part 2

Panel: Richard Haley, Tasneem Ali, Ibrahim Mohamoud,  Arzu Merali


Children are welcome, is accompanied by an adult. There will be a small childrens' play area in the Sanctuary (the room in which the plenaries are beng held).


The conference will be livestreamed. You can watch it here.


Review by the London Guantanamo Campaign of Yvonne Ridley's new book Torture - Does it Work?

Islamophobia Conference 2016 on Facebook (please share).

Report and videos from our Islamophobia Conference 2015.