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Monday 12 October 2015

October diary

Upcoming events on Syria in the UK

Contact info@syria uk.org to let us know of an event.

Monday 12 October

House of Commons adjournment debate
Protection of civilians in Syria
Jo Cox MP

Tuesday 13 October

Refugees vigil at 6:30pm, Old Palace Yard, Westminster, London.
Resettle 1000 Refugees by Christmas
Hosted by Citizens UK

“David Cameron has announced a plan to resettle 20,000 Syrian refugees over the next 5 years. This is too few, far less than commitments from comparable countries, and too slow with winter around the corner.”

Campaign website: www.refugees-welcome.org.uk
Facebook event page.

Wednesday 14 October
Legal accountability/transitional justice event, 6:00-7:30pm, LSE, NAB.2.04, New Academic Building, LSE, London.
Pursuing Atrocity Accountability in Syria

Toby Cadman, barrister at 9 Bedford Row International
Susan Lamb, Senior Legal Adviser to the Commission for International Justice and Accountability
Chair: Dr Kirsten Ainley, Director of the Centre for International Studies

More details on the LSE website.

No ticket or pre-registration required. Entry is on a first come, first served basis.
For any queries email s.sfeir@lse.ac.uk or call 020 7955 6198.

Thursday 15 October
Documentary film screening and discussion, 7:00-9:30pm, Edmond J Safra Lecture Theatre, King’s College London
On the Bride’s Side: Subverting Migration Discourses in Europe

Gabriele del Grande, Journalist, writer and one of the film’s directors
Nicholas de Genova, Reader in Urban Geography and Director of the Spatial Politics Research Group at King’s College London
Juliet Steyn, Occasional Lecturer and author of the book Breaching Borders: Art, Migrants and the Metaphor of Waste
Nadja Stamselberg, Visiting Lecturer in Cultural Studies at Regent’s University, London
Chair: Federica Mazzara, Senior Lecturer in Intercultural Communication, University of Westminster

Free, but booking required. More details.
Facebook event page.

Monday 19 October

Legal accountability/transitional justice event, 6:30pm, House of Lords Committee Room 4A.
A Step towards Justice: On current accountability options for crimes under international law committed in Syria

Panel speakers:
Sir Keir Starmer QC MP, Former Director of Public Prosecutions
Mark Lattimer, Director, Ceasefire Centre for Civilian Rights
Mohammad Al Abdallah, Director, Syria Justice And Accountability Centre
Laila Alodaat, Syrian human rights lawyer
Chair: The Baroness Stern of Vauxhall CBE

More details.

RSVP to ceasefire@mrgmail.org

Wednesday 21 October
Religious minorities event, 6:30pm, Grimond Room, Portcullis House.
Disappearing Religions of the Middle East
Caabu members’ event with the author of Heirs to Forgotten Kingdoms, Gerard Russell.

Chair: Paula Sherriff MP

More details on the Caabu website.

RSVPs and enquiries to Joseph Willits willitsj@caabu.org

Thursday 22 October
Refugee documentary screening, 7:00pm, Room G3, SOAS, Russell Square.
“Displaced’ with panel discussion

‘Displaced’ by journalist Amel Guettatfi follows three Syrians living in a makeshift camp on the Northern border of France. Each felt the need to leave home after the uprising in their home escalated. They survive on the bare minimum, living in tents in the winter, trying to cross to Britain every night. This documentary discusses the human collateral of an on going war through the stories of a graduate, a former student and an ex-Syrian Army soldier.

Zoe Gardner, Communications Officer, Asylum Aid
Tania Kaiser, Senior Lecturer in Forced Migration Studies, SOAS
Don Flynn, Director, Migrants’ Rights Network
Syria Solidarity UK speaker to be confirmed.

Hosted by SOAS Student Action for Refugees (STAR). This Event is free and open to the public. Donations are welcome.

Facebook event page.

Saturday 24 October
Refugee event, 11:00am to 5:00pm, Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church, 235 Shaftesbury Avenue, London WC2H 8EP
Refugee Solidarity Summit: Open the borders now!

Arranged by London2Calais.

Amongst the many speakers are Syrian artist and activist Ibrahim Fakhri, talking on migrant experiences, and Abdulaziz Almashi of Syria Solidarity UK and Solidarity With Refugees, on strategies for radical solidarity.

More details on the Eventbrite page.

Saturday 24 October
Demonstration, 2:00-4:00pm, Russian Embassy London.
Putin get out of Syria

Facebook event page.

Tuesday 27 October

UK policy on ISIS event, 12:00-2:200pm, House of Commons Committee Room 9.
Syria Between Dictatorship and ISIS: What can the United Kingdom Do?
Hosted by Jeff Smith MP.

Organised by Rethink Rebuild Society, Voice of the Syrian Community of Manchester.

Read the Rethink Rebuild policy document, Syria Between Dictatorship and ISIS.

RSVP to advocacy@rrsoc.org

Wednesday 28 October
Human rights event, 1:30-3:00pm, House of Commons Committee Room 14.
The Caesar Exhibition

Panel speakers:
Frederic Hof, Former US Special Adviser for Transition in Syria and Resident Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council
Steven Heydemann of Smith College and the Center for Middle East Policy at Brookings Institution
Mouaz Moustafa, Director of Syrian Emergency Taskforce
Kristyan Benedict, Head of Campaigns for Amnesty International UK
Plus video messages from: US members of Congress, Holocaust survivors and US Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes Issues, Stephen Rapp.
Chair: Roger Godsiff MP

Background: ‘They were torturing to kill’: inside Syria’s death machine, by Garance le Caisne, The Guardian, 1 Oct 2015.

Photographs will be displayed at this event which some may find upsetting.

Please RSVP to warringtona@parliament.uk

A press call with the opportunity to interview panellists will take place immediately after this event in room W3, Westminster Hall. If you would like to register for this, please contact Nour Bakr at london2@independentdiplomat.org