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Date: Sunday, 20 January 2019 from 12:00-17:00
Location: Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, WC1R 4RL London
Details: Human Rights are at risk in Bangladesh. Especially, the rights of the LGBT+ community and the secular community are the most vulnerable. We want to speak on behalf of these communities and raise our voice. We want to defend their rights. We want to reach towards the wider communities and gain support through this conference.
Speakers: Maryam Namazie, Gita Sahgal, Sadia Hameed, Lizzie Streeter, Hsien Chew, Henna Khanom, Sadikur Rahman Rana, Jimmy Bangash, Daniel Fitzgerald, Mediah Ahmed, Bonya Ahmed, Jamie Jane, Riaz Osmani, Asif Mohiuddin, Simon Ware, Syed Isteak Hossain Shawon.
Date: Thu 24 January 2019, 18:00 – 20:30
Location: Central London
Entrance fee: Free
Details: Given the rise in prosecutions of both Islamist and far right extremists and the range of plots that have come to light, are we in a better position challenging extremism today than we were 5 years ago? Join a panel discussion involving the Lead Commissioner for Extremism, Sara Khan, and other speakers.
Date: Tuesday 29th January 2019, from 19:30
Location: Canal House, 48-52 Canal Street, Nottingham.
Details: Ana Gonzalez was born in Spain and graduated in Employment Law at the University of A Coruña. She moved to the UK in 1994, qualifying as a solicitor in 2003. Ana will talk to us about her experience representing apostates in asylum applications over the last 10 years. She will discuss how apostates fit into the Refugee Convention and the difficulty faced by vulnerable asylum seekers in the asylum process.
Date: 21st February- 28th March 2019, 6:30 pm-8:30 pm
Location: Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London. WC1R 4RL
Tickets: From £50
Details: A six-week course examining the often hidden or forgotten contribution of radicals, rebels, and revolutionaries to the development of ground-breaking ideas and campaigns in the nineteenth century such as human rights, birth control, women's rights, the right to vote, republicanism, and free speech. One thing uniting all those to be studied is their secularism, the philosophy underlying their activism.
Date: 18th May 2019, 09:00 - 17:00, followed by drinks reception.
Location: The Tower Hotel in London, St Katharine's Way, London E1W 1LD
Tickets: Members: £25 | Non-members: £50 | Students: £10
Details: What does "religious freedom" truly mean? While religious lobbyists commonly use terms like "religious freedom" to demand privileges, this conference will serve to highlight that true "religious freedom" means freedom of belief for people of all religions and none. The conference will also explore the limits of religious freedom when it impedes on other human rights, including bodily autonomy, equality and freedom of expression.
Secularist of the Year is an opportunity to celebrate the outstanding groups and inspiring individuals advancing secularism and related human rights. The £5,000 prize for Secularist of the Year is presented annually.
The 2019 prize will be awarded at our Secularism 2019 conference, which takes place on Saturday 18 May at The Tower Hotel in central London. Tickets for the conference are now on sale.
Nominations for the award are now open.
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