Peace in Kurdistan Campaign organises events and meetings as part of its political and solidarity work. You can find information on our events here, as well as related events held by other organisations from London and across the country.
Friday 13 – 20 November
9th Annual London Kurdish Film Festival
Taking place all week, the London Kurdish Film Festival brings you range of powerful feature films and documentaries by Kurdish filmmakers. As the website explains: Movies are a powerful and influential form of artistic expression. They reflect societies perception; interpretation, beliefs and conscience. It is for this reason such a platform carries great significance in Kurdish society. As a nation of people who have desired peace in their homeland for extensive years, cinema draws light onto their dreams; struggles, culture, nature, memory and existence. Visit http://www.lkff.co.uk for the full programme and to find out more. Also visit the Facebook page for updates.
VENUE: Hackney Picturehouse, 270 Mare Street, Hackney Central, London, E8 1HE (Opposite Hackney Town Hall)
Saturday 14 November
Re-imagine Democracy – towards a Citizens Convention on the Constitution
Organised by Assembly for Democracy: Momentum is building for democratic change. That was clear in the spectacular campaign that elected Jeremy Corbyn. So we’re really pleased that John McDonnell, the shadow chancellor, will be at our November 14 event, jointly called by Assemblies for Democracy and Occupy Democracy. He’ll be joined by Liz Davies, executive member and former chair of the Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers, assemblies historian Peter Evans, Penny Cole, Assemblies for Democracy (Scotland) and Stuart White, openDemocracy. We need a new constitution as a framework for a real democracy. A Citizens Convention on the Constitution is a first step on the road to bringing power closer to the people. That’s the focus of the Assembly, with the aim of launching the Convention next year.
VENUE: Waterloo Action Centre, London SE1 7AA (opposite the Old Vic, near Waterloo mainline/tube stations)
Saturday 14 – 15 November
Caring, Survival and Justice vs the Tyranny of the Market International Conference London, 14-15 November
On 14/15 November, Women of Colour Global Women’s Strike are co-hosting an international women’s conference: ‘Caring, Survival and Justice vs. The Tyranny of the Market’. We are very pleased to be welcoming women of colour speakers from Haiti, India, Palestine, Peru, Norway, Scotland, Canada and the US, and they will be available for interview. See below for further details. The conference comes in the midst of an explosion of activism and organising against the sexism and racism of austerity, poverty, prisons, detention and deportation, deaths in custody, war, environmental devastation, and for our right to survival, justice and resources. We bring together distinguished grassroots activists from the Global South and North, fighting on the local, national and international level. Speakers will make visible all the justice work women do, during war and occupation, against bonded labour and rape, for the rights of domestic workers, prisoners and more. Campaigners from a variety of movements will speak. The conference will highlight the undervalued, unrecognised caring work that women across the world do. We will also make the case for an economy and a society which invests in caring not killing, and launch our Petition to all governments for: A living wage for mothers & other carers.
VENUE: Wac Arts, Hampstead Town Hall Centre, 213 Haverstock Hill, London NW3 4QP
Sunday 15 November, 11am – 6pm
POLICING THE CRISIS – Defend the Right to Protest National Conference
Global economic crisis and austerity has made society a more unequal and punishing place to be. Politicians invest in border police and barbed wire fences in response to the biggest refugee crisis for decades. Police rough up disability rights protesters in parliament whilst MP’s debate massive cuts to welfare. The Tories plan to ban strikes and slash legal aid whilst driving through a sustained assault on living standards and public services. Gentrification of local areas goes hand in hand with stop and search and racist harassment and the use of new laws to evict housing protesters. New figures show deaths in police custody has increased, a public inquiry is promised – but will anything change? Meanwhile Muslim school students are reported under new counter terrorism legislation for questioning government foreign policy and deemed “extremist”. Islamophobic hate crime goes up. At the same time, this “extremism” label is applied to an ever widening spectrum of views and activities: Cameron warns the new leader of the opposition Jeremy Corbyn is a “threat to national security” whilst Occupy, environmentalists and student protesters are deemed “domestic extremists” in Prevent briefings –all justifying an enormous expansion of surveillance over our day to day lives. These are the means by which the establishment are seeking to “police the crisis” –a sustained assault on our civil liberties and racist demonising of “suspect communities”. This conference will provide a space to discuss with a wide range of campaigns, activists, writers and lawyers active around these issues: to share ideas and experiences and to look at ways we can build a stronger movement.
VENUE: SOAS Students’ Union, Thornhaugh Street, WC1H 0XG London, United Kingdom
Monday 16 November, 7 – 9pm
Joint Forum: The Syrian War’s Impact on Kurdish Politics
CEFTUS Westminster Debate with keynote speakers Dr Cengiz Gunes, Associate Lecturer at the Open Universit, Mr Robert Lowe, Manager of the Middle East Centre of the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and MrDavid Hartwell, Director of Middle East Insider.
The war in Syria with regional and international sides involved has shattered stability in the region since it began in 2011. Whilst US and Russia disagree on how a solution to the conflict can be achieved, Turkey fearing Kurdish territorial gains close to north-western Syria objects to Kurdish militia involvement in any proposed solution. People’s Protection Units (YPG), backed by its political wing, Democratic Union Party (PYD) in Syria have recently announced that they have joined forces with Arab rebels in their fight against ISIS. Our keynote speaker, Mr Lowe will elaborate on the complex dynamics of Kurdish politics in Syria resulting from the war and Dr Gunes will analyse interrelated impacts on Kurdish politics in Turkey and Kurdistan-Iraq. Mr Hartwell will address how Russia’s involvement will impact both the course of the conflict and the pressure that this puts on Turkish policy towards Syria, Assad, Saudi Arabia, Russia and the US. This debate is kindly hosted by Kate Osamor MP for Edmonton.
VENUE: Committee Room 12, House of Commons, London SW1A 0AA. Please note security checks are required to enter the House of Commons, at the Cromwell Green Entrance. We kindly ask you to arrive at 6.30PM to allow the event to start and end on time. Booking is required for this event to ensure adequate seating available.
Tuesday 17 November, 11am – 1pm
IHRC Report Launch -Environment of Hate: The new normal for Muslims in the UK
IHRC’s latest report is the second such study to reveal the worsening ‘hate environment’ that demonises Muslims and legitimises discriminatory practices. The launch will feature a panel that includes report author Arzu Merali, journalist Peter Oborne, IHRC’s Head of Advocacy Abed Choudhury as well as academics Nisha Kapoor and David Miller.
VENUE: P21 Gallery, 21 Charlton Street, London NW1 1JD
For media enquiries, to register your attendance at the launch or further details please email email@example.com or call 020 8904 4222 or 07877 675998
Tuesday 17 November, 7pm – 9pm
Ceftus and IPC joint forum: Post-Election Turkey
The Centre for Turkey Studies (CEFTUS) and Istanbul Policy Center of Sabanci University are pleased hold this joint forum with an expert panel of keynote speakers: Prof Fuat Keyman, Director of Istanbul Policy Center and Professor of International Relations at Sabancı University; Lord Wallace of Saltaire, Liberal Democrat Peer and Former Government Whip acting as government spokesperson in the House of Lords on the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the Department for Work and Pensions and the Department for Education in 2010-2015 Coalition Government.; Lord Owen, Independent Social Democrat, Former British Foreign Secretary (1977-1979) and former MP for 26 years from 1966-1992; Lord Peter Hain, Former Labour MP between 1991 and 2015 and former senior minister for twelve years in Tony Blair and Gordon Brown’s governments. This event is kindly hosted by Catherine West MP for Hornsey and Wood Green.
VENUE: Committee Room 11, House of Commons, London SW1A 0AA. Please note security checks are required to enter the House of Commons. We kindly ask you to arrive at6.30PM to allow the event to start and end on time. Booking is required for this event to ensure adequate seating available.
Saturday 28 – Sunday 29 November
International Conference 2015: Women fighting back: International and legal perspectives
The Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers, the International Association of Democratic Lawyers and the European Association of Lawyers for Democracy & World Human Rights will be hosting the “Women Fighting Back: International and Legal Perspectives” conference at London South Bank University (103 Borough Road, London SE1 0AA) on 28-29 November 2015. The aim of the conference is to bring a critical, left wing and intersectional perspective to the women’s movement and to provide a forum for exchanging ideas and practical skills between lawyers, academics and activists to advance women’s campaigns and struggles. See a list of speakers and more information here.
VENUE: London South Bank University, 103 Borough Road, London SE10AA
Monday 30 November, 7 – 9pm
RWCA, CEFTUS and Kurdish Progress Public Forum with HDP Co-Chair Figen Yuksekdag: Post-Election Turkey: Is Peace Achievable?
Refugee Workers Cultural Association (RWCA) in partnership with the Centre for Turkey Studies (CEFTUS) and the Centre for Kurdish Progress are pleased to invite you to a public forum with the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) Co-Chair Ms Figen Yuksekdag. After three elections over a period of two years, the final general election which was held on 1 November 2015 brought the longest ruling political party in modern Turkey, the Justice and Development Party (AK Party), back to power. Prior to the November elections, Turkey had entered a politically turbulent period. Many critical developments which include the collapse of the Peace Process, increased violent clashes between Turkish armed forces and the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), bomb attacks carried out by the so-called Islamic State (ISIS) left over 200 people dead and many more injured and a Turkey that is unstable and polarised. Turkey has now closed its elections period and a one party government is in power, but questions remain as to how the peace with Kurds will be achieved, how the ISIS threat will be destroyed and whether public opinion in Turkey will reconcile. Co-Chair of Turkey’s second biggest opposition party, the HDP, Ms Figen Yuksekdag will elaborate on the developments over the last two years and address the HDP’s strategies for peaceful reconciliation in Turkey. This event is kindly hosted by Seema Malthotra MP for Feltham and Heston.
VENUE: Committee Room 9, House of Commons, London Sw1A 0AA. Please note security checks are required to enter the House of Commons. We kindly ask you to arrive at6.30PM to allow the event to start and end on time. Booking is required for this event to ensure adequate seating available.