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The launch of Iraq Solidarity Month

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Organised by - Tadhamun Iraqi Women Solidarity

“The immorality of the United States and Great Britain's decision to invade Iraq in 2003, premised on the lie that Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction, has destabilised and polarised the world to a greater extent than any other conflict in history”.

Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s conviction was shared by millions who demonstrated across the globe against the war on Iraq in 2003 and continues to be shared today.

Fifteen years on, the impact of the illegal US led act of aggression on the Iraqi people that continues to cause endless suffering, has become another footnote in the cycle of violence and war that blights the Middle East to this day.

Remembering Iraq is not only important to the millions of victims who deserve justice, it is necessary - to reclaim the basic principles of peace and respect between nations that is the foundation of our shared humanity and guarantee we can all live in a future devoid of the scourge of war.

These are the aims behind our launch of the initiative: Iraq Solidarity Month (ISM).

It will be a reminder of the crimes committed in dismantling a state, society and culture so that they are not repeated. It is also a celebration of Iraq's history, resistance and aspiration for peace based on equality and justice.

At: SOAS Alumni Lecture Theatre (S) ALT
Paul Webley Wing (Senate House North Block)
SOAS University of London, 10 Thornhaugh Street,
Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG

Date: Thursday 26th April 2018, 7:00 – 10:00 PM


Denis J. Halliday: Head of the Humanitarian Programme in Iraq 1997-98

Ayça Çubukçu: Assistant Professor of Human Rights and Director of the Human Rights Programme at the London

School of Economics and Political Science.

Lindsey German: Stop the War convener

Hamza Hamouchene: Algerian activist. Senior Programme Officer - North Africa and West Asia at War on Want

Mike Phipps: Editor of the fortnightly Iraq Occupation Focus e-newsletter.

Victoria Brittan: Journalist and author of several books and plays about the war on terror and Guantánamo Bay.

Haifa Zangana: Iraqi Author - journalist.

Ihsan al Imam: Iraqi musician - Oud player

Low-Key British-Iraqi rapper and activist