Wednesday, 3 September 2014

This Sunday - Peace Rally against ISIL

If you're free on Sunday and want to see and end to the atrocities in Iraq then come and join thousands of Christians, Jews, Assyrians, Muslims and others calling for an end to this. 

Meeting point is Richmond Terrace, 2pm - 5pm. 

The rally has three specific aims:

(a) A rally for unity, tolerance and to preserve Iraq as a state and the presence of minorities within it. We hope for an united Iraq in which the rights of all its peoples are respected;

(b) A demand for humanitarian assistance and targeted intervention to ensure that the minorities of Northern Iraq are not expunged permanently from their land, and call for the creation of a safe haven in the north of Iraq to protect minorities, using the 1991 international intervention on behalf of the Kurds as a precedent;

(c) Continue to cast light on the atrocities committed by ISIS against minority groups in Iraq, as well as Syria. We believe that ISIS and its extremist ideology represents an immediate threat not only to the peoples in the region but also to the international community and here in the UK.


14:00 Arrival at venue
14:30 Zehra Zaidi, Stand Up and Mardean Isaac, A Demand for Action to introduce Rally
15:00 Speeches to begin. Speakers include:

o Charles Tannock MEP, Foreign Affairs and Human Rights Spokesperson for the UK Conservative Delegation, Chair of EP Friends of Kurdistan, Honorary EP Parliamentary Adviser to the Save the Assyrians Campaign;
o Richard Howitt MEP (Labour, S&D), Labour Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs, a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee, and Vice Chair of the Human Rights Sub-Committee [TBC Tuesday];
o Emma Nicholson (cross bench peer);
o Conor Burns MP (Conservative);
o Stephen Pound MP (Labour);
o Mardean Isaac and Max Joseph (Assyrian Iraqis);
o Sajad jiyad, Al-Khoei Foundation (Shia Iraqi);
o David Taylor, Lecturer in Aramaic and Syriac, Oriental Institute, University of Oxford;
o Ben Rogers, Christian Solidarity Worldwide
o Canon Andrew White, Vicar of St George's Church, Baghdad (only Anglican church in Iraq) and Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in Middle East [TBC].

16:30 Lords Prayer in Aramaic

16:45 A Demand for Action will present an Open Letter signed by activists, academics and MPs to Number 10 Downing Street 

17:00 End of Rally

*Coaches coming from churches, mosques and community groups need to get in touch re parking on the day.

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