Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Seminar on Sharia Law and the Children Act, today in London, UK

One Law for All will host a seminar to explore the terms of the Children Act and whether these are compatible with the tenets and practice of sharia law. It will look at the protections provided to children by the provisions of the Children Act and ask if children in Britain, by virtue of their parents’ religion or culture, are at risk of being denied these protections. In addition, One Law for All will provide information on Catholic Canon Law and how this has been used to facilitate the continued abuse of children in Catholic institutions.

Speakers include: Sue Cox, Survivors Voice Europe; Anne Marie Hutchinson, Dawson Cornwell Solicitors; Maryam Namazie, One Law for All; Diana Nammi, Iranian and Kurdish Women’s Rights Organisation; and Yasmin Rehman, Chair of the Board of Trustees of Domestic Violence Intervention Project. The seminar will be chaired by Anne Marie Waters, One Law for All.

Seminar on Sharia Law and the Children Act
22 November 2011
18.30-20.30 hours
Brockway Room, Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL
Entry fee: £8 Statutory organisations; £5 individuals; £2.50 student/unwaged
Registration can be done on the day from 18.00 hours.

More info here

Notes from Iran, 5x5 campaign

A group of women in Iran has initiated the 5x5 campaign, starting this week.
On panj-shanbe (meaning the 5th shanbe in the Iranian week, Thursday) at 5 pm they are urging women to take off their veil for 5 seconds in the street. This call has been circulated in the cities of Tehran, Mashhad and Shiraz. We will keep you updated on 5x5.

Friday, 4 November 2011

Solidarity with Iranian workers - from Brazil

Brazilian journalist Bruno Mascarenhas' solidarity message with Iranian workers.

Every workers protest is very important, because it is a group that organizes itself because it isn’t satisfied, and this is the exact reason they are protesting.  But it’s very difficult to do this under a dictatorship.  It becomes impossible.   

In Brazil, at the end of the 1970s, more or less during the Islamic Revolution in Iran, Brazil was under a dictatorship, but in the metallurgical unions of the countryside in the ABC Region (a large industrial region in the state of Sao Paulo) led a big movement in which it stopped sixty or eighty thousand workers, who halted their activities, and didn’t produce one single car, they produced nothing in this region, and it was a big problem for the government, a serious problem.  The workers actually brought the industry to a halt.  The government needed to cede, and ended up giving money to the companies to pay the costs of the workers, they gave a part of the pay raise the workers were asking for, and the workers won many important battles.   

Today, the Brazilian worker has more rights and privileges and has won more battles thanks to these metallurgical protests in the ABC Region.  In Iran, I think it’s hard, it’s very hard.  I think that the Iranian union oil workers, they have problems.  The dictatorship is so rigid and strong, and I am afraid that they won’t manage to get their rights.  I want that workers manage to get their rights in all parts of the world.  Outside of Brazil, what can I do, I can spread the words of solidarity.  I am in solidarity with Iranian workers.  People who work and produce need dignity, a good home, the family has to live well, it’s a question of quality of life, if you work, you have to have a fair exchange, you have to have a decent salary.  In the 1970s/1980s, here in Sao Paulo when there were the big metallurgical union movements in the ABC Region, a good part of the workers were living in favelas (slums), people ate poorly, they had a poor quality of life.  Today,  most metallurgical workers live with dignity.

International Day of Solidarity with Iranian Workers - tomorrow

5 November 2011
Join us on this day of action!
34 cities in 16 countries and counting…


Time: Saturday 5 November 2011, 1-3 pm
Place: In front of the Embassy of the Islamic Republic
Contact: Göran Gustavsson 0704009033 & Faramarz Ghorbani 0765647616

Time: Saturday 5 November 2011, 12 noon
Place: Gustav Adolfs Torg
Contact: Abe Asadi 07317178819

Time: Saturday 5th November 2011, 2-4pm
Place: Stora torget
Contact: Esmail Mardokhi 0 737 59 85 66

Time: Saturday 5th November 2011, 2.30-5pm
Place: Stortorget
Contact: Gabi Hosseini 0760879874

Time: Saturday 5th November 2011, 11am-1pm
Place: Resecentrum
Contact: Arian Mirzolfaghari 0700773423 zolfaghariarian4@gmail.com
Seyed Ezattollah Rashmi 0736561595 moied83@gmail.com

Time: Saturday 5th November 2011, 1-3 pm
Place: Davidhalsbron
Contact: Hasan Salehi 0703171102
Farideh Arman 0703638088

Time: Saturday 5th November 2011, 2-4 pm
Place: Ronnebygatan 43 till 47 i Centrum
Contact: Amir Kamrani; amir_ung@yahoo.com  0046704 53 10 47      
nasserkhassaee@yahoo.com   0046762835308     


Time: Saturday 5 November 2011, 2-4 pm
Place: Trafalgar Sq., North Terrace, in front of the National Gallery
Then at 5pm we will gather outside the offices of the BBC Persian Service, Broadcasting House, 2-22 Portland Place, W1A 1AA
Contact: Behrooz Bahari 07838156819
Alireza Rashidi 07712810675


Time: Saturday 5 November 2011, 1-3 pm
Contact: Yadi Mahmoudi 416-471-7138

Time: Saturday 5th November, 3-5 pm
Place: Art Gallery, Robson side
Contact: Masoud Arjang 001-6046495453
Vancouver District Labour Council also supports this call

Time: Sunday 6th November, 3-6 pm
Place: Victoria Square (People’s Square)

Time: Saturday 5 November 2011, 1-3 pm
Place: Beursplein
Contact: Bahman Khani 0651273261      


Time: Saturday 5th November, 1-2 pm
Place: In front of the Embassy of the Islamic Republic
Contact: Saber Rahimi 0798694001      
Abolghasem Kardar 04133-3268      


Time: Saturday 5th November 2011, 11am-1pm
Hauptwache Rathenauplatz
Contact: Shahnaz Moratab 015774650186

Time: Saturday 5th, 2-4 pm
Place: Joachimstaler platz, am U-Bahnhof Kurfürstendamm
Contact: Farzaneh Derakhshan 017624866317

Time: Saturday 5th, 4 pm
Place: In front of Dom
Contact: Mohamad Nemati 01635522356

Time: Saturday 5th November 2011 4-6pm
Place: Kropke
Contact: Naser Kashkooli 0177 8348592

Time: Saturday 5th November 2011, 12-3 pm
Place: Blasiusgasse Strasse (Zwishen Ulla Popkeu)
Contact: Hassan Hosseinzadeh 01741351024

Time: Saturday 5th November 2011, 3-5 pm
Place: Ziegenmarkt
Contact: Siamak Maki 01724037035

Time: Saturday 5th November 2011, 1.30 pm
Place: Hamburg Hauptbahnhof, Glockengießerwall
Contact: Nazanin Borumand 0172-4044323, Pedram Rezazadeh

Time: Saturday 5th Nov, 3-4 pm
Place: Mit freundichen grüssen
Contact: Saeed Etezadzadeh 017629319819


Washington DC
Time: Sunday, November 6, 2011, 1pm
Place: 2209 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington DC (offices of the Islamic regime at the Pakistani Embassy) with march down to Georgetown to hand out flyers.
Organizers: Mission Free Iran & Unity for Democracy and Justice

Time: Saturday 5th, 1 pm
Love Park, Broad and JFK Street
Contact: Soheila Nikpour 267-439-7185


Time: Saturday 5th November 2011, 4-5 pm
Contact: Payam Azar     
Details forthcoming


Time: Saturday 5th, 2- 4 pm
Place: At 14:00 hours we will gather in Helsingin rautatientori and at 14:20 we will start our march towards Narinkkatori behind Kamppi building.

Time: Saturday 5th November 2011, 10-11 am
Place: In front of the Embassy of the Islamic Republic
Contact: Amir Masoud Khaghani, 96484292

Time: Saturday 5th November
Location forthcoming
Contact: Amir Masoud Khaghani, 96484292
Time: Saturday 5th November
Location forthcoming
Contact: Amir Masoud Khaghani 96484292


On 5 and 6 Nov, Jamal Saberi, Worker-communist Party of Iran's cadre and an activist of the "Free Jailed Workers Campaign", will be speaking at the Railway Union meeting. Labour union representatives from Brazil, USA and South Korea will be present in the meeting, and the topic of the meeting is jailed workers in Iran.


Time: Saturday 5th November, 5 pm
Place: Athens Polytechnic in Patission Street
Contact: Naser Aghbashloo 00306957954975 

Time: Saturday 5th November, 2-3 pm
Place: In front of the Embassy of Islamic Republic
Engskiftevej 6 - 2100 København 


Time: Saturday 5th November, 2-4 pm
Place: At 14:00 hours we will gather in Kugulu Park (Swan Park) and then we will start our march towards Tehran Street in front of the Embassy of Islamic Republic
Contact: 00905370158957


Time: Saturday 5th November,
Details forthcoming
Nina Sadeqi 00390471201857 


Time: Saturday 5th November, 12noon-11pm
Place: Town Hall

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