Speaking engagement at Manchester University: sharia law

Free Speech and Secular SocietyThe LSS is pleased to announce an event at Manchester University called “Sharia law in the UK: women’s rights, free speech, and universities”.

The event will take place on Wednesday 3 December 2014 at 5pm. LSS Secretary Charlie Klendjian and Sharia Watch UK Spokesperson Anne Marie Waters will be speaking.

The event is not open to the public but it will be filmed. A link to the film will be added to this page in due course.

The event is kindly hosted by Hellen Parra Florez of Manchester University’s Free Speech and Secular Society. Hellen is an LLM graduate in Public International and European Law, and she is currently a PhD candidate researching sharia. She was the winner of the LSS’s student essay-writing competition called “Sharia: what’s going on?”. You can read her essay “Sharia law: no place in Europe” here.

The LSS is particularly grateful to Hellen for her hard work in organising this event, especially as this follows hot on the heels of the appalling decision by the University of West London a couple of weeks ago to cancel an event at which Charlie Klendjian and Anne Marie Waters were due to speak about student radicalisation and censorship on campus. You can read more about that here.

Commenting, LSS Secretary Charlie Klendjian said:

“Organising this event has been far from straightforward and the LSS acknowledges Hellen’s persistence with deep gratitude. As recent events at the University of West London have demonstrated, organising a discussion about Islam in a British university is becoming something of an extreme sport.

“The LSS is very much looking forward to discussing this subject in a calm and welcoming atmosphere.”

(PDF of the above poster here)

Update: there is more information about this event on the Manchester University Students’ Union website here, and the Free Speech and Secular Society’s website here.

Update: you can watch the Manchester event here.

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