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December 2018


15th December 2018 @ 4:30 pm - 8:30 pm GMT

We need to dream a peaceful dream, that all the world should see, the beauty of creation flowing naturally. No greed or destruction, just build, share and grow, from loving kindness our wisdom could know a peaceful dream. By Carol Allen The poem above set the theme of our Christmas event which was filled with music and the loving spirit of the season. Following are excerpts of some of the talks which combined with photos of the event will give…

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October 2018

Our 13 October Social Event in Oxford

13th October 2018 @ 4:30 pm - 8:30 pm BST

LET’S BE LIKE CHILDREN The keynote speaker at our 13 October social event in Oxford, Mr Lars Rise, was a member of the Norwegian Parliament for many years for the Christian Democratic Party. He is also the Chairman of the Friends of a Free Iran in Norway. Excerpts from his inspiring speech follow: “It’s actually my brother’s 65th birthday today, so I had to call him one and a half months ago when I was contacted to tell him that…

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September 2018


1st September 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 8:30 pm BST

This event was for remembrance of the 1988 massacre in Iran when 30,000 prisoners were executed by Khomainy's secret, but extraordinary Fatwa.  Dr Tahar Boumedra, the great friend of Ashrafis who sacrificed his UN career in order to protect his own integrity and the lives of Ashrafis was the keynote speaker who made a passionate speech about his time in Iraq as the UN human rights chief, Captain Dennis Barber and Mr Nicholas Weedon, both long time supporters of the cause…

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April 2018

NoRuz Celebration at Hammersmith Town Hall

21st April 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm BST

ILA event at Hammersmith Town Hall on 21 April 2018 was held for the occasion of Easter 2018 and NoRuz 1397. NoRuz is the Persian New Year which starts with spring equinox on 21 March. A lot of volunteer effort was put into preparation and decoration of the event venue to make it as pleasant as possible.                           In his passionate speech at our event in Hammersmith Town Hall on 21 April, Senator Robert Torricelli, former Democratic Congressman…

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August 2017

Social Evening in Bristol

11th August 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm BST

Our event in Bristol was hosted by Geoffrey Sutton who did a splendid job moderating the program. After the event we received the following letter from Bristol:   Dear Friends, Thank you for your magnificent work for justice and peace. Thank you, too, for bringing events to Bristol. We do appreciate your thoughtfulness and time spent in travel and preparations. I was reminded of you all recently, when I was attending a Christian lecture. The speaker spoke of the hugely…

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July 2017

Human Rights Conference in Lambeth

27th July 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm BST

The ILA event held in Lambeth on 27 July 2017, moderated by David Harris, was well attended and participants had the opportunity to see the exhibition and talk to Struan Stevenson, former MEP who had come from Edinburgh to address the conference. During the event we also heard from Ibrahim, one of the 36 hostages of Camp Ashraf abducted during the attack on 28/29 July 2009, which was also commemorated. In his keynote speech at the event, Struan Stevenson, an…

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April 2017

Easter & NoRuz at Hammersmith Town Hall

15th April 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm BST

Our NoRuz and Easter event in Hammersmith Town Hall was a success by every standard. The supporters who attended the event were welcomed by Amoo NoRuz (Uncle NoRuz the equivalent of Santa) and volunteers serving in a Persian tea house. Amoo started the program by a happy song followed by the beautiful playing of the piano by Prof Stephen Rhys who also played famous Persian tunes. Peter Watsham managed the stage and did an excellent job as the Master of…

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March 2017

International Women’s Day at St John’s Church – Notting Hill

11th March 2017 @ 5:00 pm - 8:30 pm GMT

For the occasion of International Women’s Day, ILA held a meeting at St John’s Church in Notting Hill on 11 March 2017. Participants enjoyed a range of talks, videos and live music plus the opportunity to see an exhibition of 165 years of women’s struggle for equal rights in Iran. Rana Rahmani was the host and she also entertained the audience with playing famous Persian tunes on piano. Rosa Conrad played the ukulele and sang beautiful songs. Also on stage…

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February 2017

Social Evening in Oxford

18th February 2017 @ 5:00 pm - 8:30 pm GMT

On 18 February 2017 we had our social evening in Oxford. The event was hosted by Martin Todd who was both the MC and the musician. Speakers were Joan Williams, Robert Bowgen and Richard Rankin. Following are excerpts from the speeches: Joan: "I think it’s right sometimes to stop for a minute and rejoice, and literally thank God, because really to get these people out of Camp Liberty was something like a miracle; I think it really was, and we mustn’t…

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January 2017

Social Eveneing at Kingston

26th January 2017 @ 5:00 pm - 8:30 pm GMT

Our event in Kingston was full and we thank everyone who took part and particularly those friends who performed and/or talked and helped to organise the setup of the venue. The event was hosted by Gareth Lawrence who did an excellent job as MC. The speakers included Stephen Infield, Jack Hopkins and Peter Hodgson and music performance was done by Stephen Roche. Stephen Infield inspired everyone by presenting the videos he had taken while visiting Ashrafis in Tirana and explaining…

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