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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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September 2016

Social Gathering in Twickenham and North London on 16 and 29 September 2016

16th September 2016 @ 4:00 pm - 29th September 2016 @ 8:30 pm BST
Twickenham , London United Kingdom + Google Map

Our events in Twickenham and North London on 16 and 29 September were well received and the news of relocation of all Camp Liberty residents brought a festive mood to the events. Professor Sarah Chandler, Vice President of the Federation of European Bar Associations congratulated everyone on this great achievement and explained how she, as a member of The Law Society Council, has worked with her colleagues on this issue to make sure all the remaining residents are safe and…

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July 2016

Thank you for being there at our social gatherings in person or in spirit – July & August 2016

30th July 2016 @ 3:00 pm - 25th August 2016 @ 8:30 pm BST
London & Bristol United Kingdom + Google Map

Since our last newsletter we have had two events: one in London and one in Bristol. Please let us take this opportunity to thank everyone who was there in person or in spirit. We felt your presence at our side and we are very proud of you all.
Below you will see a selection of the contents of the talks as well as reflections about the events enhanced with photos of the two occasions.

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May 2016

Social Gathering In Cambridge-28 May 2016

28th May 2016 @ 5:00 pm - 8:30 pm BST
Unnamed Venue Oxford, United Kingdom + Google Map

The event had many contributors and in Cambridge beautifully played guitar from James Eisner and Edmund Whitcombe was enjoyed by us all. Below you will find extracts from speeches of supporters who shared their thoughts.

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