Tonight, the Centre for Secular Space is hosting a conversation on the Bangladesh Genocide: What Human Rights, Anti-racist and Peace Organisations won’t tell you.

Gita Sahgal, co-founder of the Centre for Secular Space talks to Dr Ghayasuddin Siddiqui (former Islamist, now Muslim reformer) and Asif Munier (pro-Jonmo 71, children of the Martyrs of the Liberation War) about the survivors’ campaign for justice, genocide denial and the promotion of the Jamaat-e -Islami in Britain to the detriment of secular Muslims and ex-Muslims.

Here is more information on the event:

Date: 27 November 2012
Time: 7:00 PM- 9:00pm
Venue: SOAS, Russell Square College Buildings
Room: Khalili Lecture Theatre

To register please email



  1. Though the innovative downstairs menu is without a doubt outstanding, I dislike that the upstairs palate has been lower to bar foodstuff. It used to have got a greater quantity of choices and wasn’t mainly focused on heavy/fried foodstuff.

  2. I hope that someone could organise another meeting about the Indonesian holocaust of 1965-66 and the role of the two main Islamic groups, the NUI and Muhammadiyya as well as Hindu religious leaders on Bali. We need to be reminded.

    1. Thanks to all for the interest in the meeting of the Centre for Secular Space.

      We had a very good discussion exploring the links between blasphemy and genocide with Dr Siddiqui, who has inside knowledge of Islamist movements and Asif Munier, whose father was killed by fundamentalist death squads in Bangladesh, and who had been campaigning for secularism.

      We will shortly be putting it up on Youtube.

    2. Hi RafiqMahmood,

      I like your suggestion about Indonesia. Do you have any knowledge of this area?

      I have heard of a project of reparation by young Muslims in Indonesia, which I will try and find out more about. Please let me know what sources of information you have. I assume that you are referring to mass slaughter in Indonesia of communists, secularists and so on.

  3. Sounds really interesting. Sadly, I’m pretty tired from a busy long weekend and not going anywhere tonight. I would second rafiqmahmood’s suggestion that it would be great to see a video of the event.

  4. Thanks for posting this Maryam.

    One of the issues we will be discussing is why blasphemy and apostasy are so seldom related to discussions of genocide. Blasphemy laws or fatwas are often the basis for targeting individuals and entire groups. Yet human rights organisations say they do not look ideology. If they avoid ideology, they cannot examine the question of intent when looking for evidence of genocide.


  5. I certainly hope it will be filmed and made available on YouTube. The truth really does need to come out. The Jamaat-i-Islami is a truly nasty piece of work and they should be exposed.

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