British state and non-state actors use a variety of methods to suppress the democratic mobilising of those working for progressive causes, with a particular focus on migrant and BAME communities and international solidarity activists.
How are neoconservative forces and the far right organising to undermine democratic rights and freedoms, and how can we struggle against these infringements together? Come and hear from human rights lawyers, researchers, and activists working on Kurdistan, Palestine, India, the Gulf and beyond about the use of Prevent, anti-terror laws and the role of Britain’s foreign allegiances in targeting those working for liberation.
Elif Sarican is an activist in the Kurdish Women's Movement and former UK Coordinator of the Kurdistan Students Union. She is an advisor to the Freedom For Ocalan UK Trade Union Campaign. Elif is an anthropologist at the London School of Economics
Anti-racist activist and co-founder of the Labour Campaign Against Prevent. She is currently researching for a PhD on Twentieth Century global anticolonial movements.
Kevin Blowe is a founding member of the Network for Police Monitoring (Netpol) and has been its coordinator since 2014. Netpol campaigns against excessive, intimidating or violent policing and in particular the 'chilling effect' of intensive police surveillance on the freedom to protest.
Omar Barghouti is a Palestinian human rights defender, co-founder of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement
Nisha Kapoor is a lecturer at the Sociology Department of Warwick University. She works on racism and the security state, looking at issues ranging from immigration, citizenship, criminalisation and Islamophobia. She is the author of Deport, Deprive, Extradite: 21st Century State Extremism.
Nik Matheou is a radical social historian and a solidarity organiser with the Kurdish Freedom Movement. He's a member of Plan C, and organises with London Kurdistan Solidarity, part of the UK wide Kurdistan Solidarity Network and international platform RiseUp4Rojava.