Under Siege: The Persecution of Minorities in the Middle East

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Under Siege: The Persecution of Minorities in the Middle East

13 September @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

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The Middle East remains one of the most tumultuous regions in the world today, with its many ethnic and religious minorities often suffering more than most. Every day millions of people in that region suffer from persecution at the hands of tyrannical regimes and militant groups. While the West often turns a blind eye, atrocities are being perpetrated and murderous campaigns are taking place, forcing people to flee their ancestral homelands in fear of their lives.

With the eruption of sectarian conflicts in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen and Libya to name but a few, and the rise of Islamic State and other Islamist militants, millions have been displaced as they attempted to flee persecution, torture and murder for simply belonging to a minority or ethnic group. This pattern has been witnessed before in the Middle East, and the region is no stranger to these tragedies. Over past decades Jews, Christians, Kurds, Yazidis and numerous Arab minorities have been displaced and seen their communities devastated. There is still no end to this cycle.

By kind invitation of John Howell OBE MP, the Henry Jackson Society is pleased to invite you to hear first-hand accounts from distinguished representatives of the Yazidi, Druze, Jewish and Assyrian Christian communities, as we shed light on and consider a response to the persecution of religious minorities and ethnic groups in the Middle East.

Speakers

Lyn Julius is the author of Uprooted: How 3,000 years of Jewish Civilisation in the Arab World Vanished Overnight (Vallentine Mitchell). She is a journalist, blogger and co-founder of Harif, an association of Jews from the Middle East and North Africa in the UK.

Amir Khnifess is the Chairman of the Institute for Druze Studies. Amir was awarded his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in the history of the Middle East and political science by the University of Haifa. He subsequently earned a master’s degree in government from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and a doctorate from the University of London, SOAS. In addition to his research Amir taught Politics of the Middle East at SOAS. He is currently writing a book titled: The Struggle for Palestine and Druze Politics of Silence.

Nineb Lamassu is a Research Assistant at the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Cambridge. Born in Iraq, Nineb is a Christian of Assyrian heritage. Lamassu holds a BA in Ancient Near Eastern Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies, a Masters of Philosophy in Modern Assyrian Language from the University of Cambridge and he is currently studying for a PhD. Nineb is Executive Director of Assyrian Language and Culture Trust, Chief Editor of Ashlay Nissaba Journal and Board Member of Nineveh Centre for Development and Progress.

Dr Leyla Ferman is Co-President of the Yazidi Federation of Europe. Dr. Ferman was born in Germany, into a Ezidi/Kurdish family. She studied Political Science at Leibniz University Hannover. She completed her degree with an MA on ‘Feodalism in Iraq’, published 2009. After graduating from University, Ms Ferman worked as a volunteer at ZEIT Foundation in Hamburg at the ‘International Relations’ department. She completed her PhD and published her dissertation in 2014: ‘Decentralisation and Ethnic Conflict: Kurdish Question and Local Level in Turkey’. She is the co-founder of The Platform for Struggle of Women Held in Captivity. Dr Ferman is currently contributing to preparations for the first world congress of Yazidis.

 

Cllr. Mohammed Bakhtiar Councillor Mohammed Bakhtiar is the Deputy Mayor of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. He was first elected in May 2014 and he is an active member of the Kurdish community in the UK. Mohammed is a freelance interpreter, working in Arabic, Kurdish and English. He also helps the Kurdish community and works with an Iraqi organisation for war veterans, assisting with their meetings and fundraising. The Grenfell Tower tragedy played a major role in pushing Bakhtiar towards undertaking more community work, and he is dedicated towards changing local council policies to engage the council better with the borough residents.

Details

Date:
13 September
Time:
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Cost:
Free

Organiser

Henry Jackson Society
Phone:
+44 (0) 20 7340 4520
Email:
rsvp@henryjacksonsociety.org

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SPEAKER
Lyn Julius, Amir Khnifness, Nineb Lamassu, Dr Leyla Ferman and Cllr. Mohammed Bakhtiar
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