External Event - LSESU Debate on The Niqab (face veil)


THE VENUE  is 4.02 Clement House.




This is an External Event held by our friends at the LSESU Atheist, Secularist and Humanist Society. The debate is entitled, 'The Niqab: human right, security concern or symbol of oppression?'

Chetan Bhatt, Director of Centre for Human Rights at LSE will chair the debate. Maryam Namazie from the One Law for All and Adam Deen from the Deen Institute will be debating the topic.

The LSE AHS group would appreciate your support at the debate. As you may have heard they were recently threatened with eviction from the LSESU Freshers' Fair for wearing 'offensive' t-shirts. When they asked the LSESU officials, who demanded that they removed them, what rules or regulations they were in breach of they were told that the officials did not need to give reasons for removing students, or presumably t-shirts. 

After the incident Abishek Phadnis & Chris Moos of the AHS group released this statement as part of a more detailed account of the incident.

"As much as we respect and defend the rights of others to wear whatever they choose to wear, we claim this right for ourselves. Our right to free expression and participation in the LSE student community is being curtailed for no other reason than that we are expressing views that are not shared by others. The t-shirts are harmless satirical depictions of fictitious religious figures and certainly cannot be considered intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive to anyone by even the most stringent standards."

We hope you can attend and support the LSESE Atheist, Secularist and Humanist Society.

If you would like to sign a petition supporting them over the Fresher's incident there is a link below.


We will provide a link to the LSE site as soon as possible for this event. 

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  • Dina J.

    Turned up, waited half an hour in S75 (planned room) along with 3 others, no-one in reception to see whether it had been cancelled or not, no notice on door, checked emails to see if venue had been changed but nothing came up. Went home really cheesed off.

    October 15, 2013

    • Dina J.

      Hi Helen

      October 16, 2013

    • Dina J.

      Hi Helen, as I said, an email is no good to those who cannot pick them up some times during the day. 20% of those who said they were going to attend did not know the change of venue and missed the debate. A note on the door would have sufficed. Hope tonights meeting will be more successful.

      October 16, 2013

  • Dina J.

    Waited half an hour in room S75, no-one on reception or notice to say location had been moved so went home (along with 3 others) feeling very disappointed and annoyed at wasting my evening. Attempt to contact organiser by phone was unsuccessful.
    A late notification by email should not be relied upon to tell members of change of location - I do not "live" on my computer. A simple note on the door would have been more useful to those who turned up not knowing the location had changed.

    October 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Excellent evening - speakers were thought provoking and very entertaining

    October 15, 2013

  • Yasmin

    Hi, is there a meeting spot for this group before the start? or will we just go in on our own?

    October 15, 2013

    • Yasmin

      I'm fifth row from the back, in the middle. I can't see you in your pic on my phone

      October 15, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Sorry Yasmin this post didn't come through on my phone. We must have been sat very close to each other as I was also middle about 5 rows from back! :)

      October 15, 2013

  • Goranka G.

    I am coming and bringing a friend.

    October 15, 2013

  • Steve I.

    Can't make it but I have bought a 'Jesus and Mo' tea-shirt!

    1 · October 11, 2013

  • Fiona W.

    Would have been there but for a rehearsal I can't miss. I hope someone will tell me about it next day at the CLHG meeting at Conway Hall.

    October 6, 2013

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