Unions’ and activists’ Sudan solidarity conference takes place this Saturday

Ticket sales for in-person attendance at union-backed event close Friday

A union-backed conference addressing the Sudan war – which broke out in Sudan on 15 April and is a conflict between two factions of the military regime which seized power in October 2021, the Sudanese Armed Forces and the Rapid Support Forces militia – and its context, the plight of refugees and more takes place this Saturday in London. Supported by the NEU, UCU, Aslef and PCS unions and by the University of Khartoum Alumni Association, Sudanese Engineers and Doctors’ Unions in the UK and other groups, the agenda for the event is:

  • 11:00 – 11:30 Doors open, refreshments and networking
  • 11:30 – 12:45 Opening plenary: The war in Sudan and its international context
    The war’s eruption in April 2023 follows a military coup in October 2021 and a long struggle for democracy through the popular revolution which began in 2018. What role have external powers, including the British government, played in this crisis?
  • 12:45 – 13:30 Lunch break
  • 13:30 – 14:45 Workshop 1: Safe passage now – refugees and migrants welcome
    Reports on the campaign for safe and legal routes for those fleeing war in Sudan including refugees and those seeking temporary protection. Building support for the parliamentary petition calling for…
  • 13:30 – 14:45 Workshop 2: Health services on the frontline
    The health system is under attack from both generals while the war is having a devastating physical and psychological impact. What can we learn from emergency organising by resistance committees and unions to provide health care and support health infrastructure?
  • 13:30 – 14:45 Workshop 3: Education and cultural heritage under fire
    What has been the effect of the war on education (universities and schools) and how have cultural heritage institutions been impacted? Educators and cultural heritage sector workers share their perspectives.
  • 14:45 – 15:00 Break
  • 15:00 – 16:30 Final plenary: Organising against war, building anti-racist solidarity
    How can Sudanese activists work with trade unions and the anti-racist and refugee solidarity movements in Britain to build a stronger solidarity campaign?

Speakers include:

  • Dr Sara Abdelgalil (Sudanese trade unionist and spokesperson for the Sudanese Professionals Association until August 2019)
  • Veronika Adam (Refugee solidarity campaigner)
  • Alaa Gilgal / Tarig Ahmed (Sudanese Engineers Union)
  • Dr Ismail Hamid (Sudan Heritage Protection Initiative)
  • Dr Justine Mercer (President, University and College Union – UCU)
  • Louise Regan (National Education Union (NEU), NEC member)
  • Emma Rose (National President, National Education Union – NEU)
  • Wafaa Salim (President, Khartoum University Alumni Association – UK and Ireland)
  • Khalid Sidahmed (MENA Solidarity)
  • Hector Wesley (National Executive Committee, PCS union – UK)
  • Mohaned Elnour (Sudanese Lawyers Democratic Front)
  • Sarah Richard (Academic secretary, Sudan Doctors Union – UK)
  • Naima Omar (Anti-racist activist, Stand Up To Racism)
  • Othaylat Suliman (Chairperson, Sudanese Journalists Forum in UK)
  • Plus speakers from Amnesty International (UK), Sudan Uprising Support Group, and others

The conference takes place at Hamilton HouseMabledon Place London WC1H 9BB. Tickets can be reserved here.

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