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A Birmingham visit by Maya Evans, peace activist
Maya Evans travelled to Afghanistan last Christmas with Voices for Creative Nonviolence and her talk will focus on this and on the work she has done in the UK courts to hold the UK government to account for its actions in Afghanistan.
Whilst in Afghanistan she met with Afghan human rights activists and took part in an international “Global Day of Listening” on 21 December with peace activists from Afghanistan, Iraq, Palestine and Libya.
The Peace Committee Central England Quaker spokesperson said that, “We are delighted to welcome Maya to Birmingham to tell us about her experiences.”
About Maya Evans
In October 2005 Maya Evans was arrested for reading out the names of British soldiers who had died as a result of the war in Iraq, opposite the Cenotaph. In December 2005 she became the first person to be convicted of participating in an “unauthorized” demonstration within 1km of Parliament.
In 2007 Liberty awarded her their annual Peter Duffy Award “for her campaigning work and commitment to the cause of liberty” and “courage in standing up for our fundamental rights to peaceful protest and freedom of speech”.
In June 2010 she won “a partial victory” in the High Court, when it ruled that Afghans detained by British forces could no longer be transferred to a detention centre in Kabul run by Afghanistan’s intelligence agency (NDS), because of the risk of torture. Since then, the UN has found compelling evidence of systematic torture in five facilities run by the NDS – including at least one facility deemed safe for detainee transfers by the High Court.
She is the author of the book “Naming the Dead: A Serious Crime”, and is currently involved in a bid to take the Ministry of Defence to court over alleged civilian killings by British forces in Afghanistan.