Writers & Publishers @ Freedom Book Fair

The Hague Peace Projects is organizing “The Hague Freedom Book Fair 2017” from 24th until 27th of February in order to peacefully fight for an essential human right – freedom of expression – and show our deepest solidarity to people who are putting their lives on the line for it.

During the Freedom Book Fair we will present books and publications from all over the world, related to the topic of freedom of expression. The Book Fair is open every day from 1 pm until the last event.

We are proud to present books from writers and publishers all over the world. Banned books from Turkey, work from Bangladeshi writers in exile, Somali publishers, Dutch books related to freedom of expression and much much more! Take a look at the website of the Freedom Book Fair to get an idea and visit our Book Fair, from 24 till 27 February from 1 PM till our last event!

Freedom of Expression in Bangladesh


The discussion “Freedom of Expression, Dialogue and Conflict Resolution in Bangladesh” is part of The Hague Freedom Book Fair 2017. This event will take place at Monday 27 February from 6:30 until 8:30 at the Nutshuis, Riviermarkt 5, Den Haag.

For the last few years, Bangladesh is facing unprecedented crisis of democracy and freedom of expression. Human rights violations have reached sky high. The country is now deeply divided in ideological and political line. After the 2014 troubled national election, the country has become effectively a one party regime. On the other hand rise of radical forms of Islamism, terrorism and violent tactics of some of the government opposition have made the country both unstable and also provided legitimacy to the iron rule of the current regime. An increasing conflict between the Secularists and Islamists that claimed many lives also provided opportunity to the Government in passing several draconian censorship laws. Murder of secular writers, police crackdown on bloggers, activists, writers, publishers, ban on books, newspapers and other forms of media have become regularity. With the conflict between religious, ethnic and political lines escalating, and with the arrival of international terrorist outfits such as Al Qaeda and ISIS, diversity of ideas, opinions and origin have never faced a stiffer challenge in the history of the country. How do we want to shape the future of our country?

The panel consists op the following speakers:
Sultana Kamal
Kaberi Gayen
Rafida Ahmed

You are very welcome to join the discussion! Entrance is free but registration required.

See more about The Hague Freedom Book Fair 2017:https://www.facebook.com/events/1229206560520102/

Freedom Book Fair: Voices of Dissent in Bangladesh

fb-event-cover-photo-bangladesh-voices-of-dissentThe discussion “Voices of Dissent; Persecuted Non-Religiosity and Threatened Religious Diversity in Bangladesh” is part of The Hague Freedom Book Fair 2017. This event is organised by The Hague Peace Projects, Mukto-Mona and Humanistisch Verbond. It will take place at Sunday 26 February from 3 PM to 5:30 PM at Nutshuis, Riviervismarkt 5 Den Haag.

Bangladesh is a secular Muslim country. However, citizens who have questioned religion, have recurrently been targeted by Islamic extremists. For bloggers, intellectuals and writers who have openly critiqued religious conservatism in their writings, the consequences were severe. Since 2013, there have been deaths of dozens of bloggers and activists, to name a few, Rajshahi University professor AKM Shafiul Islam, literary publisher Faisal Arefin Dipan, and bloggers Avijit Roy, Oyasiqur Rahman Bubu, Ananta Bijoy Das and Niloy Neel. The death of these bloggers and activists not only caused grief but also created a well-connected community of Bangladeshi bloggers who seek for constitutional change in Bangladesh. The need for change is necessary from the core of Bangladesh citizens, democracy and for the safety of those who are putting their lives on the line for freedom of expression.

This event is a commemoration in solidarity with the Bangladeshi people who died because of their critical stance.

Bob Churchill – IHEU (moderator)
Caroline Suransky- Humanistisch Verbond
Olof Blomqvist – Amnesty International

Documentary: Razor’s Edge made by Mukto-Mona.

You are welcome to join us. Entrance is free, but registration required.

See more about The Hague Freedom Book Fair 2017:www.freedombookfair.com

Film & Discussie: Wit is ook een kleur – SOLD OUT

wit-is-ook-een-kleur-flyerOp donderdag 2 maart 2017 nodigt Stichting YEDRA, in samenwerking met Pakuis de Règah en The Hague Peace Projects, filmmaakster Sunny Bergman uit om in gesprek te gaan over haar onlangs door de VPRO uitgezonden documentaire: ‘Wit is ook een kleur’.

Nadat Sunny Bergman een documentaire maakte over Zwart Piet (Zwart als Roet, 2014), kreeg ze veel bedreigingen en woede over zich heen. Na het maken van de documentaire vroeg zij zich af waar deze woede vandaan kwam en waarom mensen zich verongelijkt voelen of zelfs boos worden als het over racisme en witte privileges gaat. ‘Wit is ook een kleur’ is het resultaat van deze zoektocht.

Na alle commotie rondom de uitzending van ‘Wit is ook een kleur’, was het voor Stichting YEDRA duidelijk dat Nederland nog niet uitgepraat is over dit onderwerp en vanuit deze gedachte is het idee voor het evenement ontstaan. Op de avond is er ook een panel aanwezig om de discussie aan te zwengelen. Dit panel bestaat uit prominente figuren binnen het diversiteitsdebat, namelijk: Mounir Samuel, Aminata Cairo, Tayfun Balçik en Nordin Tahboun. Het eerste deel van de avond bestaat uit de vertoning van de documentaire, het tweede deel van de avond is gereserveerd voor discussie.

Stichting YEDRA, initiatiefnemer van het evenement samen met The Hague Peace Projects (HPP) en Pakhuis de Règah, ontstond 10 jaar geleden en maakte in december 2016 een doorstart als burgerinitiatief met als doel een platform te bieden voor dialoog en verbinding. YEDRA wil no-nonsense evenementen organiseren waaraan iedereen deel kan nemen en probeert laagdrempelig en inclusief te zijn voor alle Nederlanders.

Datum: 2 maart 2017
Tijd: Inloop 19:00, Start Programma: 19:30
Locatie: Het Nutshuis, Riviervismarkt 5, Den Haag

Deelname is gratis, graag wel van tevoren aanmelden 
Dit event is georganiseerd door The Hague Peace Projects en YEDRA


Freedom Book Fair: Somali Poetry Night – SOLD OUT

somali-poetry-pngPeace and War through Spoken Word

From Sayid Abdullah also known as the Mad Mullah by the British, to modern day poets as Hadraawi and Idaajaa, all have used poetry as the main method of communication in times of War and Peace.

This evening we will talk about the various forms and uses poetry has in bringing together a community. We will certainly not just talk, but mostly enjoy different forms of poetry such as Gabay, Geraar, Buraanbur, Heeso and much more. No idea what those are? All the more reason to come and be properly introduced to Somali Poetry!

Where: Nutshuis, Riviervismarkt 5, Den Haag
When: 24 February
What time: 9PM – 11PM


Zaynab A J Dahir: Educationalist and author of several children books and educational books. Zaynab is an activist and promoter of the Somali language among Somali children raised in the UK. She runs her own organisation, Galool Somali, which publishes teaching materials for learning Somali.

Abdirahman Mohammed Abtidoon: Abtidoon is a promoter and an activist of the Somali language, art, storytelling and educationist as well as the writer of several books. He is an avid linguist and grammarian as well poetry reader.


Susu Amina
Malique Mohamud
Qali Nur

Entrance is free, but registration is required.

Check this website for more information about the Freedom Book Fair The Hague

Publicist with books available on the Book Fair:

Looh Press aims to provide excellent selection of Islamic/African Studies books, with special focus on Somali Studies. Our special mission is to provide high quality literature on the history, culture, politics of the Somalis. At Looh Press we have a motto of preserving the classics by reprinting and representing to a modern generation. History is not only in the past for us, it is here, in the now. In the Islamic Studies field, we provide some of the best publications of some of the best books in the Islamic Sciences, focusing on the classical text with a modern editorial touch.

Looh Press is a  small press with self funded publications and was founded by Mohammed Abdullah Artan. For further details please contact them at Admin@LoohPress.com

Challenges of LGBT-Activism in Religious Societies

fb-event-cover-photo-lgbtThe discussion “Challenges of LGBT-Activism in Religious Societies” is part of The Hague Freedom Book Fair 2017. This event is organised is cooperation with The Hague Peace Projects and Maruf.
Where: Nutshuis, Riviervismarkt 5, Den Haag
When: Satyrday 26 February
What time: 7PM – 9PM
You are very welcome to join the discussion! Entrance is free but registration is required.
The reason to organize this panel discussion was the recent killings of LGT activist in Bangladesh by Al-Qaeda as well as the arrest of members of the organization ‘Boys of Bangladesh’ for organizing a Rainbow Rally. These event however, are not isolated incidents. In many religious societies LGTBI people are facing intolerance and a shrinking civic space.

In many Muslim countries, The LGBT-rights movement is being painted as an anti-Islamic western conspiracy to destroy Islamic moral values by the Islamic extremists; as if homo-sexuality never existed in the Muslim world. Also in traditional christian societies, homosexuals and transgenders are facing enormous challenges and existential crisis.

In this event we want to discuss the current challenges of rising intolerance all over the world and its effect on the LGBTI movements. We want to counter the essentialization of Islam and Muslim culture as homophobic so that the Muslim LGBTI do not become more estranged from their own culture. What spaces and loopholes do exist to use existing social tolerance in the world to promote LGBT rights?

Speakers are from Bangladesh and Uganda. Names will be announced soon!