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JNV Delegation to Kabul December 2011-January 2012

Maya Evans of Justice Not Vengeance visited Kabul on what we believe to be the first Briish peace movement delegation to the country since the US/UK invasion in October 2001. The delegation was organised by the US peace group Voices for Creative Nonviolence, and hosted by Afghan Youth Peace Volunteers.

The JNV delegation was funded by generous grants and by JNV supporters responding to an email appeal. Please sign up here to receive further reports from JNV.

Maya blogged during her delegation on the From Hastings to Kabul website. Below are the posts from that site.

Maya's writings

16 December 2011 Stranded in London

17 December 2011 Arriving in Kabul

18 December 2011 Maya's birthday in Kabul

19 December 2011 Forgiving the Taliban

23 December 2011 Meeting Afghan Justice Seekers

2 January 2012 Tea for Peace

3 January 2012 Visiting an Afghan Refugee Camp in Kabul

Speaking tour 2012

During 2012, Maya will be speaking around the UK. If you would like to invite her to speak to your group then please contact her tour organisers.

Please include:

- a phone number as well as an e-mail
- the name of the town where the event would take place (and the name of the nearest public transport hub, if this is not the same)
- an estimate of how many people you expect to attend the event
- a list of possible dates (starting from 9 January) on which you would be able to host an event with her

Please note that Maya is based in Hastings, so groups that are more than a few hours travel away will be expected to provide accommodation and vegan food. Groups will also be asked to pay Maya’s travel expenses, though we hope to be able to cap these at no more than £50.

Donations welcome

JNV is very grateful to everyone who contributed to Maya's delegation costs. If you are able to make a financial contribution towards Maya’s speaking tour and Afghan campaigning activities, she would be very grateful for your support. You can send a cheque, made out to ‘JNV’ (please write ‘Afghanistan’ on the back) to JNV, 29 Gensing Road, St Leonards on Sea, East Sussex TN38 0HE.

Alternatively you can make a bank transfer using the details below. If you choose to do this then please email us at JNV at to let us know that you’ve made a donation and that it's for Maya’s speaking tour and Afghan campaigning work.

Account name: Justice Not Vengeance
Account number: 78520921
Bank: Nationwide Building Society, 40 London Road, St Leonards-on-Sea,
East Sussex TN37 6AN
Sort code: 07-00-55

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 [1].

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 [2]. 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 [3].

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 [4].

[1] “MPs condemn arrest of woman who spoke out”, Daily Mail, 8 December 2005
[2] ”Partial victory’ in challenge to UK Taliban transfers’, BBC, 25 June 2010
[3] “Treatment of Conflict Related Detainees in Afghan Custody”, UNAMA, October 2011
[4] “Wikileaks killings: UK troops face legal challenge”, Channel 4 News, 2 August 2010