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Livestreaming on this page Thursday 9 September to Saturday 11 September 2021. See schedule below.

London, United Kingdom
Thursday 9 September to Saturday 11 September 2021

The People’s Tribunal on Crimes of Aggression: Afghanistan Sessions

A durational artistic tribunal built and run by impacted communities

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Thursday 9 September to Saturday 11 September 2021

The People’s Tribunal on Crimes of Aggression: Afghanistan Sessions is a durational artistic tribunal built and run by impacted communities. First-person testimonies, expert witnesses and physical evidence will be presented through performance in an effort to artistically shift the focus onto the crimes of the UK state and prove that the war in Afghanistan, a war referred to as ‘The Good War’, was a crime of aggression.

It is not only a diplomatic and mediative process, but a long overdue authentic community-run People’s Tribunal that aims to disrupt the Islamophobic narrative and the structurally racist pro-empire culture and values of militarism ever-present in British society.

The People’s Tribunal will take place Thrusday 9 September to Saturday 11 September 2021 to mark twenty years since the beginning of the War on Terror. You can watch one session, or all the sessions—as they will be streamed from London to this web page on HowlRound Theatre Commons.

Please note: this is taking place in the UK and so the times are not always watchable ‘live’ however, all sessions will also be archived here.

Follow #AghanistanSessions and @BEZNATheatre.

Sessions and future archives are as follows:

Thursday 9 September 2021

Trial Session 1: Swearing In, Opening statement & International Law
8 a.m.-10 a.m. EDT (New York, UTC -4) / 13:00-15:00 BST (London, UTC +1) / 14:00-16:00 CEST (Berlin, UTC +2)
This session will include testimony from Prof. Richard Falk & Dr Thomas McMacManus as well as outline the purpose for the People’s Tribunal.

Trial Session 2: Background on Afghanistan
12 p.m.-2 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC -4) / 17:00-19:00 BST (London, UTC +1) / 18:00-20:00 CEST (Berlin, UTC +2)
This session will include testimony written & performed by Monirah Hashemi & testimony constructed from the writings of Gulwali Passarlay.

Trial Session 3: Political reasonings
3 p.m.-4:30 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC -4) / 20:00-21:30 BST (London, UTC +1) / 21:00-22:30 CEST (Berlin, UTC +2)
This session will include testimony from Anonymous British Ambassador.

Friday 10 September 2021

Trial Session 4: Domestic Legislation
5 a.m.-7 a.m. EDT (New York, UTC -4) / 10:00-12:00 BST (London, UTC +1) / 11:00-13:00 CEST (Berlin, UTC +2)
This session will include testimony from Arzo Nawbahar, Asim Qureshi and Anonymous women.

Trial Session 5: Torture
8 a.m.-10 a.m. EDT (New York, UTC -4) / 13:00-15:00 BST (London, UTC +1) / 14:00-16:00 CEST (Berlin, UTC +2)
This session will include testimony from Moazzam Begg, Noor & those who wish to remain anonymous

Trial Session 6: Arms Trade
12 p.m.-2 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC -4) / 17:00-19:00 BST (London, UTC +1) / 18:00-20:00 CEST (Berlin, UTC +2)
This session will include testimony from Habib Ahmadi, Andrew Feinstein & Lawrence Wilkerson.

Evidence Session: Screening of Shadow World Film
3 p.m.-4:30 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC -4) / 20:00-21:30 BST (London, UTC +1) / 21:00-22:30 CEST (Berlin, UTC +2)
This session is a screening only, more information on the film.

Saturday 11 September 2021

Trial Session 7: Defense & Reality of Invasion
5 a.m.-7 a.m. EDT (New York, UTC -4) / 10:00-12:00 BST (London, UTC +1) / 11:00-13:00 CEST (Berlin, UTC +2)
This session will include testimony from Nivi Manchanda, as well as those written by Shala Nyx & Chris Thorpe.

Trial Session 8: Islamophobia, Treatment of refugees & Closing Statement
8 a.m.-10 a.m. EDT (New York, UTC -4) / 13:00-15:00 BST (London, UTC +1) / 14:00-16:00 CEST (Berlin, UTC +2)
This session includes testimony from Alexandra Mihalcea, Shah Jahan, Mirwaiz, Gulwali Passarlay & Dr. Monish Bhatia as well as the closing statement.

Verdict & Recommendations
12 p.m.-2 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC -4) / 17:00-18:00 BST (London, UTC +1) / 18:00-20:00 CEST (Berlin, UTC +2)

This is a collective effort:

Created by: BÉZNĂ Theatre (Sînziana Cojocărescu, Nico Vaccari, Claire Gilbert & Shala Nyx)

Researchers & Dramaturgs: Laura Disley, Catriona Gotz, Lare Ismail, Tanmeet Singh, Zuhalhan Kızıltuğ, Nina Prusac, Alice Cropper, Inuri Tennakoon, Xhulia Tepshi, and Lena Wammer Østgaard

Testimony from: Prof. Richard Falk, Dr Thomas McManus, Habib Ahmadi, Anonymous British Diplomat, Moazzam Begg, Andrew Feinstein, Lawrence Wilkerson, Nivi Manchanda, Monish Bhatia, Gulwali Passarlay, Asim Qureshi & others who wish to remain anonymous.

Panel includes: Malia Bouattia, Dr. Sanaa Alimia & Hany Rahimi

Commissioned writers for testimony: Shala Nyx, Monirah Hashemi, Gulwali Passarlay & Chris Thorpe

Cast: Shala Nyx, Lizzie Clarke, Sama Rantisi, iulia isar, more to be announced

Testimony & recording direction: Ala Buisir

Composer, Curator for About This Dark Time & Musical Supervisor: Kareem Samara

Assistant Director: Lora Krasteva

Clinical Psychologist: Nimisha Patel

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