On June 9, CJFE is hosting our 2016 Annual General Meeting (AGM), followed by a public panel discussion. At the AGM, our members elect CJFE's Board of Directors and help make key strategic decisions that will guide the organization for the coming year.
After the meeting we are hosting a free panel discussion on a very important issue:
Members: stay tuned for more information about the AGM and your voting rights!
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Thursday, June 9, 2015
6:00 pm | Annual General Meeting (CJFE members only)
7:30 pm | Panel: The Crisis of Impunity Against Free Thinkers in Bangladesh
Rogers Communications Centre, Room 103
Ryerson University, 80 Gould St, Toronto
FREE! Complimentary hors d'oeuvres served at the AGM
Annual General Meeting
This members-only meeting will run from 6:00-7:00 p.m. We'll update you on CJFE's strategic vision, our incredible year, and our plans for future growth. We'll speak about projects on the horizon for next year, and most importantly, hold the election of our Board of Directors.
Complimentary hors d’oeuvres will be served.
Members have the right to vote by written proxy if located 50 kilometers or more from the meeting when it is held. Please let us know if you have appointed a proxy holder to attend and vote on your behalf by emailing [email protected]
PUBLIC PANEL DISCUSSION
The Crisis of Impunity for Crimes Against Free Thinkers in Bangladesh
So far in 2016, at least nine individuals have been targeted and violently killed in Bangladesh for exercising their right to free expression. It has becoming a shockingly regular occurrence to hear of bloggers, writers and activists found hacked to death in their homes or in the streets by Islamic militants. The Bangladeshi government's reaction has been almost entirely apathetic, with the Prime Minister blaming the victims for inciting their own murders by speaking out against majority opinion.
Why is this happening, and why does the Bangladeshi government allow these killers to act with impunity? Most importantly, what is the solution?
CJFE is proud to host experts and individuals at the forefront of the fight for justice in Bangladesh, as well as a Bangladeshi blogger who was forced to flee the country after threats to his life.
Stay tuned for more information about our panellists!
Featured Panellist: RAIHAN ABIR
There is no greater expert on impunity in Bangladesh than Raihan Abir.
Raihan is the editor of Mukto-mona, a Bangladeshi blog dedicated to freethinking and science. In 2015, he began to receive regular death threats, and several of his friends and colleagues in Bangladesh were hacked to death.
Raihan had to flee Bangladesh to ensure the safety of himself, his wife and their child. With the help of CJFE's Journalists in Distress Fund and a myriad of other organizations and individuals, Raihan and his family found refuge in Canada.