Peace activist Maya Evans – who took the Government to the High Court last year over its complicity in the torture of Afghan detainees – travelled to Afghanistan this Christmas with Voices for Creative Nonviolence (

Whilst there 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 (

She is also met refugees from the war who are currently living in the capital as well as some of those who have been affected by NATO night raids and drone strikes.


Maya is believed to be the first British peace activist to visit Afghanistan since the 2001 invasion. While she is in Afghanistan she will be blogging at


Now returned, Maya will be speaking to groups throughout the UK. If you would like to invite her to speak to your group then please contact

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.


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;


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