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The DSF's Co-founder, Lady Olga Maitland
Welcome to The Defence and Security Forum

The Defence and Security Forum was founded by Lady Olga Maitland in 1983. It was originally a campaigning organisation known as Families for Defence launched to challenge the anti-nuclear protest movements such as CND. Families for Defence’s remit was to promote the NATO case for multilateral nuclear disarmament. In the course of doing so the purpose was to focus on the importance of a proper provision for the defence of the United Kingdom.

Major General Patrick Cordingley, our Chairman Our Keynote Topics

  • International Relations
  • Economics
  • Politics
  • Defence and Security

Syria: Report on the ‘Industrial Scale’ killing of detainees
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Sir Desmond de Silva QC was commissioned to lead an investigation of international lawyers into the evidence of ‘systemic killing’ of 11,000 detainees by Bashar Al Assad’s security forces. These came to light through a cache of evidence smuggled out of the country. Most of the victims were emaciated, bloodstained and bore signs of torture. 
The results of the analysis and subsequent report were presented to the Geneva 11 peace conference, the UN, governments and human rights groups.  
Sir Desmond will talk through his findings and report back on the outcome of the Report at the Geneva Peace Conference.

Date: Wednesday 26th March 2014

Venue: Dinner at 21 Cloudesley Street, London, N1 0HX.

Dress Code: Black tie.

Time: 7.30 for 8 pm.

Ticket Price: 60pp made payable to the Defence and Security Forum and posted to 21 Cloudesley Street, London, N1 OHX.

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A DSF speaker. Lady Olga Maitland talking to delegates. A DSF speaker
Delegates enjoying the debate. Lady Olga Maitland chatting to a delegate. Cordingley

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