Category: Press Releases

Dear Prime Minister,

Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain (CEMB) has been informed that members have received “Punish a Muslim” contest flyers. We are outraged at this clear incitement to violence and call on the government to take immediate action to investigate the origin of the letter and find and prosecute the perpetrators.

We have cancelled an event we are holding on the day for fear of the safety of our members and call on the government to ensure the safety of all minorities. Furthermore, we are concerned that the letter has been distributed up and down the country, as well as on social media.

CEMB continues to fight on several fronts – against the far-right of all stripes, including Islamism and white supremacists as well as for citizenship rights irrespective of beliefs or background.

Sadia Hameed and Maryam Namazie, CEMB
Gita Sahgal, Centre for Secular Space
Pragna Patel, Southall Black Sisters

Sunday 25 November 2018
Conference on Sharia, Segregation and Secularism
9:30am registration for 1030am start
Central London

Join notable secularists and veteran women’s rights campaigners for a conference on Sharia, Segregation and Secularism at a spectacular venue in central London on Sunday 25 November 2018.

The conference will raise key issues surrounding religious arbitration, the veil and gender segregation at schools and universities, including as part of the religious-Right’s assault on women’s rights. It will also highlight the voices of people on the frontlines of resistance, the gains made by secularists both in the UK and internationally, and the importance of secularism as a minimum precondition for equality. Challenges that secularists continue to face and priorities for continued collective action will also be addressed.

The conference will mark the tenth anniversary of the One Law for All Campaign for equality irrespective of background, beliefs and religions.

Confirmed Speakers (Biographies):

Afsana Lachaux
Ahlam Akram
Amina Lone
Beatrix Campbell
Diana Nammi
Elham Manea
Eve Sacks
Fariborz Pooya
Gina Khan
Gita Sahgal
Houzan Mahmoud
Inna Shevchenko
Marieme Helie Lucas
Maryam Namazie
Nadia El Fani
Nasreen Rehman
Peter Tatchell
Pragna Patel
Rahila Gupta
Rumana Hashem
Sadia Hameed
Victoria Gugenheim
Yasmin Rehman

Tickets can be purchased here.  Conference venue will be given to ticket holders closer to the date of the event. Please note that tickets cannot be bought at the door and must be purchased prior to the event.

More information on the conference is available on its website.

Conference sponsors include: Bread and Roses TV; Center for Inquiry; Centre for Secular Space; Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain; Culture Project; Equal Rights Now; Fitnah; National Secular Society; One Law for All; Southall Black Sisters; and Secularism is a Women’s Issue.

For more information, please contact Maryam Namazie, [email protected]

Say No to Quran 4:34 – #Quran434NoMore

To mark 25 November, International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, ex-Muslims from CEMB, Atheist Republic, Ex-Muslims of Jordan, Muslimish and other groups called for the rejection of verse 4:34 in the Quran which promotes violence against women.

There is no place for inciting violence against women even if it is based on religious text. The Quran is no exception.

Religiously sanctioned violence against women is still violence against women.

Say No to Quran 4:34. #Quran434NoMore

Reject this verse.


The Council of Ex-Muslims of Germany held a successful 10th anniversary celebration in collaboration with and Giordano Bruno Society on 17 November 2017 in Cologne, Germany. A video commemorating ten years can be seen below as can photos of the event. Speakers included German Council founders Mina Ahadi and Arzu Toker, Michael Schmidt-Salomon of Giordano Bruno Stiftung, CEMB spokesperson Maryam Namazie, Saudi ex-Muslim Rana Ahmed, contemporary dancer Atoosa Farahmand and Iranian musician Shahin Najafi.

The Future belongs to blasphemers

International Blasphemy Day has just past. Watch this inspiring video made by ex-Muslims in various countries: The Future Belongs to Blasphemers.

Also see the world’s first group bodypaint captured by both ground and drone in solidarity with ex-Muslims.

Some will ask why we must celebrate blasphemy when it is “hurtful” and “offends”.

The answer is simple:

Because people can be killed for blaspheming and human life is more important than hurt sensibilities and offence.

As the Jordanian atheist, Mohammed Al Khadra said at the largest gathering of ex-Muslims in history, “Where are your priorities? While we die, you are all thinking about Islamophobia?

Islamophobia is a political term used to scaremonger people into silence; it imposes de facto blasphemy and apostasy laws where none exist. Where such laws exist, there are no accusations of “Islamophobia” but rather imprisonment, persecution and execution.

Another speaker at the July conference, Zineb El Rhazoui, who survived the attack on Charlie Hebdo because she was back in Morocco says “the right to blasphemy [marks] the boundary between barbarism and civilisation.”

As the new edition of CEMB’s publication: “The Political and Legal Status of Apostates in Islam” shows, it is especially dangerous for ex-Muslims living under Sharia.

CEMB is organising a protest at the Pakistani and Iranian embassies in London on 10 November to highlight a number of cases facing the death penalty such as that of Sina Dehghan, Soheil Arabi and Ayaz Nizami.

We are also campaigning for activists like Iraqi atheist Karrar Al Afsoor who has fled to Greece where he is being detained in awful conditions.

Despite the targeted persecution and slaughter of freethinkers, though, it is we who are still being blamed for the threats we receive and even when we are murdered – like the woman whose rape is blamed on the length of her skirt.

We are outrageously even compared to Nazis for marching for LGBT and ex-Muslim rights at Pride in London by “progressives” who prefer to side with Islam and Islamism than with dissenters. [As an aside, Pride in London is still deciding whether to allow CEMB back at Pride next year given complaints(!) by the homophobic East London Mosque. CEMB has called on Pride to do the right thing.]

Spokesperson Maryam Namazie exposed the hypocrisy, double standards and racism of lower expectations at the 40th convention of the Freedom from Religion Foundation when she accepted the Freedom from Religious Fundamentalism award.

Thankfully, there are many who continue to support our work and the right to freedom of conscience and expression. This support has meant a great deal to us and enabled us to continue the important work we do.

Please continue to support us via donations (no matter how small), volunteering your skills (we especially need help with film editing and graphic design), as well as attending our protests and events. Sadia Hameed and Maryam are speaking at a number of events in Belgrade, Cambridge, Koln, Massachusetts, Melbourne, Nottingham, Pennsylvania and Rome.

In London, at our monthly meet-ups, we have everything from an ex-Muslim art workshop to “coming out parties” for ex-Muslims who decide to go public.

We hope you can join us at some of our events, including our 10 December End-Year event with food, drinks, speeches, music and dancing. Get your tickets to join us as soon as you can.

By the way, Deeyah Khan’s film, Islam’s Nonbelievers, which was about the work of CEMB and the situation of ex-Muslims in Britain and internationally has been shortlisted for the Asian Media Awards in Investigative Journalism.

Thanks again for your support.

Looking forward to hearing from you or seeing you at some of our events.

Warmest wishes

Maryam Namazie
Sadia Hameed
BM Box 1919
London, WC1N 3XX
United Kingdom
[email protected]

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