Month: January 2013

Free Al-Baz Now!

The Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain is outraged to learn about the arrest of Egyptian blogger and atheist Abdul Aziz Mohammed Al-Baz (also known as Ben Baz) in Kuwait for merely exercising his right to free expression, conscience and belief. He has been arrested since 2 January 2013 and charged with blasphemy. There will be a hearing on his case on 28 February 2013.

Al-Baz is in real danger. In May 2012, the Kuwaiti parliament passed new amendments to allow for cruel and inhuman penalties, including long-term imprisonment and death, for blasphemy. Only recently, a man was sentenced to ten years in prison for Twitter blasphemy.

The CEMB condemns the Kuwaiti government’s imprisonment of Al-Baz and calls on the government to immediately and unconditionally release him and all those being held on blasphemy charges.

For more information and to support his case:

Join the Facebook group for the campaign

Support the Facebook page for the campaign

Tweet #freebenbaz

Email Kuwait Ministry of Justice or Kuwait Higher Commission for Human Rights

Read more about him here.

For more information, go to:
Maryam Namazie
Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain
BM Box 1919, London WC1N 3XX, UK
tel: +44 (0) 7719166731

We need your urgent help in 2013

Dear friend

The Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain would like to take this opportunity to wish you a very happy New Year!

In the past year, in which we celebrated our 5th anniversary, we continued to challenge religious identity politics and Islamism, defend free expression of Muslims and Ex-Muslims alike, oppose blasphemy and apostasy laws, raise awareness, support thousands of ex-Muslims here and abroad, as well as create a new “home” for the many left without a social network after renouncing Islam via our web-forum, social gatherings and events.

In the coming year, we plan to do much more with your help.

As a matter of urgency we ask that you start the year by intervening on behalf of a number of urgent cases, including that of Zanyar and Loghman Moradi who face imminent execution in Iran for “enmity against god” and “corruption on earth”; Raif Badawi, Turki Al-Hamad and Hamza Kashgari who face blasphemy and apostasy charges in Saudi Arabia; and Alex Aan who remains in prison in Indonesia for “tarnishing Islam”.

In 2013, we will step up our support of ex-Muslims, free expression and secularism, encourage the establishment of more ex-Muslim groups and meet-ups such as the one recently established in the North, publish a report on the status of apostates internationally, organise a poster campaign, and raise awareness.

In the next few months, we will be speaking across the country and internationally on apostasy, sharia laws and rights, including in Leeds, Birmingham and Washington, DC. In addition to regular events planned by the Northern ex-Muslim group, we will hold the following social events in London: monthly Ex-Muslim women’s coffee mornings and meet-ups for apostate asylum seekers starting on 28 January, Evening Drinks with Sudanese ex-Muslim Nahla Mahmoud on 22 March, 9 May evening drinks with author Rumy Hassan, 15 June sixth anniversary luncheon with keynote speaker Kenan Malik, July 20 ex-Muslim picnic, 19 September evening drinks with philosopher Arif Ahmed, and events with Iranian Secular Society head Fariborz Pooya and CEMB spokesperson Maryam Namazie, amongst others, later in the year. You can find out more about upcoming events here.

We look forward to seeing you in 2013.

If you haven’t already, read member statements or join the CEMB here and join the active CEMB web-forum here.

Also, don’t forget to donate to our important work. Any amount helps and makes a huge difference in our fight against Islamism and in support of apostates and blasphemers worldwide.

Thanks again.

Best wishes


Maryam Namazie
Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain
BM Box 1919, London WC1N 3XX, UK
tel: +44 (0) 7719166731

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