Month: July 2013

Création d’un Conseil des ex-musulmans de France, various French media outlets, 6-9 July 2013

The launch of the Council of Ex-Muslims of France was covered by the media, including interviews for TV and radio. Some print coverage is below:

Le Conseil des ex-musulmans de France est né, La Regle du Jeu, 10 July 2013 [external link]

Interview exclusive de Waleed Al Husseini, fondateur du Conseil des ex-musulmans de France, Enquete and Debat, 9 July 2013 [external link]

Des athées marocains et algériens lancent un conseil des ex-musulmans de France, Slate Afrique, 8 July 2013 [external link]

Des athées marocains et algériens lancent un conseil des ex-musulmans de France, Le Mag de Morocco, 8 July 2013 [external link]

Islam : au nom de la tolerance, Le Point, 7 July 2013 [external link]

Des athées lancent un Conseil des ex-musulmans de France, Liberation, 6 July 2013 [external link]

Religion : création d’un Conseil des ex-musulmans de France, Le Parisien, 6 July 2013 [external link]

Des athées d’origine musulmane lancent un Conseil des ex-musulmans de France, Midi Libre, 6 July 2013 [external link]

Des athées d’origine musulmane lancent un Conseil des ex-musulmans de France, AFP, 6 July 2013 [external link]

Création du conseil des ex-musulmans, Le Figaro, 6 July 2013 [external link]

Ex-Muslims form first French council for non-believers, RFI English, 6 July 2013 [external link]

Successful launch of Council of Ex-Muslims of France

The Council of Ex-Muslims of France held a successful launch in Paris hosted by Femmes Solidaires on 6 July 2013.

The launch marked the torture and murder of young Frenchman Jean-François Lefevre de la Barre in 1766 for refusing to remove his hat while a religious procession passed by and was a reminder of the countless la Barres facing threats, torture, imprisonment and death for apostasy, blasphemy, heresy, atheism and refusing to comply with Islamist norms.

Speakers at the packed event included founding members of the Council of Ex-Muslims of France Waleed Al-Husseini; Atica Samrah; Mehdi Lamrani; Elias Ben Amer and Soad Baba Aïssa of Association pour la mixité, l’égalité et la laïcité en Algérie. Other speakers included Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain’s Maryam Namazie, Tunisian film-maker Nadia El-Fani; Secularist Caroline Fourest; Safia Lebdi of Insoumisses; activist Fatou Sou; Mimouna Hadham; and Marieme Helie Lucas of Secularism is a Woman’s Issue.

The speakers welcomed the establishment of the Council of Ex-Muslims of France as an important step in challenging Islamism and apostasy laws and defending free expression, freedom of belief and atheism and secularism. The organisation stressed its opposition to the far-Right, including groups like Riposte Laique, and defended citizenship rights and equality for all, including Muslims and migrants.

The Council of Ex-Muslims of France will join a movement begun by Mina Ahadi in Germany defending the right to apostasy and free expression.

For more information on the CEMF, visit the CEMF’s Facebook page.

Film footage of speeches, photos, and press coverage can be found below.

All speeches are in French, except for Maryam Namazie’s which is in English and Waleed Al-Husseini’s, which is in Arabic:


Welcome address by Soad Baba Aïssa, Femmes Solidaires


Waleed Al-Husseini, Founding Member


Nadia El-Fani, Filmmaker


Mehdi Lamrani, founding member


Elias Ben Amer, founding member


Atica Samrah, founding member


Maryam Namazie, Spokesperson, Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain


Soad Baba Aïssa, Association pour la mixité, l’égalité et la laïcité en Algérie


Caroline Fourest, Secularist Writer


Safia Lebdi, Insoumisses


Marieme Helie Lucas, Secularism is a Woman’s Issue


Maryam Namazie responds about far-Right, including Riposte Laique, Islam, Islamism and bigotry against Muslims


Reza Moradi


Waleed Al-Husseini’s closing address

The event was covered by the media, including interviews for TV and radio. Some print coverage is below:

Interview exclusive de Waleed Al Husseini, fondateur du Conseil des ex-musulmans de France, Enquete and Debat, 9 July 2013 [external link]

Des athées marocains et algériens lancent un conseil des ex-musulmans de France, Slate Afrique, 8 July 2013 [external link]

Des athées marocains et algériens lancent un conseil des ex-musulmans de France, Le Mag de Morocco, 8 July 2013 [external link]

Islam : au nom de la tolerance, Le Point, 7 July 2013 [external link]

Des athées lancent un Conseil des ex-musulmans de France, Liberation, 6 July 2013 [external link]

Religion : création d’un Conseil des ex-musulmans de France, Le Parisien, 6 July 2013 [external link]

Des athées d’origine musulmane lancent un Conseil des ex-musulmans de France, Midi Libre, 6 July 2013 [external link]

Des athées d’origine musulmane lancent un Conseil des ex-musulmans de France, AFP, 6 July 2013 [external link]

Création du conseil des ex-musulmans, Le Figaro, 6 July 2013 [external link]

Ex-Muslims form first French council for non-believers, RFI English, 6 July 2013 [external link]

You can see photos of the event here:

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Apostasy and Islam: Support the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain

Dear friend

For the past six years, the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain (CEMB) has been a “beacon of hope” for many.

As the first organisation of its kind, the CEMB has been established to break the taboo that comes with leaving Islam; highlight the problems ex-Muslims face; provide a network for support; raise awareness; and campaign for freedom of belief and expression, atheism and secularism and against apostasy and Sharia laws. According to Elle Quebec magazine, the launch of the ex-Muslim movement was ‘a real revolution.’

Our activities include assisting ex-Muslims (several thousand over the past 6 years) with their apostate asylum cases, finding safe houses and refuges for those fearful for their lives, as well as assisting against child abduction, honour crimes, forced marriages and more from countries including Afghanistan, Algeria, Bangladesh, Egypt, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Libya, Maldives, Pakistan, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, and UAE.

We have produced several educational materials, such as the ‘Guidelines for Ex-Muslims and Frontline Practitioners’ and ‘Apostasy and Asylum in the United Kingdom.’ The CEMB is currently working on an anthology on and by ex-Muslims and a report on the status of apostates internationally.

Our active web forum with over 3,000 members is particularly important in supporting ex-Muslims. It represents a safe space where ex-Muslims can come together to discuss their problems and help each other. The forum includes sections on health and wellbeing and gender and sexuality, a parents’ corner, a resource centre and more. It is known for exposing Islamists and Islamic laws, and publishes articles and videos debunking Islamic myths and claims, including “science in the Quran”.

CEMB is part of an international network of ex-Muslim organisations, including Muslimish in the USA, a Council in Morocco – the first in a country with Islam as its state religion, new groups in France and New Zealand, amongst others.

Help us to continue our important work: volunteer your skills; ‘Like’ our Facebook page; follow our Twitter account @CEMB_forum; join our events; and subscribe to our YouTube channel. Please donate if you can. No amount is too small and every bit helps.

As you well know, the issue of apostasy without a focus on Islam is irrelevant in this era as it is only Islam that kills its apostates due to Islamism’s access and influence. The CEMB is an important challenge to this regressive movement.

Support us today.

Thank you.

Maryam Namazie
Nahla Mahmoud
Spokespersons

NOTES:

1. Launch of Council of Ex-Muslims of France

Join us for the launch of the Council of Ex-Muslims of France on Saturday 6 July 2013, 14.00-17.00 hours, Paris, France. Speakers include Palestinian blogger Waleed Al-Husseini, Tunisian Filmmaker Nadia El-Fani, Secularism is a Women’s Issue Coordinator Marieme Helie Lucas, and Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain’s Maryam Namazie.

PLEASE NOTE: You must register for the event at cafem1310@live.fr. If you are not registered, you will not be permitted entry. Space is limited.

2. Anthology of and by Ex-Muslims

Be part of the very first anthology of and by ex-Muslims. Share your story with the world. Help others like you. Tell the world you exist! 31 July 2013 is the deadline for submissions. Find out more here.

3. Report on 6th anniversary lunch of CEMB

The Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain (CEMB) held a successful 6th anniversary celebration luncheon in London on 15 June 2013. Guests heard from writer Kenan Malik, Centre for Secular Space Director Gita Sahgal, comedian Kate Smurthwaite, and CEMB co-Spokesperson Maryam Namazie. Magician Neil Edwards also performed. CEMB co-Spokesperson Nahla Mahmoud was Master of Ceremonies. Special guests present included Richard Dawkins. See videos of the event here.

4. For more information, contact:

Maryam Namazie
Nahla Mahmoud
Spokespersons
Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain
BM Box 1919, London WC1N 3XX, UK
tel: +44 (0) 7719166731
email: exmuslimcouncil@gmail.com
web: http://ex-muslim.org.uk/

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6th Anniversary Lunch Report

The Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain (CEMB) held a successful 6th anniversary celebration luncheon in London on 15 June 2013.

Guests heard from writer Kenan Malik, Centre for Secular Space Director Gita Sahgal, comedian Kate Smurthwaite, and CEMB co-Spokesperson Maryam Namazie. Magician Neil Edwards also performed. CEMB co-Spokesperson Nahla Mahmoud was Master of Ceremonies.

You can see the speeches and comedy act below:

Nahla Mahmoud’s speech

Kenan Malik’s speech

Gita Sahgal’s speech

Maryam Namazie’s speech

Kate Smurthwaite’s act

My Name is Iman

My story is long and it started 10 years ago. I know you are concerned with human rights issues and here is my side…do with it as you please.

I lived a horrible abused life in Saudi Arabia. I have a blog that describes it all. I came to Canada in 2003 on a medical scholarship to specialize in Anaesthesia. I was sent by the KFNGH (back then) in Riyadh. 2 years into my training I was sexually assaulted at a department held social event by another Saudi Anaesthesia trainee who was from the same hospital I was from.

I decided to not report the assault out of pure fear of my scholarship and position getting terminated by the Saudis. But I did go to the Anaesthesia department head here and informed him of what happened. No one understood my reluctance to inform authorities…as such I was disbelieved and no actions were taken by the hospital and department members here to prevent him from further harassing/intimidating me which he continued to do.

Finally, after a prolonged stress leave from the hospital I went to the police and informed the head of the Saudi Bureau here at the time (Dr Mitwalli) of the assault. Within 2 weeks I got a letter from the Attache as well as the Saudi minister of higher education both terminating my position as well as funding followed by a 200,000 dollar bill for money they believe I owe them for the terminated scholarship.

I refused to go back and I refused to pay. Meanwhile I met my Canadian husband, married him and immigrated.

I went to the humans right commission with a complaint against the hospital, the Saudi attache and the man who assaulted me. I also was following up with the police while trying to go to school to start a new career in Massage therapy.

Over the next few years the police essentially forgot about my case (they dropped it) and ended up closing it allowing my attacker to walk free. I should probably tell you here that the Saudis did not terminate his position or funding. Only mine.

What happened with my human rights complaint? It was dismissed due to lack of evidence as the police were negligent in their job (I eventually received a 5 page apology letter from the police stating their negligence) and I still have it.

He got to finish his training and then he got to do a fellowship in Ottawa then he got to go back to Saudi to practice like a king. My career and life as I once knew them were ruined while he became a star. I suffered endlessly because of this injustice…financially, mentally, emotionally, socially…you name it.

My family, of course, disowned me as I have shamed the family name. Nothing new…

I went on with my life and I accepted all the injustice till February 2013 when I received a phone call from the police stating that the man who assaulted me is about to re-enter Canada and they wanted to know if I wanted to press charges. I said yes.

So, he entered Canada and was arrested only to be let go again as no charges had ever been laid against him. He has a Canadian lawyer now and we have a hearing date to face each other in court in early January 2014.

Why would he even bother attending this court case? Because his degree is Canadian, and if he does not show up and a guilty charge is handed over he will lose his lovely licence that he got from the Royal College here.

Why am I contacting you?

Aside from sharing my story, I am doing a fundraising campaign to help support my family (I have two young boys) during the trial stage. I have to travel and take unpaid time off work to face this person off in court. I want to have my day of say and I want that last shot at getting my own justice.

This is my campaign for those who wish to donate.

I have paid to so much and now I can lose no more…

So here it is. My story is before you.

Thank you for your time and thank you for your interest.

Iman Willoughby

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