Defend freedom of conscience and expression
We are writing to give you a brief update on our work.
Islam’s Non Believers
If you haven’t already seen it, watch Islam’s Non Believers, a new documentary by award-winning filmmaker Deeyah Khan. It’s a stunning in-depth look into the CEMB and the situation of ex-Muslims in Britain and internationally.
See some media coverage around the film, including “Blaming the Victim” and on how long-term shunning of ex-Muslims – promoted by Muslim Association of Britain President Omer El Hamdoon in the film – amounts to psychological torture.
In light of increasing attacks on CEMB after the film’s broadcast, we are asking for a public defence of ex-Muslims and the rights to conscience and expression, which can be signed onto here.
Charity Commission must revoke status of iERA
The Charity Commission has spent three years investigating the Islamic Education and Research Academy (iERA), including its financial mismanagement and extremist speakers and partnerships, which were highlighted in the CEMB report “Evangelising Hate”; the Commission confirms our findings. However, rather than revoke the organisation’s charity status, it has confined itself to procedural and risk management “solutions” despite ample evidence that the iERA is not a charity but a hate group, whose speakers say LGBT and ex-Muslims – amongst others – deserve to be killed. Read our full statement here.
Namazie wins International Secularism (Laicite) Prize
CEMB Spokesperson Maryam Namazie was awarded the 2016 International Secularism (Laicite) Prize from the Comité Laïcité République in Paris on 2 November 2016. Watch her acceptance speech: “Secularism: our lives depend on it“.
16 December film viewing with Maryam Namazie and Sadia Hameed and January 2017 celebration
CEMB has had to cancel a number of monthly meet-ups in London after having been pushed out of its usual venue; we are now looking for an alternative space. Until then, we will hold a film screening of Islam’s Non Believers with Spokespersons Maryam Namazie and Sadia Hameed on 16 December from 7-9pm near Paddington station. If you want to attend, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
In mid-January, CEMB will celebrate the new year with a DJ; details will be posted on our website soon.
22-23 July 2017 International Conference on Freedom of Conscience and Expression
Don’t forget to buy tickets for the historic international conference on freedom of conscience and expression being held during 22-23 July 2017. Get your tickets soon as no tickets will be sold at the door and space is limited. It will be the largest international gathering of ex-Muslims. Speakers include: Egyptian Feminist Activist Aliaa Magda Elmahdy; Writer Bonya Ahmed; Filmmaker Deeyah Khan; Author Djemila Benhabib; Iraqi Founder of Global Secular Humanist Movement Faisal Saeed Al Mutar; Playwright Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti; FEMEN Leader Inna Shevchenko; Egyptian Founder of Black Ducks Talk Show Ismail Mohamed; American Theoretical Physicist and Cosmologist Lawrence M Krauss; Filmmaker Nadia El Fani; Scientist Richard Dawkins; Palestinian Founder of Council of Ex-Muslims of France Waleed Al Husseini; Atheism Association of Turkey Activist Zehra Pala; Moroccan-born Columnist for Charlie Hebdo Zineb El Rhazoui and many more wonderful speakers. See the full list of here.
Sadia Hameed has joined the CEMB as a Spokesperson
CEMB is pleased that Sadia Hameed has joined as Spokesperson. She was featured in Islam’s Non Believers and is a human rights activist and Honour Based Violence, Forced Marriage and FGM Consultant.
Please take some time to volunteer with us if you have time to spare. If you can, donate to our organisation. No amount is too small and much of what we do has been made possible with your donations. You can donate to CEMB here.
Thanks again for all your support; a special thanks to those who donate on a monthly basis. We hope to see you at some of our events.
Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain
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