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You can now become a Council of Ex Muslims of Britain Patron which allows you to see behind the scenes during our campaigns along with other benefits depending on your chosen tier.

We are s fundraising for safe emergency accommodation for our clients.

CEMB is a support service for individuals who have left Islam (otherwise known as apostates and ex-Muslims). We also campaign against blasphemy and apostasy laws, rather we campaign for secularism and universal human rights.

A 2017 report by U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) found that Blasphemy laws were found in 71 countries from all regions of the world. However, even today the only countries in the world to punish blasphemy with a death sentence are Islamic countries. Furthermore, their report found that a majority of laws in countries that have blasphemy laws do not fully respect international standards of freedom of opinion and expression.

In 2018, World Alas reported that 23 Muslim majority countries still have apostasy laws, furthermore, 13 of those 13 countries have a death penalty for leaving Islam.

Leaving, criticising or even questioning Islam is a dangerous business indeed. We at CEMB support those brave individuals that dare to do as such.

In the last two years, CEMB’s caseload has doubled from supporting 300 ex-Muslims a month to 600 a month. CEMB supports individuals from over 70 countries around the world.

Becoming an ex Muslim can have the following consequences:
– Death
– Imprisonment (this could be in a state prison, but could also be families imprisoning Ex Muslims within their homes).
– Mob Lynching
– Forced Marriage
– Honour based abuse/domestic abuse
– Emotional abuse
– Psychological abuse
– Financial abuse
– Physical abuse
– Sexual abuse
– Honour killings
– Corrective rapes
– Coercive control
– Mental health issues
– Self-harm
– Suicidal thoughts/feelings/attempts, in some cases successful suicides
– Disownment/ostracization

In order to escape the risk of the above list, many ex Muslims leave home, some fleeing oppressive countries, others fleeing others fleeing oppressive families.

Leaving Islam for many results in the loss of everything and everyone that is familiar. In some cases, the families are the very ones to forcefully remove their loved ones from their homes and lives, leaving them with nothing.

This is where CEMB steps in to offer them to help and support them. In many cases that has also meant providing emergency accommodation in hotels for those that have been forced out of their families and communities, however this is not a sustainable long term solution, so we have decided to start fundraising for a dedicated refuge that would not only provide emergency housing, but would provide hands on support for the Ex Muslims we house.

We need to raise £300,000 in order to secure a property for this project, please help us with this goal.

Become a Patron Here: https://www.patreon.com/CEMB

 

Pink Triangle Trust donates £1,000 to ex-Muslim refuge

LGBT humanist group in the UK donates £1,000 to ex-Muslims, The Freethinker,  6 November 2019

IN RESPONSE to a recent appeal by the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain (CEMB), UK LGBT humanist charity The Pink Triangle Trust has donated £1,000.

At the end of October, the CEMB announced a new initiative to provide accommodation and support in the UK to those at serious risk to their lives because of their apostasy from Islam.

On its fundraising page, the CEMB says:

Apostasy from Islam can result in the death penalty in a dozen countries in the world causing many to flee. In Britain, other consequences can include honour-based violence, forced marriages, exorcisms, ostracisation and shunning, homelessness, self-harming, suicide and more.

CEMB supports 600 ex-Muslims a month, including via one-on-one support, monthly meet-ups and support groups. Some of the ex-Muslims who turn to the organisation are in need of emergency accommodation after having been made homeless by their families or because they have been forced to escape in order to save their lives.

The appeal says:

Until now, CEMB has been forced to provide limited emergency accommodation at hotels, which is neither practical nor cost-effective. With your support, CEMB hopes to provide a long-term and safe solution for those at greatest risk by establishing the first ex-Muslim refuge in the world.

Purchase of a refuge space, as well as maintenance and utilities will cost £300,000. Whilst we realise this is an insurmountable amount, any money raised here will be used to provide emergency accommodation and support to those at greatest risk with the aim of working towards the first permanent refuge for ex-Muslims. (More wishful thinking: If you have a building you would like to donate temporarily even, please get in touch with m.namazie@ex-muslim.org.uk.

PTT secretary George Broadhead said:

The Pink Triangle Trust commends the CEMB for its efforts to help apostates who have chosen to leave Islam, and urges others to follow its example in supporting this very important initiative.

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