Month: August 2020

Join #HandsUpForApostasyDay

Victoria Gugenheim is extremely excited to be the creator of the #HandsUpForApostasyDay social media campaign, as part of #ApostasyDay, established by an International Coalition of Ex-Muslims, the first of which is happening on the 22nd August.
You can join in this campaign if you are an apostate or support the right to apostasy by adding a self portrait to the great and powerful interwebs, and use the hashtag #HandsUpForApostasyDay #ApostasyDay #ApostasyNotAcrime with an A or Apostate in English or Apostate in your own language written on your hand or face and post it on 22 August.
Victoria says: “Those fleeing religious persecution for simply leaving their faith and victims of religious violence need you to raise consciousness and show solidarity and respect for them, and those who have suffered deserve to have their plight recognised. I hope you all can join me in this global campaign to raise awareness.”

Free Nigerian free-thinker Mubarak Bala

Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain strongly condemns the arrest and continued detention of Mubarak Bala, President of the Humanist Association of Nigeria.
Mr. Bala led campaigns to promote freedom of religion and belief. He was arrested in the Nigerian state of Kano on 28 April 2020 following a petition alleging he had insulted Muhammad, Islam’s prophet, in Facebook posts. He has been held all this time without charge and been denied access to legal representation.
Mr. Bala is at serious risk of death as is evidenced by the numerous threats against his person and life. Moreover, blasphemy is punishable by death in the country. The Police Commissioner for Kano state is refusing to comply with a court order to provide Mr. Bala with access to his lawyers.
We, along with other like minded organisations, call on the Government of Nigeria to free Mr. Bala immediately and unconditionally. Freedom of conscience and expression are basic human rights.

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