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Media Coverage of #CelebratingDissent Festival at De Balie, Amsterdam

Media Coverage of #CelebratingDissent Festival at De Balie, Amsterdam during 30 August -1 September 2019

Celebrating Dissent festival, Humanistisch Verbond, 11 September 2019

Stand with the witches, heretics and blasphemers, Interview with Maryam Namazie, sister-hood, 10 September 2019

No Longer Without You Review, sister-hood, 10 September 2019

Celebrating Dissent – reflections after the festival, Humanisterna, 7 September 2019

Rishvin Ismath on the ISIS-attack on his life, turning away from religion and the great personal cost of his activism, Art 19, 6 September 2019

Women at the front, sister-hood, 4 September 2019

Celebrating Dissent Event Coverage, Amber Journals, 3 September 2019

Celebrating Dissent Festival at De Balie in Amsterdam, Arts Magazine, 2 September 2019

Amsterdam Mayor Femke Halsema opens Celebrating Dissent, De Balie, 1 September 2019

Zineb El Rhazoui s’en prend au gouvernement hollandaise, Morokino, 1 September 2019

Garantstelling voor sprekers is censuur van De Balie, NRC, 30 August 2019

Islamcriticus Zineb El Rhazoui niet naar De Balie want gewapende beveiligers mogen NL niet in, The Post Online, 30 August 2019

Charlie Hebdo-redacteur niet naar De Balie vanwege gewapende beveiliging, AT5, 30 August 2019

Oud-Charlie Hebdo-journalist zegt Amsterdams debat af om beveiliging, NOS, 30 August 2019

Islam-critica Zineb El Rhazoui onderweg naar Balie, NL weigert wapenvergunning Franse agent, Geenstijl, 30 August 2019

Zineb El Rhazoui denied access to the Netherlands, De Balie, 30 August 2019

“Freedom demands effort,” Interview with Nadia El Fani, sister-hood, 29 August 2019

Shabana Rehman: Do I want to be scared to death or laugh to death, De Balie 29 August 2019

Directeur De Balie boos op IND vanwege strenge visumeisen voor ex-moslima’s: ‘Dit is gewoon censuur’, WLN, 29 August 2019

Streetart in de Beurs van Berlage en muziek in het Vondelpark, Parool, 29 Aug 2019

Directeur De Balie boos op IND vanwege strenge eisen voor gastsprekers: ‘Dit is een vorm van censuur’, EenVandaag, 27 August 2019

Inna Shevchenko: Religion is simply one idea among many others, De Balie, 26 August 2019

Deze vrouwen vertellen waarom ze zich niets in Gods naam, Trouw, 24 August 2019

Gita Sahgal on the danger of theocracy, De Balie, 23 August 2019

Ramadan 2019: Child Fasting is Child Abuse

In the past years, Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain has held fast-defying protests at embassies in solidarity with those who are persecuted for eating and drinking during Ramadan.

This year, CEMB’s fast-defying action included a protest at the Department for Education on 17th May to highlight the Department’s inaction with regards to child fasting in schools. Child fasting should be banned as it is harmful to children.

CEMB’s Maryam Namazie and Sadia Hameed discussed the issue with young people from Muslim backgrounds on their way to Friday prayers.

Our position is that if a child is sent to school without breakfast and not allowed to eat lunch or drink water whilst going about their normal school day for an entire month, this would rightly trigger safeguarding procedures and be considered a form of neglect. However, when it comes to BME children of religious parents, the Department for Education readily turns a blind eye.

Being forced to not eat or drink water for an entire month for 12+ hours a day is clearly harmful to children and child development. It causes sickness, dizziness, migraines, sunstrokes, lack of focus and tiredness as a result of dehydration or lack of sustenance. It also can lead to depression, anxiety, mood swings, irritability, anger, apathy, reduced alertness, diminished comprehension… Children have been known to faint as have teachers who are fasting.

Adults, of course, can fast if they choose. It’s important to remember that there is a corresponding right NOT to fast if one chooses not to. Nonetheless, when it comes to children, imposing fasting rules is child abuse and neglect.

The Department for Education has a duty of care for school children and must act immediately to put child welfare above religious demands of the child’s parents.

CEMB also published Ramadan Advice for Educators, held a fast-defying picnic and published #RamadanStories like the below to raise a discussion on the right to not fast and the pressures involved in fasting.

CEMB’s presence on BBC Woman’s Hour to discuss our position was cancelled an hour before the programme.

 

 

Celebrating Dissent – Conference on Free thought

August 30 until September 1st, De Balie, Amsterdam
 
Freedom of thought and expression is not a given, it requires continuous effort to safeguard it. Especially for those who dare to be different, to leave their religion or doctrine, to speak out and stand alone. In a time where dissenters continue to be threatened, silenced, excluded, intimidated and even killed for rejecting and criticising the prevailing opinion or religion, a celebration of free speech is an act of resistance.
 
This weekend, we will highlight these themes and give room to those who are threatened worldwide for thinking and speaking freely. The celebration will highlight and honour dissenters, raise key issues such as women’s resistance and rights, apostasy and blasphemy laws, identity politics, Islamophobia and secularism.
 
Over 40 speakers from the following countries: Australia, Bangladesh, Egypt, France, Germany, India, Iran, Iraq, Kenya, Kurdistan, Morocco, the Netherlands, Norway, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Turkey, UK, Ukraine and USA.
 
This two-day event dedicated to the freedom of thought and in collaboration with Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain (CEMB) will include lectures, panel discussions, music, art, poetry, film, theatre, comedy and more. Ticket sales will start soon.

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