December 4, 2023
2010s was an important decade in defining Europe’s commitment to free speech, it saw many countries repealing their largely unused blasphemy laws. Norway, Iceland, the Netherlands, Ireland, and in 2017 Denmark. But Denmark is now taking a step back and reintroducing a Blasphemy Law. The proposed Danish Bill L65 seeks to punish “improper treatment of religious objects held sacred by religious communities” with 2 years imprisonment. The bill, which aligns with OIC’s (Organisation of Islamic Cooperation) demands for an international Blasphemy Law, will be voted on the 7th of December and is largely tipped to be passed. If this bill...
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November 29, 2023
PRESS RELEASE LAICS OF ALL COUNTRIES, UNITE! LET’S BE REALISTIC, LET’S DEMAND LAICITY EVERYWHERE Paris, 29 November 2023 Per the request of City Hall, the final guest list must be submitted by December 3, so please register your intent to participate at the latest by 5pm on that day by emailing To see conference brochure, click on this link. For the first time in France, an international conference bringing together defenders of Laicity from across the world is being held during 8-9 December 2023 at the Auditorium of Paris City Hall. The conference is co-organised by Laïques Sans Frontières (LSF), a...
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November 3, 2023
International Conference Celebrating Laicite Paris City Hall, 8-9 December 2023 For civil states free from the tutelage of religion, we demand Laïcite as a human right and a step towards peace in the world. Celebrating Laïcite Paris 2023 is being organised by Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain and Laiques sans Frontieres in partnership with Comite Laïcite Republique and Egale. The international conference marks December 9, the anniversary of the 1905 law on separation of church and state and will take place at the Paris Town Hall, courtesy of the Mayor of Paris. The conference is a continuation of the hugely...
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November 3, 2023
By Counselling Psychologist Dr Savin Bapir Tardy This report delves into the dynamics and experiences of participants in three monthly support groups. The support groups cater to individuals who have left Islam and are grappling with the challenges and transformations that come with such a departure. The report outlines the structure of these groups, highlights recurring themes in discussions, and explores the profound impact of the support groups on participants. Please be aware that, in order to maintain confidentiality, the subsequent report excludes any particular cases to safeguard the privacy of individuals participating in the group. Support group structure: A...
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October 9, 2023
Apostasy Day is on Aug 22nd and this year we celebrated it with #ApostasyDayDoodles. You can find the video and pictures for Apostasy Day 2023 by searching the #ApostasyDayDoodle. Apostasy is the abandonment or renunciation of religion. It is punishable by death in Afghanistan, Iran, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritania, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, UAE, and Yemen and is a criminal offence in many more Muslim-majority countries. In Pakistan, disbelief in God is punishable with the death penalty under a blasphemy law. In Saudi Arabia, atheism is equated with terrorism. In some countries without the death penalty, Islamists kill those deemed apostates,...
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August 9, 2023
You are invited to join the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain (CEMB) on International Apostasy Day to defend freedom of expression and the right to apostasy and blasphemy by subverting religious texts. Whilst we might not agree with burning Qurans and books (usually associated with a long history of state and religious censorship against dissent), we nonetheless recognise the right of individuals to express their abhorrence to bad ideas and the persecution and murder of freethinkers and apostates. On Apostasy Day, join us in celebrating blasphemy and apostasy as rights by subverting and doodling on the Quran, Bible, Torah, the...
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June 26, 2023
On 1 July, Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain (CEMB) marched at Pride in London to celebrate Liberation as Riot and defend the revolution in Iran that is challenging Islam and Islamism and defending Woman, Life, Freedom, LGBT rights, secularism and more. On this day, we also raged against the execution and murder of women, dissenters, LGBT, apostates and blasphemers in countries under Islamic law. Just this year alone, over 300 dissenters have been executed by the regime in Iran, including Youssef Mehrad and Seyed Sadrullah Fazlizare for blasphemy in May.
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June 24, 2023
The Islamic regime of Iran’s machinery of execution has never stopped since its inception. The wave of repression, killings and executions has intensified, especially in Baluchistan, Kurdistan and Khuzestan. The numbers of executed this month alone have been at least 142 people; so far this year, 307 people have been executed in Iran. Many more are at risk. We, left, democratic, feminist, LGBTQIA+, and anti-national oppression activists, collectives and organisations have faced repression, censorship and torture like many others. In exile and as refugees, many of us continue to face threats and harassment. Nonetheless, we have persisted in organising and...
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May 5, 2023
UPDATE 9 May 2023: #YoussefMehrad & #SyedSadrullahFazlizare held in Arak prison #Iran been transferred to solitary. Both men sentenced to death on blasphemy charges. Sudden transfer to solitary is sign they may be executed imminently, usually during morning call to prayers. #Iran #MahsaAmini BACKGROUND #YoussefMehrad and #SyedSadrullahFazlizare, two prisoners of conscience held in Arak prison, have been transferred to solitary confinement, per various reports. Both men have been sentenced to death on blasphemy charges (Sab al-Nabi: insulting the sacred). The sudden transfer of prisoners to solitary is a sign that they may be executed imminently, usually during the morning Azaan...
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February 2, 2023
In London, 4 February, there was an action for #FreeSoheilArabi #FreePoliticalPrisonersinIran Film by Reason4Freedom It includes messages of solidarity with Soheil and political prisoners in Iran. Please continue to send us messages of support to Soheil. Also, please continue contacting elected representatives to take action. Actions took place in other cities too and by organisations that are politically sponsoring Soheil Arabi – see below. Actions took place in other cities and on social media on the day too. UPDATE: Soheil Arabi was beaten so badly during his arrest that he reportedly had a heart attack and was taken to hospital....
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