March 3, 2021
#JusticeForZaraKay The International Coalition of Ex-Muslims is pleased to announce that Zara Kay will soon arrive in Australia today 4 March 2021 after weeks of facing threats and risk to her life in Tanzania.  She finally flew out of Tanzania on 1 March, having missed a 26 February flight after being stopped by police at the airport. As had previously been reported, Zara Kay, Founder of Faithless Hijabi, was detained on trumped up charges on 28 December 2020 and held for 32 hours at the Dar es-Salaam Oysterbay Police Station. Credible sources revealed that the politically-motivated charges against her had...
Filed as: Featured, Homepage, Press Releases

February 27, 2021
Prey, review by Maryam Namazie, Evening Standard, 27 February 2021 In her new book , the Somali-born critic of Islam appears more concerned with defending the criminalisation of migration than finding solutions to end the rise in sexual violence against women in the UK and Europe, says Maryam Namazie Ayaan Hirsi Ali is a Somali-born critic of Islam and Islamism. In 2004, she became known internationally after Dutch director Theo van Gogh was murdered for a short film she had written called Submission on women’s subservient status in Islam. The Islamist who murdered him, threatened that she would be next....
Filed as: Featured, Homepage, Media Coverage, Press Releases, Resources

February 19, 2021
Australian citizen Zara Kay at risk in Tanzania, Doughty Street Chambers, 19 February 2021 An Australian citizen and human rights defender, Zara Kay, has suffered unlawful and arbitrary detention, intimidation, harassment and serious threats to her safety in Tanzania, where she remains stranded. Zara is an activist and human rights defender who founded the organisation “Faithless Hijabi”, which supports women ostracised or abused after leaving the Islamic faith, after her own experience of choosing to leave the faith. She moved to Australia in 2012 and got Australian citizenship in 2018, giving up her Tanzanian citizenship in the process. Zara has faced...
Filed as: Press Releases

February 17, 2021
Update No. 6: Australian Government must ensure Zara Kay’s safe passage out of Tanzania 16 February 2021 The International Coalition of Ex-Muslims calls on the Australian Government to take immediate action to ensure Zara Kay’s safe passage from Tanzania given the serious risks to her life and safety. Despite her contact with the Australian High Commission since October 2020 out of concern for the threats against her, and again after 31 December 2020, when she was released on bail, they have not been forthcoming. An international legal team consisting of pro bono lawyers in London and Australia have now taken...
Filed as: Press Releases

February 16, 2021
One morning after assembly we heard chanting and commotion going on outside My college gate. I made my way to out check what was happening and found my uncles with merchants from the local embroidery market announcing that someone had defiled the Quran and thrown its pages all over the market overnight. Within minutes the student union had called for a city-wide “shutters down” strike and we started marching through the bazaars and markets chanting anti-blasphemy slogans and demanding respect for the sanctity of Islam. With every turn we took, every market we marched through I witnessed panic and shopkeepers...
Filed as: Press Releases, Spotlight

February 16, 2021
#StopVirginityTest #stopart488 #Maroc #Iran http://traditionalvirginitytest.com We fully support Mouvement Alternatif pour les Libertés Individuelles – Maroc and Ibtissame Betty Lachgar in their launch of the “Traditional Virginity Test” campaign, introducing sets of blank bed sheets that denounce and fight the demeaning ritual of ‘virginity testing’. • There is no scientific evidence of a woman’s virginity1. • A study on 36 pregnant women from 2004 showed that 34 of them still had an intact hymen2. • Only 50% of women bleed during their first intercourse3. M.A.L.I. Movement has chosen February the 14th, Valentine’s Day – a day that epitomizes love and...
Filed as: Featured, Homepage, Press Releases

January 27, 2021
Women Leaving Islam, a new film by the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain, premieres on 1 February at 6pm UK time as a challenge to #WorldHijabDay and religious modesty rules. You can watch the film here. In this powerful film, six ex-Muslim women activists share their moving stories of growing up in Muslim families and Muslim-majority countries and the violence, loss and shunning they faced because of their apostasy. The women talk about everything from tearing their hijab on door handles as a child, wearing a burkini on a beach in Italy, wanting to scream their atheism in Mecca during...
Filed as: Press Releases

January 27, 2021
Women Leaving Islam, a new film by CEMB, premiered on 1 February as a challenge to #WorldHijabDay and religious modesty rules. You can watch the film here. In this powerful film, six ex-Muslim women activists share their moving stories of growing up in Muslim families and Muslim-majority countries and the violence, loss and shunning they faced because of their apostasy. The women talk about everything from tearing their hijab on door handles as a child, wearing a burkini on a beach in Italy, wanting to scream their atheism in Mecca during Hajj, losing custody of a child after a husband’s...
Filed as: Featured, Homepage, Press Releases, Resources

January 21, 2021
#JusticeForZaraKay #JusticeForZara #StandUpForZaraKay 21 January 2021 The International Coalition of Ex-Muslims and Australian secular organisations remain concerned about Zara Kay’s safety and urge the Australian government to take immediate action and intervene on her behalf so she can return home without delay.  In a recent Tweet, Zara asked the Australian Foreign Minister & Minister for Women:  “When are you going to talk about me @MarisePayne? I’m an Australian citizen, detained in #Tanzania. When does Australia step in to protect their own citizens? When some people in Tanzania have expressed their wishes to behead me. Where’s the justice for my false...
Filed as: Featured, Homepage, Press Releases

January 13, 2021
The International Coalition of Ex-Muslims has issued three statements on Zara Kay’s case, which can be found here. However, given the apparent need for additional clarification, please find the following for those with a genuine interest in the case: 1. On Zara’s initial Tweet that her police custody was related to blasphemy: On 28 December, a family member called Zara and told her to come into the Dar es-Salaam Oysterbay Police Station about her posts. After that call, Zara Tweeted that she was “going into the police station because someone reported me in for blasphemy.” Since she had recently posted the following ‘blasphemous’...
Filed as: Press Releases