August 26, 2022
Iranian atheist Soheil Arabi who was on death row for blasphemy and is currently in internal exile after 8 years in prison in Iran was awarded the Freethought Champions Award at Celebrating Dissent 2022 organised by Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain and Freethought Lebanon. In his acceptance video, he said: “I have no regrets that I have been in prison for 8 years, despite the fact that I have lost my health because I think we have paved the way collectively together for liberation. I am a drop in this sea and glad to be part of the society of...
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August 26, 2022
Ex-Muslims International, the global umbrella body of ex-Muslim organisations, strongly condemns the two-year prison sentence for Fatima Karim for social media posts deemed “insulting to Islam.” Article 267-5 of Morocco’s Penal Code stipulates anyone undermining Islam is punishable by law. Under the article, Moroccan courts can hand sentences ranging from six months to two years in prison in addition to fines. We remind the Moroccan authorities that freedom of expression is a fundamental human right and call on them to drop all charges against Fatima Karim and release her immediately and unconditionally.
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August 22, 2022
CEMB Resident Artist Victoria Gugenheim lead a group action in solidarity with apostates worldwide at Celebrating Dissent 2022 during 20-21 August in Cologne. Participants painted their hand with a red A to stand up for apostates worldwide. Apostasy (ردة‎ or ارتداد) 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 a criminal offence in many more Muslim-majority countries. In Pakistan, a disbelief in God is punishable with the death penalty under a blasphemy law. In Saudi Arabia, atheism is equated with terrorism. In...
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July 20, 2022
#CelebratingDissent2022 will be held in Cologne, Germany during 21-22 August 2022 with over 50 speakers from 30 countries in the largest gathering of #exMuslims, #atheists and #freethinkers since lockdown. It follows from the highly successful Celebrating Dissent Festival in Amsterdam in 2019 and the Freedom of Conscience and Expression conference in London in 2017. The two-day event is organised by the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain and Freethought Lebanon and in partnership with Atheist Refugee Relief (Säkulare Flüchtlingshilfe Deutschland), Center for Inquiry, Freedom From Religion Foundation, Giordano Bruno Stiftung, National Secular Society and Volkshochschule Köln (VHS Köln). More info can...
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July 11, 2022
July 2022 Another Surah from #womansquran آیه دیگری از قران زن ‎ای مومنین، اگر موی زنان شما را آزار میدهد ‎چشم بند خر را برای شما آفریدیم قران‌ زن، سوره حمار، آیه ۵۹ Oh ye believing men. If a woman’s hair bothers you, a donkey’s mask has been created just for you. Woman’s Quran, Surah of The Donkey, Verse 59 ⁦‪#FreeFromHijab‬⁩. ‎⁦‪#12July‬⁩ ⁦‪#No2Hijab‬⁩  #حجاب_بی_حجاب ⁧‫۲۱تیر‬⁩# March 2022 Photo of Maryam Namazie ‘Your women are a tilth for you so go to your tilth as ye will.’  – Quran, Surah 223, The Cow Tilth hay* so you have your share.  –...
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June 13, 2022
One Law for All campaign is deeply saddened to hear of the death of Terry Sanderson, a great advocate for secularism and universal values.  We send our love and sympathy to his civil partner Keith Porteous Wood. As President of the National Secular Society, Terry was a great supporter of our work, of the Council of ex-Muslims of Britain and of secular feminist activism. His warmth and generosity encouraged us in hard times. Terry never chased celebrity, but through his work on gay rights, secularism and other issues, he was a major influence and support to thousands of people in...
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June 13, 2022
Maryam Namazie speaking on Blasphemous Women on 13 June 2022 at Brave Women for 2022 talk organised by Center for Civil Courage from Croatia and Women’s Solidarity from Serbia. Brave Women for 2022 presents courageous women from all over the world whose thoughts and deeds encourage us every day in our struggle for women’s liberation. In this talk, Maryam discusses the status of women in Islam, how being a free woman is an act of blasphemy and why blasphemy and apostasy are key to liberation. She also responds to questions regarding offence, the Left and Right debate, conflation of criticism...
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June 8, 2022
Mohamed Rusthum Mujuthaba, a leading atheist and secularist in Maldives, faces a prison sentence if convicted of blasphemy. Though his court hearing on 23 June 2022 was postponed, he faces ongoing harassment, intimidation and persecution at the hands of the Maldivian government for practicing his fundamental right of freedom of expression and conscience. He has previously been detained for more than 6 months without trial for blasphemous content on social media. During his detention, he has been subjected to inhuman treatment, including a punch to the chest that left him breathless and in pain for days, psychological tests to ascertain...
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April 2, 2022
It’s opposite of #HappyRamadan #RamadanKareem #RamadanMubarak. #Ramadan’s a bleak month where people are tortured, beaten, shunned, imprisoned for not submitting to fasting rules like in #Iran. #HappyFastDefying #FastDefyingKareem #DontGiveADamn4Ramadan #رمضان یک ماه تیره و تار است که در آن مردم به خاطر عدم تسلیم به قوانین روزه شکنجه می شوند، مورد ضرب و شتم قرار می گیرند، طرد و زندانی می شوند. مانند در ایران #روزه_خواری_مبارک #روزه_خواری_کریم
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March 22, 2022
On #AtheistDay2022, 23 March, join us in celebrating atheism and Godlessness. Draw a circle on your hand to make your presence known. Atheist Day was established in 2019 by Atheist Republic and Ex-Muslims International, a coalition of ex-Muslim groups. You can find out more here. Graphics by Victoria Gugenheim.
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