November 15, 2019
See video footage of a discussion on apostasy from Islam, blasphemy and free expression with the brilliant Sarah Haider and Shabana Rehman in Oslo at an event organised by Ateistene and Human-Etisk Forbund Norway.
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November 12, 2019
Maryam Namazie and Afsana Lachaux were joint winners of the 2019 Emma Humphreys Memorial Prize for their campaigning work in support of women under Sharia laws. The award recognised the links with Sharia and religious laws and violence against women. Afsana Lachaux has spent the past five years campaigning for women’s access to justice. After having to flee Dubai, and whilst continuing to fight for the return of her son, Afsana has successfully campaigned for the FCO to include warnings to women about the potential impact of sharia law in travel guidance, as well as fighting an important defamation case...
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November 6, 2019
LGBT humanist group in the UK donates £1,000 to ex-Muslims, The Freethinker,  6 November 2019 IN RESPONSE to a recent appeal by the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain (CEMB), UK LGBT humanist charity The Pink Triangle Trust has donated £1,000. At the end of October, the CEMB announced a new initiative to provide accommodation and support in the UK to those at serious risk to their lives because of their apostasy from Islam. On its fundraising page, the CEMB says: Apostasy from Islam can result in the death penalty in a dozen countries in the world causing many to flee. In Britain, other consequences...
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October 29, 2019
The Rise of Ex Muslims: Maryam Namazie, Zara Kay, Armin Navabi, Atheists Assemble Video, 29 October 2019
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October 3, 2019
2019 Shortlist Announced, Emma Humphreys Memorial Prize, 3 October 2019 We have a fantastic shortlist for the inaugural joint Emma Humphreys and Centre for Women’s Justice awards. Please join us in congratulating all our nominees: Afsana Lachaux has spent the past five years campaigning for women’s access to justice.  After having to flee Dubai, and whilst continuing to fight for the return of her son, Afsana has successfully campaigned for the FCO to include warnings to women about the potential impact of sharia law in travel guidance, as well as fighting an important defamation case brought against her by her ex-husband....
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September 30, 2019
Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain’s Atheist Azaan (call to prayer) by Mwhamadu Kuusi for #BlasphemyDay #EndBlasphemyLaws #BlasphemyNotACrime
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September 30, 2019
A quarter of the world’s countries and territories (26%) have anti-blasphemy laws or policies, and more than one-in-ten (13%) countries have laws or policies penalizing apostasy. According to Pew research, laws restricting apostasy and blasphemy are most common in the Middle East and North Africa, where 18 of the region’s 20 countries (90%) criminalize blasphemy and 14 (70%) criminalize apostasy. While apostasy laws exist in two other regions of the world – Asia-Pacific and sub-Saharan Africa – blasphemy laws can be found in all regions, including Europe (in 16% of countries) and the Americas (29%). The 14 countries that have...
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September 16, 2019
The epic ‘Celebrating Dissent’ Festival took place between 30 August -1 September in Amsterdam, a collaboration between the prestigious art and debate institute De Balie and Maryam Namazie. Consisting of a mixture of intense, probing conversations, comedy, art, poetry and dance performances, films, lectures and protest, the weekend was an education in the issues facing dissenters fighting religious constraints and the religious-Right. The work of ex-Muslims and women campaigners was particularly evident. More than 50 speakers from 30 countries worldwide discussed Women’s Dissent; Touching the Holy Subject; Comedy, the Sacred and Islamophobia; Separation of Religion from the State; Women against...
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September 16, 2019
Mohamed Rusthum Mujuthaba was arrested by police in the Maldives earlier this week on charges of “insulting Islam” on social media. @RusthumRussso Tweeted police raising the alarm on multiple death threats against him; instead he was arrested and taken into custody. No further information has been given by the police and his place of detention is unknown. No lawyers have agreed to represent him so far and according to local sources, lawyers are reluctant to do so especially in light of several murders by Islamists, including of journalists and bloggers. We, the undersigned, condemn his arrest and demand his immediate...
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September 15, 2019
The latest story about a brutal honour killing in Palestine feels poignant not just because of how harrowing the murder was, but because Israa Ghrayeb, the victim, could have been any one of us.  By Hana Chelache and Momin Taha  Israa Ghrayeb (also referred to as Israa Ghareeb or Esraa Ghareeb) was a 21 year old Palestinian woman from Bethlehem who had a lot going for her. She was a talented makeup artist with a large following on social media and was also engaged to be married. People who knew her have described her as hardworking, sweet and beautiful. Sadly,...
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