August 20, 2020
Victoria Gugenheim is extremely excited to be the creator of the #HandsUpForApostasyDay social media campaign, as part of #ApostasyDay, established by an International Coalition of Ex-Muslims, the first of which is happening on the 22nd August. You can join in this campaign if you are an apostate or support the right to apostasy by adding a self portrait to the great and powerful interwebs, and use the hashtag #HandsUpForApostasyDay #ApostasyDay #ApostasyNotAcrime with an A or Apostate in English or Apostate in your own language written on your hand or face and post it on 22 August. Victoria says: “Those fleeing religious...
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August 9, 2020
Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain strongly condemns the arrest and continued detention of Mubarak Bala, President of the Humanist Association of Nigeria. Mr. Bala led campaigns to promote freedom of religion and belief. He was arrested in the Nigerian state of Kano on 28 April 2020 following a petition alleging he had insulted Muhammad, Islam’s prophet, in Facebook posts. He has been held all this time without charge and been denied access to legal representation. Mr. Bala is at serious risk of death as is evidenced by the numerous threats against his person and life. Moreover, blasphemy is punishable by...
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July 9, 2020
Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain (CEMB) unequivocally condemns the Islamic regime of Iran’s ongoing attacks on protesters and activists, most recently manifested in the sentencing to death of Amirhossein Moradi, Mohammad Rajabi and Saeed Tamjidi. Moradi, Rajabi and Tamjidi were supposedly involved in legitimate protests against the regime that took place last year and have been charged with “enmity against God,” amongst other bogus charges. All three were denied access to lawyers and ‘confessions’ were acquired under torture. CEMB also condemns the Turkish government for deporting Rajabi and Tamjidi, who were refugees, to face the persecution they had fled from....
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July 1, 2020
Conflating face masks with burqas is an an act of cultural assassination, sister-hood, 1 July 2020 By Marieme Helie Lucas and Maryam Namazie Some people, including Human Rights Watch’s Director Ken Roth and politicians like Rabina Khan have taken the opportunity of a global pandemic to defend the burqa/niqab by comparing it with mandatory face mask rulings used in the fight against Covid-19. Immediately after Ken Roth’s tweet implicitly supporting the ‘right to veil’ of women (only), women who had fought the imposition of the compulsory burqa in their own countries issued a strong protest. They pointed to the fact that Ken Roth...
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July 1, 2020
Thank you to the lovely people who supported Maryam Namazie’s JustGiving campaign to raise money for the first ex-Muslim refuge. Unfortunately the money is not near enough to have our first refuge, but it will go and has already gone a long way in assisting ex-Muslims in need of emergency support. CEMB will receive the final installment from JustGiving this week. Once the money is fully spent, we will give an account of it to donors on the JustGiving site. Thanks again for your immense generosity!
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June 15, 2020
On Why Ex-Muslims should support BLM and the Fight against Systematic Racism Edited and Expanded Conversation between Ali Rizvi and Maryam Namazie on Professional Novice Podcast Ali Rizvi: Welcome to Professional Novice with Ali Rizvi. I like bringing people on who I really respect in terms of their ideas and their thoughts. And today’s obviously no exception. We will be speaking with one of my heroes, Maryam Namazie. Maryam is a British-Iranian secularist and human rights activist. She’s often credited for making the ex Muslim movement the global phenomenon that it is today. She launched the Council of Ex-Muslims of...
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June 9, 2020 Photo of silhoutte with Love is not a crime text
Watch June 27 discussion on Persecution, Shunning and Survival: Being Ex-Muslim/Muslim and LGBT for Pride Month. The event was a Pride In London Coming Out event. With Jimmy Bangash, Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain Spokesperson; Khakan Qureshi, Gay Muslim activist and Stonewall LGBT+ school role model and Diversity Role Mode; Lilith, Trans Woman with migration background; Ludovic-Mohamed Zahed, French-Algerian openly gay Imam and founder of the first European inclusive mosque in Paris; Nemat Sadat, Author of the Carpet Weaver and first public gay ex-Muslim from Afghanistan; and Saima Razzaq, Birmingham Community Activist and first Muslim woman to lead UK Pride...
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June 6, 2020
I just did a podcast with Hardy Haberland speaking about apostasy, blasphemy laws, the demand for justice and accountability and its links with #BlackLivesMatter and #GeorgeFloydProtests https://hardyhaberland.com/maryam-namazie/ Host of The Hardy Haberland Show (1M downloads and 250 episodes)
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June 2, 2020 graphic of colourful hands with hearts and text seeking asulum is my right
4 June – Monthly Online Support Groups, 6:30-8:00pm (London time) If you are an ex-Muslim in need of support, please RSVP to hello@ex-muslim.org.uk. Support groups are 90 minutes long. Five person groups are led by Dr Savin Bapir Tardy; larger group sessions are led by Marwa Wain. 16 June – Open Mic for World Refugee Day, 7-8:00pm (London time) Livestreamed on Youtube and Facebook here: https://youtu.be/YSgJbKa97FE This month’s meet-up will be an open mic session to hear the stories of ex-Muslim refugees and asylum seekers in order to mark World Refugee Day. If you want to speak at this event,...
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May 31, 2020
See segment of Muslimish event on Roadmap to abolishing blasphemy laws with Maryam Namazie chaired by Muslimish’s Wissam Charafeddine on 31 May Other speakers include: Ibrahim Abdallah, National Organizer, Muslimish Nicolas Little, Legal Director, Center For Inquiry Ken Grunow, Amnesty International USA, Legislative Coordinator for Michigan Geraldine Grunow, Amnesty International USA, Local Group Coordinator Watch full event here.
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