Join us for appetisers, drinks, music, speeches and laughs to celebrate the CEMB’s 8th anniversary. Saturday 20 June 2015, 1500-1800 Hours near London Kings Cross Speakers and acts include: Philosopher A C Grayling Singer Alya Marquardt Secular activist Aliyah Saleem Ex-Muslims North Founder Behzad Sandbad London Black Atheists Clive Aruede and Lola Tinubu Bread and Roses TV Host Fariborz Pooya Centre for Secular Space Director Gita Sahgal Council of Ex-Muslims of Morocco Founder Imad Iddine Habib Comedian Kate Smurthwaite Women's Rights Activist Magdulien Abaida Maajid Nawaz, Founder of Quilliam Foundation CEMB Spokesperson Maryam Namazie Master Magician Neil Edwards Southall Black Sisters Director Pragna Patel Women's Rights Activist Rumana Hashem National Secular Society President Terry Sanderson Tickets: £18 (waged); £10 (unwaged) To register, please email your name and mobile number to email@example.com.
Activist and blogger Raif Badawi was first arrested on 17 June 2012. Three years later he remains in prison on charges that are politically motivated. To mark the third anniversary of his arrest we are holding a Day of Action here in London. Raif Badawi had already spent almost two years in prison before being convicted in May 2014 for ‘insulting Islam’ and founding a liberal website. He received a fine of 1 million riyals (£175,000) and a ten-year prison sentence. In addition, the court in Jeddah sentenced Badawi to 1,000 lashes. On 9 January 2015, after morning prayers, Badawi was flogged 50 times. This punishment was due to continue every Friday until he had received a total of 1,000 lashes. However, subsequent floggings have not gone ahead, initially because Badawi was deemed not to have recovered sufficiently from the previous punishment. No explanation has been given for the postponement of further floggings. Furthermore, the Supreme Court has now announced its decision to uphold this draconian sentence. Meanwhile, Badawi’s lawyer and brother-in-law Waleed Abulkhair, is serving 15 years in prison, for his peaceful activism. We call for Raif Badawi’s sentence of flogging to be overturned, as well as for his conviction to be quashed. We demand that the Saudi authorities release Raif Badawi and Waleed Abulkhair immediately. We urge the UK government to cease providing arms to the Saudi government whilst it continues to abuse human rights. Join us.
2014 Conference: Religious-Right, Secularism and Civil Rights Date: Saturday-Sunday 11-12 October 2014 Venue: The Tower Hotel, St Katharine's Way, London E1W 1LD Don’t miss 2014’s historic conference. Register now to get the special early bird rates. Purchase your tickets today! Join notable secularists for a two-day international conference on the Religious-Right, Secularism and Civil Rights during 11-12 October 2014 at the Tower Hotel in London.