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Algeria: Release Rachid Fodil and H. S. Now

fodilAlgeria Suppressing Free of expression and conscience

On 9 June 2016, the Algerian National Gendarmerie arrested two social media activists, Rachid Fodil, 27 and H. S., 28 in the Algerian Province of M’sila. They have been accused of propagating blasphemous materials and insulting Islam and the Quran on social media. The two were set to stand trial on 22 June in Sidi Aissa but the court session was postponed until an undetermined date.

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Fast-Defiance during Ramadan: A Challenge to the Islamists

ruzeh-xariThe following piece was published in The Freethinker on 21 June 2016.

On June, 24, 2016, the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain is calling for a day to defy fasting rules in solidarity with those who face persecution for eating during fasting hours in Ramadan.

We will be having an “eat-in” at various embassies in London, including the Bangladeshi, Egyptian, Iranian, Moroccan, Pakistani and Saudi embassies. We are also calling on people worldwide to upload images of themselves on social media violating fasting rules using the following hashtags:

grab

This type of fast-defiance in public every Ramadan has been spearheaded by the Algerian dejeuners and Mouvement alternatif pour les libertés individuelles in Morocco for some years now.  It’s a challenge to the Islamists and their imposition of religious rules on everyone despite personal preferences.

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Reason Rally 2016: Out, Loud and Proud for Secularism

CkH0XlqWsAASkXfIn the age of ISIS and the retreat of reason, being out, loud and proud for secularism is important. If only to say: We exist and that there are many of us. This – in and of itself – be it in Afghanistan, Iran, Saudi Arabia or the US – breaks the fear and despair. It makes us see that we are not alone. It brings hope and with it courage…
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CEMB Official Meet-Ups, Coffee Mornings and Events

UPCOMING EVENTS

12 June 2016
“Mean Tweets party” – reading and filming mean tweets received by apostates. To join, email exmuslimcouncil@gmail.com.

24 June 2016
Fast-defying during Ramadan in front of Saudi, Iranian and Bangladeshi Embassies. To join, email exmuslimcouncil@gmail.com.

27 June 2016, central London by Kings Cross station, 19:00-21:00 hours
Evening with Yasmin Rehman, Centre for Secular Space on Polygamy
£3 entry (waged); £1 entry (unwaged). E-mail exmuslimcouncil@gmail.com to register if this is the first time you will be attending our monthly meetups.

1 July 2016
Flashmob of apostates: “We need your Love”.  To join, email exmuslimcouncil@gmail.com.
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Statement on attacks on atheists, secularists, and religious minorities in Bangladesh

We, the undersigned academics, intellectuals, human rights advocates, and organizations from Bangladesh and around the world, unequivocally condemn recent statements by Bangladesh government officials appearing to blame writers, publishers, and activists for their own deaths at the hands of violent extremists with suspected links to militant Islamist groups. We strongly urge the Bangladesh government to immediately take steps to vigorously protect the rights to freedom of religion, belief, and expression, both in word and in deed.

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17 March 2016: Protest at NUS: Urge reform of no-platform & safe space policies

Protest at NUS: Urge reform of no-platform & safe space policies
Challenge all bigotry and hate but also defend free expression

On 17 March 2016, there will be a protest organised by Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain and Right2Debate at the National Union of Students HQ in London to urge reform of its safe space and no-platform policies, which restrict freedom of expression. This comes as 16 students from various universities have highlighted 20 different case studies of censorship.

Speakers at the rally include Alexa Robertson, Secretary of National Federation of Atheist, Humanist and Secular Student Societies; Asher Fainman, President of Goldsmiths Atheist Society; Centre for Secular Space Director Gita Sahgal; Gray Sargeant of Student Rights; Activist Imad Iddine Habib; Feminist Julie Bindel; Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain Spokesperson Maryam Namazie; Human Rights Campaigner Peter Tatchell; Right2Debate and Quilliam Foundation’s Haydar Zaki; Kurdish Women’s Rights Campaigner Houzan Mahmoud; Madelaine Hanson of UCL Quilliam University Society; Melody Patry, Senior Advocacy officer at Index on Censorship; Nari Diganta Activist Rumana Hashem; Right2Debate campaigner and president of STAR Exeter Sarah Schneider and Sophie Majoribanks of UCL Quilliam University Society. MCs for the protest will be Warwick University Atheist Society President and Right2Debate Editor Benjamin David and Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain Spokesperson Rayhana Sultan.

Thursday 17 March 5-6pm
NUS headquarters
Macadam House, 275 Gray’s Inn Road, London, WC1X 8QB
Nearest tube: Kings Cross MAP
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