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CEMB Official Meet-Ups, Coffee Mornings and Events

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.

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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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30 April: Day Conference on Sharia Law, Legal Pluralism and Access to Justice

Poster - Sharia Law WhiteDay Conference on Sharia Law, Legal Pluralism and Access to Justice
30 April 2016
11:30am-5:30pm
Central London, near Kings Cross Station

Elham Manea will present the findings of her new book Women And Sharia Law: The Impact Of Legal Pluralism In The UK. Women’s rights groups that led successful campaigns preventing public authorities such as the governing body of UK Universities and the Law Society from incorporating aspects of Sharia laws into their public policies will further present their case against Sharia courts and the Beth Din, legal aid cuts, and the denial of access to equality and human rights.
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In Defence of Salman Rushdie

We, the undersigned, are outraged to learn that forty state-run media outlets in Iran have raised $600,000 (£420,000) to add as bounty to Ayatollah Khomeini’s death fatwa on writer Salman Rushdie for his novel The Satanic Verses.

We condemn the Iranian regime, its fatwa and the added bounty and stand with Salman Rushdie and the many Iranian freethinkers and writers languishing in prison or facing the death penalty for exercising their right to free expression and thought.

The Iranian regime must face global condemnation for its incitement to murder.

Moreover, secular governments should unequivocally condemn the regime’s incitement to murder, demand its immediate cancellation, prioritise human rights and free expression and side with freethinkers rather than appeasing a theocratic regime.

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17 March Rally at NUS: Revise Safe Space and No Platform Policies to Facilitate not Restrict Free Expression and Thought

NUSOn 17 March 2016 from 5-6pm Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain and Right2Debate will be holding a protest at the office of the NUS, Macadam House, 275 Gray’s Inn Road, London, WC1X 8QB. Join Us. Also Tweet “I call on @nusuk to revise safe space and no platform policies to facilitate not restrict free expression and thought,” take part in the thunderclap campaign or email the NUS stating the same at office@nus.org.uk.
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Facebook: Stop censoring Arab ex-Muslims and freethinkers NOW

Please send emails to Facebook calling for an end to censorship of Arab ex-Muslim and freethinker pages: info+y6adl7t@support.facebook.com; appeals+y6adl7t@support.facebook.com; appeals+0rznxgs@support.facebook.com or Tweet @Facebook.

We are thousands of free thinkers and Ex-Muslims who lives in Middle East. We left the religion after a lot of research, but we still can’t announce this in our countries due to local laws and threat of extremists.

We are exposed to the risk of death by beheading by Islamic Sharia fundamentalism. Social media is our only outlet to feel alive, get knowledge and hope in a better future.

But Muslim fundamentalists and extremists didn’t leave us alone, and they created groups with thousands of followers which regularly report our accounts and groups to close it.
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