Aftab at CEMB office in London

Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain (CEMB) is concerned to learn that one of its members and activists, Aftab Ahmed (DOB: 20-10-1986; Home Office Reference: A1879243; Tribunal reference: PA/00448/2016), has been refused asylum and protection.

As a CEMB activist, Ahmed has been involved in numerous public actions, conferences and events, including a fast-defying protest during Ramadan in solidarity with those persecuted for breaking fasting rules at the Pakistani embassy – where the Friday prayers leader said he would “not waste his breath on [us] if he knew we were apostates” ¬†and an #ExMuslimBecause “flash-dance” at Kings Cross.

Having opening renounced and criticised Islam, Ahmed has faced threats and intimidation from family, former friends and Islamists on social media. A recent film by the award-winning filmmaker, Deeyah Khan, Islam’s Non Believers, clearly shows the risks for ex-Muslims.

CEMB believes Ahmed has a well-founded fear of persecution because of his atheism and activism; we are concerned for his safety if returned to Pakistan where blasphemy can be punishable with imprisonment and even the death penalty.

CEMB urges the authorities to grant Ahmed the protection he needs and deserves.

For more information, contact:
Maryam Namazie
Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain
BM Box 1919, London WC1N 3XX, UK
tel: +44 (0) 7719166731