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Jul 23 2014

Equality and Human Rights Commission rules that gender segregation is unlawful

Protests-equality_2764314kPress Release
23 July 2014

One Law for All, Southall Black Sisters, the Centre for Secular Space, and the LSESU Atheist Secularist Society have welcomed the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s (EHRC) ruling against gender segregation in universities and students’ unions.

On 17 July, the EHRC published its guidance on gender segregation, stating that: “Gender segregation is not permitted in any academic meetings or at events, lectures or meetings provided for students, or at events attended by members of the public or employees of the university or the students’ union.”

The EHRC’s ruling came after a campaign of a broad coalition of women’s rights and secular activists who have opposed Universities UK’s guidelines on external speakers in universities, which said that: “Assuming the side-by-side segregated seating arrangement is adopted, there does not appear to be any discrimination on gender grounds merely by imposing segregated seating. Both men and women are being treated equally, as they are both being segregated in the same way.”

The campaign saw a petition signed by almost 10,000, an open letter co-signed by renowned human rights activists and secularists like AC Grayling, Peter Tatchell, Polly Toynbee, Fatou Sow, Richard Dawkins and Yasmin Rehman as well as support from political leaders like Labour shadow business secretary Chuka Umunna MP and Stewart Maxwell SMP. It culminated in a letter sent to UN Special Rapporteur in the Field of Cultural Rights Farida Shaheed, and a protest attended by more than 100 activists in front of the office of Universities UK, which received media coverage from major national and international news outlets. As a result, the UUK withdrew its guidance.

Maryam Namazie, one of the main organisers of the campaign, commented: “The EHRC ruling is good news indeed. Finally common sense has prevailed with equality trumping religious beliefs and the religious-Right, which is really what the demand for gender segregation is. It’s an Islamist demand to gain access and institutionalise its values whilst limiting civil rights and equality under the guise of the ‘right to religion’. A victory here is a triumph for equality between women and men but also against Islamism.”

Chris Moos of LSESU ASH said: “This is a great victory for gender equality in the UK. It is great to see that the EHRC has found a clear answer to the claims of the proponents of segregation, specifically that segregation is a ‘religious right’ whose denial amounts to discrimination, that ‘voluntary’ segregation can be reasonably practised in an educational setting and that the provision of a ‘mixed’ seating area makes segregation somehow less discriminatory. Hopefully, universities and students union will now live up to their responsibilities and prevent segregation.” He added: “However, the exemptions that the ruling provides, legitimising gender segregation in religious settings, leave a bitter aftertaste. Equality is a human right that cannot be ‘exempted away’ – it is therefore saddening that British legislation still puts religion above considerations of equality.”

Gita Sahgal, Director of the Centre for Secular Space said: “The Centre for Secular Space would like to congratulate all the students who opposed gender segregation at some risk to themselves. Their stand resulted in a campaign which has lead to the ruling by the EHRC. Universities UK and university authorities should be ashamed of themselves. Rather than stopping gender segregation they endorsed it or did nothing about it.”

Pragna Patel, Director of Southall Black Sisters, commented: “We welcome the ruling. Had the UUK guidance endorsing gender segregation gone unchallenged, it would have had a profoundly detrimental impact on black and minority women who already struggle to assert their fundamental rights to education, freedom and independence. The whole sorry affair is symptomatic of a bigger battle waged by the religious-Right (aided and abetted by public bodies like the UUK) to control women’s minds and bodies. We must remain alert to the dangers of religious fundamentalism in all religions because its very goal is to use public spaces to gain power and to destroy the very principles of democracy and the universality of women’s human rights.”

You can read a full analysis of the ruling of the EHRC and its likely impact here.

For further enquiries please contact:

Maryam Namazie
One Law for All and Fitnah – Movement for Women’s Liberation
[email protected]
077 1916 6731
@maryamnamazie

Pragna Patel
Southall Black Sisters
[email protected]
02085719595
@SBSisters

Chris Moos
LSE SU Atheist, Secularist and Humanist Society
[email protected]
074 2872 0599
@LSESUASH

Jul 23 2014

Morality without God

اخلاقيات بدون خدا
۲۳ ژوئيه ۲۰۱۴
مصاحبه با نويسنده کينان ملک

Morality without God
22 July 2014
Interview with Author Kenan Malik

Jul 23 2014

2 August, Another international day of action in support of jailed workers in Iran

Continuing the campaign for the release of Reza Shahabi, Behnam Ebrahimzadeh and Shahrokh Zamani

* 2 August, Another international day of action in support of jailed workers in Iran
*Call on all worker organisations worldwide
*Reza Shahabi, Behanm Ebrahimzadeh and Shahrokh Zamani need urgent support
*We need an international campaign to save the lives of jailed Iranian worker activists

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Reza Shahabi, a member of the executive board of the Union of Workers of Tehran and Suburbs United Bus Company (Vahed), has been jailed for his part in the great bus workers’ strike in 2006 and in forming the bus workers’ union.

In early June 2014 Shahabi began a hunger strike in protest against his transfer to Rajaee Shahr Prison, instead of being admitted to hospital for urgent medical care and treatment. After 43 days hunger strike and a global campaign in support of Reza, he was transferred to hospital. He is still on hunger strike though because he has been handcuffed to his hospital bed and not allowed him to visit with his family. As a result, they have removed his hand cuffs and let him meet his family. Reza continues to protest and insist on his demands. Finally on the fiftieth day of his hunger strike the authorities have agreed with Reza’s sick leave and allowed him medical care. He will be returned to jail when his doctors give the go ahead.

Now Reza and Shahrokh Zamani, another worker activist in Iran who himself is under constant threat and pressure in Rajaee Shahr prison, have written a letter to protest their imprisonment.
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Jul 20 2014

We must break hold of pro-Islamist lobby on the Law Society

Please see an open letter to the leading Pakistani lawyer Asma Jahangir about her forthcoming talk at the Law Society, which has endorsed sharia-compliant wills.

Dear Asma Jahangir,

We are writing to you regarding your forthcoming conversation at the Law Society on Law, Gender and Religion on the 30th July. We are very pleased you are coming to London but are concerned that you may not have been informed about the Law Society’s issuance of guidance which endorses sharia law in Britain and the campaign against it.

One Law for All, Southall Black Sisters, Centre for Secular Space, and LSE Atheist and Humanist Society have led a campaign asking the Law Society to withdraw its discriminatory and dangerous guidance on ‘Sharia Compliant’ wills. Recently, we won an important victory. Southall Black Sisters and One Law for All sought legal advice which resulted in the Solicitors’ Regulatory Authority withdrawing its endorsement of the guidance. The Law Society, however, has still not withdrawn the guidance, and instead embarked on an aggressive promotion of Sharia Law using advocates of parallel legal systems such as the legal academic Maliha Malik, the solicitor Aina Khan and Tariq Ramadan.

Our experience with many prominent British institutions has been that eminent secular voices such as yourself are often used strategically to be able to claim that they have consulted legal experts who have endorsed their position. Indeed, the Law Society claims that they have consulted ‘sharia law’ experts, although they have refused to name them. The guidance on Sharia-compliant wills mentions as references Islamists which defend death by stoning amongst other things.

We would be very pleased if would use this opportunity as a way of supporting the work that we are doing against the increase of religious fundamentalism and its promotion by British institutions. We would be grateful if you would consider calling on the Law Society to withdraw its guidance and to name the ‘experts’ they have consulted as campaigners have demanded.

The Law Society’s Sharia Compliant guidance is relevant to the subject of your talk, since their partners argue that sharia councils and what they call sharia compliant law are essential to the religious freedom of women. The work of the Law Society and the lawyers and academics we mention usually ignore actually existing family law in Pakistan and elsewhere and all progressive judgements on these issues.

It may well be that you have been asked to speak by members of the Law Society who want to present an alternative view, and felt that someone of your eminence, could help to break the hold of the pro-Islamist lobby; and that is why they want you to speak. We hope that you will be able to find some way of publicly supporting our campaign.

We would be very pleased to provide you with any further information you that you require.

With best wishes

Gita Sahgal, Director, Centre for Secular Space
Pragna Patel, Director, Southall Black Sisters
Maryam Namazie, Spokesperson, One Law for All
Chris Moos, Secretary, LSESU Atheist, Secularist and Humanist Society

Jul 20 2014

Moroccan activists defying fasting rules beaten; Join 20 July International Day to Defy Fasting Rules

On July 19th at 7.30pm, the Alternative Movement for Individual Liberties (M.A.L.I.) and the Council of Ex-Muslims of Morocco held a sit-in in front of the parliament in Rabat, Morocco for the International Day to Defy Fasting Rules.

The sit in denounced the violation of freedom of conscience and called on the Moroccan government to repeal Article 222 of the penal code which is incompatible with international Human Rights Conventions signed and ratified by Morocco. Article 222 says “a person commonly known to be Muslim who violates the fast in a public place during Ramadan, without having one of the justifications allowed by Islam [such as travelling or sickness], shall be punished by one to six months in prison,” as well as a fine.

5 minutes into the start of the sit in, 6 non-uniformed police pushed, hit and insulted protesters. They also confiscated three phones and deleted contents of the photos taken as well as photos including that of a Dutch journalist, a laptop and some IDs. This attack in condemned.

On 20 July, International Day to Defy Fasting Rules during Ramadan, join Bread and Roses TV in eating and drinking in public in solidarity with people in Iran, Morocco, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, Iraq… who are beaten, flogged, fined, imprisoned and harassed for contravening compulsory fasting.

To fast or not to fast in a personal choice. The state has no place in imposing religious rules on society.

Join the 20 July international day to defy fasting rules. You can also join Facebook Event.

I and the Bread and Roses team will be in Hyde Park at  1pm across from Serpentine Cafe picnicking. Where will you be? Picnic or eat in public at 1pm to show your solidarity.

Send us photos or videos of your action to be broadcast on our programme.

A media outlet linked to the Islamic regime of Iran has condemned our call for eating in public to challenge compulsory fasting rules. All the more reason to do it…

Join us today.

Bread and Roses
نان و گل سرخ
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: www.facebook.com/NanoGoleSorkh
Twitter: @NanoGoleSorkh
Youtube: youtube.com/breadandrosesTV
Telephone: +44 20 3287 6128

Jul 20 2014

پليس به روزه خواران مراکشى حمله کرد٬ به روز بين لمللى روزه خوارى بپيونديد

در ۱۹ ژوئیه در 07:30، جنبش آلترناتيو برای آزادی های فردی و شورای اکس مسلم از مراکش به تحصن در مقابل مجلس در رباط  برای روز بین المللی روزه خوارى تحصن کردند و نقض آزادی عقیده را محکوم کردند وخواستار لغو قانون 222 از قانون مجازات که با کنوانسیون های بین المللی حقوق بشر ناسازگار شدند. قانون 222 می گوید: “یک فرد معمولا شناخته شده به عنوان مسلمان که نقض سریع در یک محل عمومی در ماه رمضان، بدون اینکه یکی از توجیهات اسلام [مانند سفر یا بیماری] اجازه، باید به یک به شش ماه زندان، مجازات، “و همچنین جريمه است

پنج دقيقه از آغاز تحصن شش پلیس لباس شخصى آنان را تحت فشار قرار دادند، کتک زدند و به معترضان توهین کردند.

آنها همچنین سه تلفن را ضبط کرده و عکس های تلفنها را حذف کردند. عکسهاى روزنامه نگار هلندی، لپ تاپ و برخی از شناسنامه ها را هم ضبط کردند. این حمله محکوم است

به بيست ژوئيه روز بين المللى روزه خوارى بپيونديد در همبستگى با تمام کسانى که در ايران٬ مراکش٬ عراق٬ عربستان سعودى و و و به خاطر روزه خوارى اذيت و آزار مى شوند

تيم نان و گل سرخ ساعت يک بعد اظهر در هايد پارک لندن در مقابل کافه سرپنتاين خواهد بود
شما کجا خواهيد بود؟

عکس روزه خوارى خود را براى ما بفرستيد

مطبوعات تعلق به جمهورى اسلامى فراخوان ما را به روزه خوارى محکوم کرده است

چه دليل بهترى براى روزه خوارى امروز

در فيسبوک هم به روز بين المللى روزه خوارى بپيونديد

Bread and Roses
نان و گل سرخ
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: www.facebook.com/NanoGoleSorkh
Twitter: @NanoGoleSorkh
Youtube: youtube.com/breadandrosesTV
Telephone: +44 20 3287 6128

Jul 17 2014

20 July: Intl Day to defy fasting rules

ruzehxariThe Bread and Roses team will be at Hyde Park across from Serpentine cafe at 1pm on Sunday 20 July to defy fasting rules during Ramadan in solidarity with the many beaten, harassed, flogged and arrested for eating and drinking during Ramadan in Iran and elsewhere.You can either join our picnic if you are close by or hold you own picnic of fast-defying event.  Be sure to send us photos or videos of your day!

To show your support, also join the International Day to Defy Ramadan Fasting Rules on Facebook.

Onwards towards an international movement defying fasting laws!

You can find out more about the event here.

A media outlet associated with the Islamic regime of Iran has condemned a Bread and Roses TV programme in which we drink wine and eat bread in solidarity with all the people who are faced with the Islamic regime of Iran’s security forces and thugs during Ramadan. Those who violate compulsory fasting rules face criminal offences and are met with harassment, beatings, 10 days to 2 months in prison and 74 lashes. (These restrictions can also be found in many others countries from Saudi Arabia to Morocco.). Read our first statement here.

همکاران نان و گل سرخ در روز ۲۰ ژوئيه ساعت ۱ بعد از ظهر در هايد پارک لندن در مقابل سرپندتاين کافه  پيکنيکى در حمايت از مردمى که به خاطر روزه خوارى اذيت و آزار و شلاق و زندانى مى شوند خواهند داشت. شما مى توانيد در اين پيک نيک شرکت کنيد و يا پيکنيک ىا روزه خوارى خودتان را سازمان بدهيد.حتما عکس و ويديوى روزه خوارى خود را براى ما بفرستيد

در فيسبوک هم به روز بين المللى روزه خوارى بپيونديد

 اطلاعات بيشترى اينجا است

یکى از سایتهاى وابسته به جمهورى اسلامى برنامه نان و گل سرخ  ما را که در همبستگى با تمام مردمى است که در ماه رمضان مورد هجوم دستگاههاى پلیسى و ارازل و اوباش جمهورى اسلامى قرار میگیرند محکوم کرده است. در ایرانِ تحت حکومت اسلام، خوردن غذا و نوشیدن آب در تابستان گرم در ماه رمضان جرم است و هر متخاطى از این قوانین با آزار و اذیت خیابانى و بعلاوه ده روز تا دو ماه  زندان و ٧۴ ضربه شلاق روبرو است٬ اينجا مى توانيد آن را بخوانيد

!پيش بسوى جنبش جهانى روزه خوارى

Bread and Roses
نان و گل سرخ
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: www.facebook.com/NanoGoleSorkh
Twitter: @NanoGoleSorkh
Youtube: youtube.com/breadandrosesTV
Telephone: +44 20 3287 6128

 

Jul 16 2014

20 July – International Day to Defy Ramadan Fasting Rules

ژوئيه – روز بين اللمللى روزه خوارى 20
در همبستگى با کسانى که براى خوردن در ماه رمضان اذيت و زندانى مى شوند
برنامه نان و گل ۲۰ ژوئيه را روز بين اللمللى روزه خوارى اعلام کرده است

20 July – International Day to Defy Ramadan Fasting Rules
In solidarity with people who are beaten, flogged, harassed for eating and drinking during Ramadan in Iran and elsewhere

Jul 16 2014

ISIS is no-one’s representative

داعش نماينده هىچ کس نيست
۱۶ ژوئيه ۲۰۱۴
مصاحبه با هوزان محمود٬ سخنگوى سازمان آزادى زنان در عراق

ISIS is no-one’s representative
15 July 2014
Interview with Houzan Mahmoud, Spokesperson of
Organisation for Women’s Freedom in Iraq

Jul 12 2014

July 12: International Day of Solidarity with Reza Shahabi and Behnam Ebrahimzadeh

freethemnowJoin the international day of solidarity with jailed labour activists in Iran, in particular Reza Shahabi and Behnam Ebrahimzadeh who need urgent medical care.

You can download the poster of the jailed workers, take a photo of yourself holding the poster and send it to Fariborz Pooya ([email protected]) to publicise on New Channel TV.

Join us. Together we must help save their lives.

Urgent Action: Reza Shahabi is dying and Behnam Ebrahimzadeh needs urgent medical care

Labour activist Reza Shahabi, a member of the Executive Committee of Tehran Vahed Bus Company Workers’ Union has been on hunger strike since June 1st in protest to his being transferred to the notorious Rejai-Shahr prison and the consequent denial of his sick leave to receive medical treatment. Reza Shahabi’s FTNOW1health has been deteriorating with severe weight loss; he has loss of more than 12 kilograms.

Shahrokh Zamani, another labour activist and Union member who is in the same prison ward has called for an international campaign in support of Reza Shahabi.

Meanwhile, Behnam Ebrahimzadeh, a leading workers’ right activist who was kept in solitary confinement in ward 209 of the notorious Evin prison from May 3 to June 29 was allowed to meet his family after pressure; however on the same night, the intelligence services of the Islamic regime of Iran raided his home and interrogated his 15 year old son Nima, who suffers from leukemia and has been under treatment. They furthermore confiscated the child’s PC and other documents. Ebrahimzadeh also suffers from health problems due to tortures inflicted by the regime.

In response to Shahrokh Zamani’s urgent call for action and to protest against the life-threatening situation of Reza Shahabi and Behnam Ebrahimzadeh, we are calling for an international day of action in their support.

We call on all Trade unions and labour organisations, human rights bodies and the public to support this campaign with every means possible.

With this campaign and our support, let us assure Reza Shahabi that we will make sure he is not forgotten and call upon him to end his hunger strike.

Reza Shahabi and Behnam Ebrahimzadeh must be immediately and unconditionally released and must receive immediate medical treatment. Behnam Ebrahimzadeh must be allowed to be by the side of his ill child.

Here is our Bread and Roses video explaining the situation:

Free Them Now! Campaign to Free Jailed Workers in Iran

Jul 11 2014

The Solicitor’s Regulatory Authority withdraws its endorsement of the Law Society’s discriminatory practice note on Sharia wills

1398734961-protest-staged-against-law-societys-decision-to-recognize-sharia-law_4591701 (1)PRESS RELEASE
11 July 2014

Southall Black Sisters (SBS) and One Law for All welcomes the decision by the Solicitor’s Regulatory Authority (SRA), the regulatory body for solicitors, to remove the Law Society’s controversial practice note(1) on drafting ‘Sharia compliant’ wills (2) from its ethics guidance on wills. The decision clearly demonstrates that the SRA considers it inappropriate to continue to endorse the note.

The SRA decision comes after threatened legal action on gender equality grounds and represents an important step in our campaign against the Law Society. On 13 March 2014, the Law Society issued a practice note for solicitors on drafting ‘Sharia’ compliant wills. The note, which was drafted with reference to conservative if not fundamentalist Muslim ‘experts’ (3) but not minority women’s organisations, said:

… illegitimate and adopted children are not Sharia heirs…The male heirs in most cases receive double the amount inherited by a female heir… Non-Muslims may not inherit at all…a divorced spouse is no longer a Sharia heir…

This appalling institutional endorsement of direct gender and other forms of discrimination has been the subject of threatened legal action against the Law Society itself. We have demanded that the Law Society withdraw its guidance but it has resolutely refused to do so. In an extraordinary show of defiance, in a letter dated 4 June 1014, the Law Society stated that it had no intention of withdrawing the practice note and that ‘no equality and diversity implications’ arose from the note. Since receiving the SRA’s decision we have now written to the Law Society again demanding a reconsideration of their position. We are also taking further legal advice on the question of whether solicitors acting on the practice note might be themselves acting unlawfully.

Louise Whitfield of Deighton Pierce Glynn Solicitors acting on our behalf said:

I am surprised that the Law Society considers that it did not have to consult with any women’s organisations or organisations working with Muslim women, despite the fact that there are significant disputes surrounding Sharia succession rules and a wide range of interpretations as to how they should apply. The Law Society should reconsider its position and withdraw the practice note now that the SRA has agreed to remove its own reference to it.

Pragna Patel of SBS said:

It beggars belief that the Law Society can see no wrong in issuing such blatantly discriminatory and offensive guidance. It shows a racist and callous disregard for minority women’s struggles for equality and Justice in the face of encroaching illiberal religious power. The Law Society should be encouraging and legitimising an equality and human rights and not Sharia compliant legal culture. We urge the Law Society to remove its practice note which is contributing to the disturbing creation of a culture of ‘Sharia compliant’ law and policy in the UK.

Maryam Namazie from One Law for All said:

There is no place for Sharia in Britain’s legal system just as there is no place for it anywhere. Sharia – like all religious laws – is based on a dogmatic and regressive philosophy and a warped understanding of the concepts of equality and justice. It is not a rule for equals and has no place in a modern state or system of law. The Law Society must immediately withdraw its shameful guidance.

NOTES.

1. See SRA ethics guidance on drafting and preparation of wills.

2. The Reference notesaid: “If you are acting for clients for whom Sharia succession rules may be relevant you will find the Law Society’s practice note on the subject helpful.”

3. See for example: Inheritance – Regulations & Exhortations (2nd edition) by Muhammad Al Jibaly, published by Al-Hidaayah Publishing & Distribution Ltd.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Pragna Patel, Director of Southall Black Sisters, [email protected] 02085719595.

Louise Whitfield or Sasha Rozansky of Deighton Piece Glynn, [email protected]
[email protected] 02074070007.

Maryam Namazie of One Law for All, maryamnamazie@[email protected] 077 1916 6731.

Jul 11 2014

Karima Bennoune: When People of Muslim Heritage Challenge Fundamentalism

Watch Karima Bennoune’s TEDX talk: When People of Muslim Heritage Challenge Fundamentalism. In it she says, In every country where armed jihadis are active, there are unarmed citizens fighting them.

Karima is a speaker at the 11-12 October conference on the Religious-Right, Secularism and Civil Rights. You can register for the conference here.

Jul 09 2014

12 July Action: Free Labour Activists Now!

Worker-communist Party of Iran Abroad – UK branch is calling all Trade unions and labour organisations, human rights bodies and the public to support and join the international solidarity with imprisoned Iranian Labour activist Reza Shahabi and Behnam Ebrahimzaden.

Reza Shabi is a member of the Executive Committee of Tehran Vahed Bus Company Workers’ Union has been on hunger strike since June 1st in protest to his being transferred to the notorious Rejai-Shahr prison to prevent him from receiving medical treatment.

Behnam Ebrahimzadeh, a leading workers’ right activist who was kept in solitary confinement until June 29 was allowed to meet his family and immediately on the same night, the intelligence services of the Islamic regime of Iran raided his home and interrogated his 15 year old son Nima, who suffers from leukemia and has been under treatment.

To protest against the Islamic regime of Iran which is imposing life-threatening conditions on Reza Shahabi and Behnam Ebrahimzadeh, we are supporting the international day on Saturday 12 July 2014 in solidarity with Reza Shahabi and Behnam Ebrahimzadeh and demand immediate release of these two and other jailed workers who have committed no wrong but defending workers right!

Solidarity Protest Saturday 12 July 2014
London: Trafalgar Square (National Gallery)
2:00p.m. to 4:00p.m.

For further information and to organise support please contact WPI–UK Branch [email protected] ++ 44 (0) 7861 740 999

Jul 09 2014

Women in the Revolutions

Bread and Roses TV – A Political Social Magazine on New Channel TV
With Maryam Namazie, Fariborz Pooya, and Bahram Soroush
Director: Reza Moradi; Programme Consultant: Poone Ravi

برنامه نان و گل سرخ مجله ای سیاسی – اجتماعی در کانال جديد
با فريبرز پويا٬ بهرام سروش و مريم نمازى
کارگردان: رضا مرادى٬ مشاور برنامه: پونه راوى

THIS WEEK’S PROGRAMME/برنامه ها

زنان در انقلابات
۹ ژوئيه ۲۰۱۴
مصاحبه با مجدولين عبيده٬ فعال حقوق زن اهل ليبى

Women in Revolution
8 July 2014
Interview with Magdulien Abaida, Libyan Women’s Rights Activist


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Jul 08 2014

20 July – International day to defy fasting rules during Ramadan

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A media outlet associated with the Islamic regime of Iran has condemned a Bread and Roses TV programme in which we drink wine and eat bread in solidarity with all the people who are faced with the Islamic regime of Iran’s security forces and thugs during Ramadan. Those who violate compulsory fasting rules face criminal offences and are met with harassment, beatings, 10 days to 2 months in prison and 74 lashes. (These restrictions can also be found in many others countries from Saudi Arabia to Morocco.)

Apparently, our programme entitled ‘happy fasting violations’ has caused a headache for the regime, given its quick response: “Fariborz Pooya, Bahram Soroush and Maryam Namazie, three mercenary counter-revolutionary elements, have in the past few days broadcast a clip entitled ‘happy defying fasting rules’ in cyberspace encouraging opponents of the sacred system of the Islamic Republic of Iran to defy fasting regulations! In this clip, Maryam Namazie, an immoral and corrupt woman who is considered a counter-revolutionary tool earning a living by doing anything to jostle a position for herself amongst the counter-revolutionaries, along with Fariborz Pooya and Bahram Soroush, drinks alcohol to the health of those who undermine the fasting rules; and according to her comes to challenge the system. She also encourages opponents to strike at the system by violating fasting rules”.

One can only laugh out loud at this nonsense. Of course I will encourage people to violate fasting rules! A regime that criminalises what people eat, drink and think and suppresses them deserves nothing less than our contempt. All the people who transgress its inhuman norms deserve our greatest support and solidarity.

Just as people in Iran violate gender segregation at stadiums, or unveil or … what could be better than defying fasting rules by eating in public during Ramadan?

I suggest that we hold an International Day to Defy Fasting Rules on 20 July at 1pm in support of all those who have been harassed, intimidated, beaten, abused, imprisoned, and flogged during Ramadan. At 1pm, I will be picnicking at Hyde Park with friends of Bread and Roses. Where will you be?

To join in the international day, send us details of your picnics, or email us video footage and photos of your picnics for broadcast on Bread and Roses TV.

From Iran to Maldives, Jordan to Iraq and Afghanistan, onwards towards an international movement of defying fasting rules!

Bread and Roses
نان و گل سرخ
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Jul 08 2014

روز بين المللى روزه خوارى

English

مريم نمازى

یکى از سایتهاى وابسته به جمهورى اسلامى برنامه نان و گل سرخ  ما را که در همبستگى با تمام مردمى است که در ماه رمضان مورد هجوم دستگاههاى پلیسى و ارازل و اوباش جمهورى اسلامى قرار میگیرند محکوم کرده است. در ایرانِ تحت حکومت اسلام، خوردن غذا و نوشیدن آب در تابستان گرم در ماه رمضان جرم است و هر متخاطى از این قوانین با آزار و اذیت خیابانى و بعلاوه ده روز تا دو ماه  زندان و ٧۴ ضربه شلاق روبرو است.

ظاهرا کلیپ “روزه خوارى تان مبارک” براى جمهورى اسلامى دردسر درست کرده که با چنین سرعتی عکس العمل نشان داده است: “فریبرز پویا، بهرام سروش و مریم نمازی سه عنصر خودفروخته ضد انقلاب هستند که در روزهای اخیر با انتشار کلیپی با عنوان “روزه خواری شما مبارک” در فضای مجازی مخالفان نظام مقدس جمهوری اسلامی ایران را تشویق به روزه خواری کردند. مریم نمازی که یک هرزه و زن فاسد و از ابزارهای ضد انقلاب برای جو سازی به شمار می آید و برای امرار معاش دست به هر کاری می زند و برای این که در میان ضد انقلاب جایی باز کند در این کلیپ به همراه فریبرز پویا و بهرام سروش با خوردن مشروب به سلامتی کسانی که روزه خواری می کنند به قول خودش به مقابله با نظام آمده است!!! و مخالفان نظام را هم تشویق می کند برای ضربه زدن به جمهوری اسلامی روزه خواری کنند.”

آدم با خواندن این اراجیف، خنده که سهل است، قهقه میزند! البته که من مردم را به روزه خوارى تشویق میکنم. حکومتى که غذا خوردن، آب نوشیدن و اندیشیدن مردم را جرم میداند و سرکوب میکند، چیزى بجز تحقیر از سوی ما نثارش نخواهد شد، و مردمى که این قوانین را هر روز زیر پا مى گذارند بیشترین همبستگى انسانى و حمایت را بهمراه خواهند داشت.

همانطور که مردم در ایران هر روز آپارتاید جنسى را زیر پا میگذارند، حجاب از سر میکشند و …، چه چیزی بهتر از این که قوانین روزه و رمضان را در روز روشن و علنى پایمال کنند؟ جنبش جهانى روزه خوارى پاسخ این هاست.

من پيشنهاد ميكنم كه در هبستگى با تمام كسانى كه در ماه رمضان  تحت فشار، آزار و آزيت ، تعقيب و سركوب قرار دارند يكشنبه ٢۰ ژوئيه ٢۰١٤ را روز بين المللي روزه خوارى اعلام كنيم. ما در هايد پارك لندن ساعت يك بعد از ظهر بهمراه دوستان نان و گل سرخ پيك نيك برگزار ميكنيم.  شما كجا خواهيد بود؟

براى پيوستن به اين روز بين المللى روزه خوارى برنامه هاى خود را براى ما بفرستيد، وديوكليپ و عكس هاى  براى پخش در برنامه تلويزيونى نان و گل سرخ براى ما ايميل كنيد. همچنين ميتوانيد در .فيس بوك ما برنامه ها و عكس هاى خود را بگذاريد

 !پيش بسوى جنبش جهانى روزه خوارى

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نان و گل سرخ

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Jul 08 2014

جام شراب ما در همبستگی با روزه خواران علنی

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از ژورنال

یکى از سایتهاى وابسته به جمهورى اسلامى برنامه نان و گل سرخ ما را که در همبستگى با تمام مردمى است که در ماه رمضان مورد هجوم دستگاههاى پلیسى و ارازل و اوباش جمهورى اسلامى قرار میگیرند محکوم کرده است. در ایرانِ تحت حکومت اسلام، خوردن غذا و نوشیدن آب در تابستان گرم در ماه رمضان جرم است و هر متخاطى از این قوانین با آزار و اذیت خیابانى و بعلاوه ده روز تا دو ماه زندان و ٧۴ ضربه شلاق روبرو است.

ظاهرا کلیپ “روزه خوارى تان مبارک ” براى جمهورى اسلامى دردسر درست کرده که با چنین سرعتی عکس العمل نشان داده است: “فریبرز پویا، بهرام سروش و مریم نمازی سه عنصر خودفروخته ضد انقلاب هستند که در روزهای اخیر با انتشار کلیپی با عنوان “روزه خواری شما مبارک” در فضای مجازی مخالفان نظام مقدس جمهوری اسلامی ایران را تشویق به روزه خواری کردند. مریم نمازی که یک هرزه و زن فاسد و از ابزارهای ضد انقلاب برای جو سازی به شمار می آید و برای امرار معاش دست به هر کاری می زند و برای این که در میان ضد انقلاب جایی باز کند در این کلیپ به همراه فریبرز پویا و بهرام سروش با خوردن مشروب به سلامتی کسانی که روزه خواری می کنند به قول خودش به مقابله با نظام آمده است!!! و مخالفان نظام را هم تشویق می کند برای ضربه زدن به جمهوری اسلامی روزه خواری کنند.”

آدم با خواندن این اراجیف، خنده که سهل است، قهقه میزند! البته که من مردم را به روزه خوارى تشویق میکنم. حکومتى که غذا خوردن، آب نوشیدن و اندیشیدن مردم را جرم میداند و سرکوب میکند، چیزى بجز تحقیر از سوی ما نثارش نخواهد شد، و مردمى که این قوانین را هر روز زیر پا مى گذارند بیشترین همبستگى انسانى و حمایت را بهمراه خواهند داشت.

همانطور که مردم در ایران هر روز آپارتاید جنسى را زیر پا میگذارند، حجاب از سر میکشند و …، چه چیزی بهتر از این که قوانین روزه و رمضان را در روز روشن و علنى پایمال کنند؟ جنبش جهانى روزه .خوارى پاسخ این هاست

مریم نمازی

Jul 08 2014

Promotion of the violation of fasting rules by drinking alcohol to challenge the system

enghelabnews

The below is the full translation of an article published in a media outlet associated with the Islamic regime of Iran against Bread and Roses TV and its hosts Maryam Namazie, Fariborz Pooya and Bahram Soroush. Read it and laugh!

Promotion of the violation of fasting rules by drinking alcohol to challenge the system
Enghelab News
7 July 2014

Counter-revolutionaries who use any means to conspire in the media against the sacred system of the Islamic Republic, have this time broadcast a clip encouraging opponents of the system to break fasting rules in order to oppose the Islamic Republic’s system!

According to the media monitoring service of ‘Engelab News’: Fariborz Pooya, Bahram Soroush and Maryam Namazie, three mercenary counter-revolutionary elements, have in the past few days broadcast a clip entitled “happy fasting violations” in cyberspace encouraging opponents of the sacred system of the Islamic Republic of Iran to violate fasting rules!

In this clip, Maryam Namazie, an immoral and corrupt woman who is considered a counter-revolutionary tool earning a living by doing anything to jostle a position for herself amongst the counter-revolutionaries, along with Fariborz Pooya and Bahram Soroush, drinks alcohol to the health of those who undermine the fasting rules; and according to her comes to challenge the system. She also encourages opponents to strike at the system by violating fasting rules.

With this ridiculous and farcical action, Maryam Namazie is even more exposed than before because she has not been and is not accepted amongst some counter-revolutionary elements. Some of them have even officially said Namazie is a harlot and a corrupt woman who just wants to jostle a position and promote herself amongst the counter-revolutionaries.

In this clip, these counter-revolutionary elements led by Maryam Namazie officially declare their solidarity with those who violate fasting rules in Iran and give them support!

Maryam Namazie has had a secret long term affair with Farokh Negahdar and has been known to be his girl friend.

In the past, counter -revolutionaries have tried to encourage fasting violations but not in such an absurd and ridiculous manner as drinking wine in the holy month of Ramadan.

Jul 06 2014

Support Iranian Labour activists. Reza Shahabi life is in danger

10346106_750929241631298_2506882444654765833_nReza Shahabi and Behanm Ebrahimzadeh need urgent support
The life of Reza Shahabi is in real danger

Reza Shahabi, a member of the executive board of the Union of Workers of Tehran and Suburbs United Bus Company(Vahed), has been jailed for his part in the great bus workers’ strike in 2006 and in forming the bus workers’ union. He has already served more than three years of a four-year sentence.

There are concerns that he is dying due to his hunger strike in Gohardasht Prison. On 1 June 2014 Shahabi was transferred from ward 350 to Gohardasht Prison rather than being transferred to hospital for surgery. Since his transfer to Gohardasht Prison, Reza Shahabi has been on a hunger strike for the past 35 days, he is in now critical health conditions and his life is in danger. No prison authorities or the Islamic regime officials have paid any attention to his legitimate demands yet. Shahrokh Zamani, another worker activist in Iran who himself is under constant threat and pressure in Gohardasht prison has expressed his serious concerns for the life of the jailed Iranian labour activist Reza Shahabi.

Shahabi suffers from multiple medical conditions, including a severe back problem. Unfinished treatments have led to deterioration in Shahabi’s condition; problems in his neck, back and arms and legs are threatening and might paralyse him. In a protest letter to the prison authorities, he writes: “I have problems in both my legs, which go numb and are getting weaker, so I can only get up with massage and with the help of my cell mates”. He then asks: “Is this anything but prisoners’ slow death through physical and mental exhaustion”? He says, if anything happens to him, the responsibility lies with the judiciary, the prisons’ organisation and the highest state authorities.

Another labour activist, Behnam Ebrahimzadeh, has been in prison since June 2010 on a five-year sentence for union activities. During a recent assault on political prisoners in Ward 350 of Evin Prison on 17th of June, he was among the prisoners who were severely beaten up and injured and moved to ward 240 of Evin prison. Due to massive protests, he was moved back to ward 350 on May Day. On May 3rd, he was moved to ward 209. (Ward 209 is the interrogation unit of Evin Prison in Tehran. Run by the Ministry of the intelligence, torture and maltreatment is routinely practised as part of the interrogations.) Authorities has forbidden him visitors since then.

We are concerned for his well-being too. Before the time he was moved to general ward 209, he had the chance to meet his family on June 27. However, following this meeting police forces raided his home and took their computers and some documents; the police threatened his wife and his 15 years old son in order to extract from them whatever they knew.

It should also be noted that Nima Ebrahimzadeh, Behnam’s only son, suffers leukaemia, a fact that has added to Behnam Ebrahimzadeh’s psychological distress.

Ebrahimzadeh is a member of the Committee to Pursue the Establishment of Labour Organisations and a campaigner for children’s rights. He has been subjected to severe torture during his incarceration.

We call on all trade unions and human rights organisations around the world and all those appalled by the horrific human rights abuse in Iran to support Reza Shahabi, Behnam Ebrahimzadeh and workers rights in Iran.

All jailed trade unionists and political prisoners must be freed immediately and unconditionally! Harassment of workers and their families must stop immediately!

Free Them Now! Campaign to Free Jailed Workers in Iran

Shahla Daneshfar [email protected]
Bahram Soroush [email protected]
free-them-now.blogspot.co.uk/
4 July 2014

Jul 06 2014

Happy eating during Ramadan!

روزه خوارى شما مبارک

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