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Monthly Archive: January 2008

Jan 31 2008

Keep the pressure on: Kambakhsh has to be released immediately

Around 200 people marched to the United Nations office in Kabul on Thursday to protest the death sentence of 23-year-old Perwiz Kambakhsh, an Afghan reporter and journalism student, accused of blasphemy. He had downloaded from the Internet and distributed articles that were said to question some of the tenets of Islam, including those related to …

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Jan 25 2008

Atrocious acts of brutality must stop in Iran!

Open letter to: UN Secretary General, Mr. Ban Ki-moon President of the European Parliament, Mr. Hans-Ger Pöttering Amnesty International It is with deep sorrow that I have to inform you of the following horrifying news. Mr. Ebrahim Lotfollaahi, student at the University of Sanandaj in Iran, was kidnapped by the agents of the Ministry of …

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Jan 24 2008

Upcoming Events

To find out more about upcoming events I will be speaking at, click here. In the next two weeks I will be at the following: Life after leaving Islam at Cambridge University Atheist and Agnostic Society on January 30, 2008 at 7:30pm. On whether western nations take action against Iran, Philosophical Society, Trinity College, February …

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Jan 24 2008

Week of Action in support of jailed political prisoners

To international labour and human rights organisations Week of Action in support of jailed students and political prisoners in Iran (2–9 Feb 2008) The news on the condition of over 50 jailed students in Iran is very worrying. Last week Ebrahim Lotfollaahi was killed under torture in the city of Sanandaj. Nearly two months since …

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Jan 23 2008

New TV programme called Secular Society

Watch Fariborz Pooya’s new weekly TV programme called Secular Society. In this week’s programme, he interviews Hamid Taqvaee on the role of state in a secular society and the question of neutrality of state towards religion and Maryam Namazie on the comments made by Bishop of Rochester, Nazir Ali, on the question of ‘no go …

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Jan 22 2008

Call for the Immediate Release of Afghan Journalist Parwiz Kambakhsh

Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan (RAWA) Appeal January 17, 2008 The criminals who are in power in Afghanistan have imprisoned Parwiz Kambakhsh, a young journalist, since October 2007 in Balkh province – Northern Afghanistan. He is threatened to be hanged by the dark-minded and ignorant judges in the medieval courts of Afghanistan. The …

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Jan 21 2008

Join a week of protest calling for the release of jailed students in Iran

During the past month-and-a-half a large number of university students have been arrested at universities or towns throughout Iran for the “crime” of defending human rights and humanist values through organising or taking part in December 7th (Student Day) actions. They are currently held in prisons, suffering various forms of abusive treatment. During this period, …

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Jan 17 2008

Religion and Schools

Maryam Namazie joins Richard Dawkins, Schools Select Committee chairman Barry Sheerman, and others on a debate regarding religion and schools on January 17, 2008 on Teachers TV. To see the one hour programme, click here. Maryam comes on in the final section of the programme.

Jan 11 2008

Mina and Maryam are women of the year

From the National Secular Society’s Newsline Mina Ahadi and Maryam Namazie – leading lights in the ex-Muslim movement – have been voted among the top 45 women of year by Elle magazine in Quebec. Both Mina and Maryam have been winners of the National Secular Society’s Secularist of the Year award and Maryam is an …

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Jan 08 2008

Help abolish balsphemy law

Parliamentary attempt to abolish blasphemy law From the National Secular Society We have been working closely with our Honorary Associate Dr Evan Harris MP, who has identified an opportunity to challenge the blasphemy law in the House of Commons. On Wednesday, 9 January, Dr Harris will table as an amendment to the Criminal Justice and …

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Jan 07 2008

Women of the Year

Mina Ahadi and Maryam Namazie have been selected as two of the top 45 women of the year by Elle Quebec (Canada) for their work in the Councils of Ex-Muslims. To see the cover and relevant page, click here.

Jan 06 2008

On Benazir Bhutto

The below is a letter to the editor that was not published today by the Observer: When Benazir Bhutto’s father was executed by General Zia-ul-Haq, no western commentator could have pointed to the Islamist generalissimo as a herald of Social justice and expect to get away with it. Yet this is precisely how William Dalrymple …

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Jan 06 2008

At least 50 and possibly hundreds of Ahwazi Arabs

According to an Amnesty International Urgent Action, on 30 December, at least 50 and possibly hundreds of men from Iran’s Ahwazi Arabs were arrested as they attended a memorial in Ahvaz City, the capital of the south-western Khuzestan province. They were detained following an attack by members of the police and Bassij forces. Those arrested, …

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