Maryam Namazie

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Name: Maryam Namazie
Date registered: November 2, 2011
URL: http://www.maryamnamazie.com


aryam Namazie is a political activist, campaigner and blogger. She is the Spokesperson for Fitnah - Movement for Women's Liberation, Equal Rights Now, One Law for All Campaign against Sharia Law in Britain and the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain. She works closely with Iran Solidarity, which she founded, and the International Committee against Stoning. She is current editor of Fitnah's monthly English publication Unveiled and will be hosting a weekly television programme in Persian called Bread and Roses broadcast in Iran and the Middle East via New Channel TV from mid-February 2014. Maryam is Humanist Laureate at the International Academy of Humanism since 2013, Central Committee member of the Worker-communist Party of Iran; National Secular Society Honorary Associate; Honorary Associate of Rationalist International and Emeritus Member of the Secular Humanist League of Brazil. In June 2012, The Islamic regime of Iran's media outlets did an 'exposé' on Maryam entitled 'Meet this anti-religion woman'. Maryam was a character in DV8 Physical Theatre's Can We Talk About This?, which deals with freedom of speech, censorship and Islam. She was awarded Journalist of the Year at the Dods Women in Public Life Awards (2013); selected one of the top 45 women of the year by Elle magazine Quebec (2007); awarded the National Secular Society's Secularist of the Year Award (2005); selected 'Iranian of the Year' by Iranian.com readers (1997 and 1998); International Rescue Committee medal recipient (1988); and received the Julia B. Friedman Humanitarian Award (1987). In the past few years, she has initiated a Day to Stand with Bangladesh's Bloggers and Activists; an International Day to Defend Amina and the Nude Photo Revolutionary Calendar 2012-2013 and helped launch the Manifesto for a Free and Secular Middle East and North Africa. She has spoken and written numerous articles on women's rights issues, free expression, political Islam, and secularism and been interviewed by all the major international news outlets. She has co-authored Sharia Law in Britain: A Threat to One Law for All and Equal Rights (One Law for All, June 2010), Enemies Not Allies: The Far-Right (One Law for All, August 2011), and The Political and Legal Status of Apostates in Islam (CEMB, December 2013). She also has an essay entitled ‘When the Hezbollah came to my School’ in 50 Voices of Disbelief: Why We Are Atheists (Wiley-Blackwell, October 2009) and is featured in A Better Life: A Hundred Atheists Speak out on Joy and Meaning in a World Without God (2013) amongst others. Previously, Namazie produced a weekly TV International programme broadcast in the Middle East; was the elected Executive Director of the International Federation of Iranian Refugees, a refugee run organisation with 60 branches in 15 countries worldwide for 8 years; founded the Committee for Humanitarian Assistance to Iranian Refugees; was the Human Rights Advocates Training Programme Coordinator at Columbia University's Centre for the Study of Human Rights in New York and the NYC Refugee Coordinator/ US National Steering Committee Member of Amnesty International. She was Co-founder of Human Rights Without Frontiers based in the Sudan, Co-founder and President of the US-based Refugee Women’s Network and ran a refugee women's leadership training programme in NYC.

Latest posts

  1. We must break hold of pro-Islamist lobby on the Law Society — July 20, 2014
  2. Moroccan activists defying fasting rules beaten; Join 20 July International Day to Defy Fasting Rules — July 20, 2014
  3. پليس به روزه خواران مراکشى حمله کرد٬ به روز بين لمللى روزه خوارى بپيونديد — July 20, 2014
  4. 20 July: Intl Day to defy fasting rules — July 17, 2014
  5. 20 July – International Day to Defy Ramadan Fasting Rules — July 16, 2014

Most commented posts

  1. Nude Photo Revolutionary Calendar is Here! — 194 comments
  2. Malaysia must pay for this and Saudi Arabia too: Hamza must live — 170 comments
  3. 4 April 2013: International Day to Defend Amina; she represents us — 150 comments
  4. You can expect threats if you discuss Sharia — 144 comments
  5. World Hijab Day!? — 138 comments

Author's posts listings

Jun 24 2014

Less than 100 days left to register for the conference on Religious-Right, Secularism and Civil Rights


Conference Leaflet for Distribution Available Here. Conference Website Here. فارسى Less than 100 days left to register for the conference of a life-time Conference on the Religious-Right, Secularism and Civil Rights 11-12 October 2014 The Tower Hotel, London, UK Join notable free-thinkers, atheists and secularists from around the world for a weekend of discussions and …

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Jun 24 2014

کمتر از صد روز براى ثبت نام در کنفرانس تاريخى در مورد مذهب، سکولاریسم و ​​حقوق مدنی باقی است


English کمتر از صد روز براى ثبت نام در کنفرانس تاريخى باقی است در مورد مذهب، سکولاریسم و ​​حقوق مدنی ۱۱-۱۲ اکتبر ۲۰۱۴ تاور هتل، لندن، انگلستان آزاداندیشان و سکولاریست‌های سرشناس از سراسر جهان در ۱۱ و ۱۲ اکتبر ۲۰۱۴ در تاور هتل لندن گرد هم می‌آیند تا درباره راست افراطى و اسلام  سياسى، حملات …

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Jun 23 2014

Repeal Moroccan Article 222: Stop penalising people for eating during Ramadan

Article 222 of the Moroccan Penal Code states that: “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. …

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Jun 22 2014

In support of Shahin Najafi’s nude protest for political prisoners in Evin

پيام به شاهين نجفى و گروهش از مريم نمازى٬ فريبرز پويا و بهرام سروش٬ برنامه نان و گل سرخ در دفاع از اعتراض عريان کارگردان: رضا مرداى مشاور برنامه: پونه راوى

Jun 18 2014

Bread and Roses: Nothing is Sacred. On free expression

.برنامه نان و گل سرخ مجله ای سیاسی – اجتماعی در کانال جديد. روز پخش ۱۸ ژوئن ۲۰۱۴ اين هفته در مورد آزادى ابراز عقيده و تمسخر مذهب. هيچ چيز مقدس نيست با فريبرز پويا٬ بهرام سروش و مريم نمازى. مصاحبه با کمدين کيت سمورتويت. کارگردان: رضا مرادى مشاور برنامه: پونه راوى Bread and Roses, 17 …

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Jun 18 2014

Ofsted must revise its guidance and put needs of children before religion and religious-Right

The Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain is appalled at Ofsted’s recently updated guidance on faith schools. The guidance asserts that segregation of the sexes is not a sign of inequality and that veiling is a sign of Islamic “modesty” and “identity”; it also justifies restrictions on everything from art and music to sex and health …

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Jun 11 2014

Only 6 days left to support Bread and Roses


Dear friend Thanks to 82 people, we have managed to raise £2,465 towards our second Bread and Roses fundraising campaign for much-needed equipment. With only 6 days left and more than £12,500 more to raise, though, we were hoping you or someone you know might be willing and able to help us reach our target. Bread and …

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Jun 09 2014

Really iERA? Legal action?

Below is an email I just received from iERA – the organisation we recently exposed  as a hate group (not charity) in our report entitled Evangelising Hate. They are now threatening the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain (CEMB) and myself with legal action unless we remove one paragraph on my blog (though they are also “taking legal advice on the …

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Jun 03 2014

Stealthy Freedom and unveiled women in Iran

Watch this week’s Bread and Roses TV on Stealthy Freedom and Unveiling of Women in Iran. In English. Interview with Journal Editor Keyvan Javid. UPDATE: Farsi programme below. Clearly an Islamic regime with unveiled women walking around is impossible. An advisor to Khamenei has said the regime has lost control of compulsory veiling.   Yes it has… …

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May 31 2014

What happens to iERA T-Shirts in my hands

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The iERA has sent the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain (CEMB) two T-shirts. You know, the yellow ones which their dawah teams wear on the streets of Britain to hate-preach misogyny and death to apostates, gays, Jews, unveiled women, Muslims who don’t agree with them…. They have sent the T-shirts to prove that anyone can wear them. …

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May 31 2014

A female earthquake by “stealth”


My editorial in May issue of Fitnah’s “Unveiled” (Full Issue available here) Tehranˈs Interim Friday Prayers Leader Hojjatoeslam Kazem Sedighi recently said: “In certain towns and cities, some have been seen to have removed their headscarves. This lack of hijab has infiltrated homes via internet and satellite TV…” Hadi Sharifi, a “media activist” interviewed by Tasnim, a state-run …

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May 31 2014

Fitnah Unveiled (May): Secularism is a Human Right


A Publication of Fitnah – Movement for Women’s Liberation May 2014 Volume 2, Issue 5 Editor: Maryam Namazie Design: Kiran Opal VIEW PDF FILE OF THIS MONTH’S ISSUE HERE   Secularism is a Human Right Interview with AC Grayling The below is a Bread and Roses TV  interview broadcast via New Channel TV on 20 …

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May 28 2014

برنامه نان و گل سرخ در مورد ارتداد

در برنامه اين هفته ما در مورد ارتداد و ترک اسلام صحبت مى کنيم مى توانيد برنامه فارسى زبان را اينجا ببينيد

May 27 2014

Bread and Roses: On Apostasy

See this week’s Bread and Roses TV programme in English on the issue of apostasy and the execution sentence of Mariam Yahya Ibrahim in Sudan. In this week’s programme, I speak with Nahla Mahmoud, Spokesperson of the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain. The Persian programme will be broadcast via New Channel TV tomorrow and will be …

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May 27 2014

On iERA: Let me say what no one is saying clearly enough

The Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain’s (CEMB) has a new report “Evangelising Hate” on the Islamic Education and Research Academy (iERA). It has received quite a bit of media coverage (though of course not from the Guardian) particularly since its publication coincides with a Charity Commission investigation into the iERA. CEMB is calling for iERA to be …

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May 23 2014

iERA: Islamic far-Right and Hate Group not Charity


The Islamic Education and Research Academy (iERA) has responded to the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain’s (CEMB) new report “Evangelising Hate”. Rather than address the numerous documented facts of hate speech by those associated with the organisation against ex-Muslims, Jews, gays, women, Muslims and others who don’t agree with their values the iERA uses predictable …

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May 21 2014

برنامه امروز نان و گل سرخ در مورد سکولاريسم

برنامه امروز نان و گل سرخ مجله ای سیاسی – اجتماعی در کانال جديد در مورد سکولاريسم را در مى توانيد اينجا ببينيد با فريبرز پويا٬ بهرام سروش و مريم نمازى. مصاحبه با فيلسوف اى سى گريلينگ. کارگردان: رضا مرادى دستيار کارگردان: پونه راوى روز پخش ۲۱ مه ۲۰۱۴

May 21 2014

Free Happy Iranians

.همه کسانی که در نسخه ایرانی موزیک ویدئوی آهنگ خوشحال ساخته فرل ویلیامز در ایران نقش آفرینی کردند، شناسایی و بازداشت شده اند چرا با رقصيدن در خيابانها از آنها حمايت نکنيم؟ برنامه نان و گل سرخ مى تواند ويديوهاى شما در حين رقص را از طريق کانال جديد پخش کند؛ ويديو کليپهاى کوتاه تان …

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May 20 2014

Bread and Roses: Secularism as a basic right

Watch Bread and Roses English programme with Maryam Namazie, Fariborz Pooya and Bahram Soroush being broadcast today via New Channel TV on “Secularism as a basic right”. There’s a great interview with philosopher AC Grayling on the issue. Director: Reza Moradi; Assistant Director: Poone Ravi Enjoy!

May 19 2014

Sudan apostasy case, New Report: Evangelising Hate – Islamic Education and Research Academy (iERA); ex-Muslims internationally

Dear friend I am writing to give you an update of the work of the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain, including a new report on the hate group Islamic Education and Research Academy, and also ask for your help in defending an “apostate” facing death in Sudan. Sudan apostasy case The Council of Ex-Muslims of …

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