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Maryam Namazie

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

Biography

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. I’m at American Atheist Convention — April 17, 2014
  2. Iranian cultural figures and artists outside Iran stand united against the execution of Rayhaneh Jabbari — April 13, 2014
  3. Ghesas and Execution are the same — April 13, 2014
  4. Rayhaneh is to be reportedly executed on Tuesday — April 11, 2014
  5. 28 April 2014 Symbolic Protest, Law Society, London — April 10, 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!? — 134 comments

Author's posts listings

Mar 02 2014

I am left cursing

Here’s a video of a young man being executed in Iran. He wants to say goodbye to his mother who can be heard screaming in the crowd. He struggles with the regime’s executioners, kicks one of them to cheers in the crowd but is then subdued and hung… You can then hear the regime’s mercenaries …

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Feb 28 2014

Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani attempted suicide

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According to Mina Ahadi and the International Committee against Stoning, Iran stoning case Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani attempted suicide in Tabriz prison and was transferred to hospital on 23 February. After several days she was transferred back to the prison’s clinic and remains in terrible physical and psychological state. The Islamic regime of Iran must release …

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Feb 28 2014

David Bleines Tribute

David Bleines died yesterday. Our most sincere condolences to his family and loved ones. David was a fine, kind and brave man. A secularist with a lively mind. He had once been a member of a cult and understood how hard it could be to break away from harmful beliefs and strike out without organisational …

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Feb 24 2014

Survey on Gender Segregation at Universities

Dear friend One Law for All, in conjunction with Southall Black Sisters and Fitnah, is conducting a survey as part of a research project investigating the nature and impact of segregation, specifically gender segregation, at universities in the United Kingdom. If you have experienced gender segregation at a university, please take a few moments to …

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Feb 15 2014

Will you support a free-thinking, taboo-breaking TV magazine?

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I and a group of activists want to start Bread and Roses – a weekly taboo-breaking, freethinking political-social TV magazine in Persian and English broadcast in Iran and the Middle East as well as globally via satellite TV and social media. The programme will address crucial issues such as Sharia courts, sex segregation, Islamism, religion …

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Feb 14 2014

Do something useful on valentine’s day

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Why not do something useful on valentine’s Day (besides eating chocolate) and support political prisoners in Iran. Campaign to Free Political Prisoners in Iran is organising protests today asking us all to remember that lack of medical attention in Iranian prisons has put the lives of hundreds of political prisoners in danger. The Islamic régime …

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Feb 13 2014

It takes courage to go against the grain

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By now you must have heard about the campaign by a 17 year old girl Fahma Mohamed with the Guardian to end FGM. The petition, which has received nearly 200,000 signatures, has succeeded in getting Fahma a meeting with the Education Secretary to raise a very simple yet effective solution to this horrendous problem in …

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Feb 12 2014

The Square makes your heart sing

Unfortunately the magnificent film Al Midan (The Square) on the Egyptian revolution by female director Jehane Noujaim is no longer available on Youtube but the trailer below is enough to make your heart sing. Go and see it when it comes to your city. You must. The revolution is coming back, no matter what… (Via Abbas …

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Feb 12 2014

HOLD THESE DATES: EVENTS NOT TO BE MISSED

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UPCOMING EVENTS HOLD THESE DATES Fundraiser for Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain: Marlene Dietrich – an affectionate tribute Date: Thursday 27 February 2014 Time: 19:30-21:45 Venue: Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL Join Terry Sanderson as he explores the extraordinary life and career of one of the 20th century’s great entertainers. Using …

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Feb 11 2014

Not an Islamic revolution

The Islamic regime of Iran celebrates the “Islamic revolution” today. But Islamism has only brought untold misery and brutality to the people of Iran (and the world). Islamism is not a cause for celebration; it only came to power on the back of a suppressed revolution and the slaughter of a generation. Whilst history is …

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Feb 10 2014

Happy

Young people in Tunisia are posting videos of themselves dancing to Pharrell’s Happy song as a form of defiance. Islamists have said the dancing is just ”debauchery and moral decay” but the videos have received tens of thousands of hits and loads of support. Their coming to power heralds the death of music and dance so …

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Feb 04 2014

Hassan Rouhani’s charm offensive is just plain offensive

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Editorial from latest issue of Fitnah’s Unveiled Rouhani’s “charm offensive” (including the “historic nuclear deal” and the promise of opening Iran up for business) is the other side of the coin of the regime’s intensification of repression. If you smile rather than scowl and utter sweet nothings and empty promises, the global powers that be …

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Feb 04 2014

On World Hijab Day

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World Hijab Day Editorial from latest issue of Fitnah’s Unveiled 1 February is World Hijab Day. What next? Maybe a World Mutilation Day to show support for women and girls who have been mutilated and World Child Marriages Day when we can marry off our under-aged daughters to show support and solidarity with religious and …

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Feb 04 2014

February 2014 Unveiled: anti-immigration confusion, World Hijab Day and on Hassan Rouhani

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Unveiled: A Publication of Fitnah – Movement for Women’s Liberation  February 2014; Volume 2, Issue 2 Editor: Maryam Namazie; Design: Kiran Opal Pdf version of publication available here. In this issue: Interview with Kenan Malik: Secularism, Islamism and the Anti-Immigration Confusion January 2014 Newsflash Campaign: End Ban on Female Fans in Iran; Stadiums for All Editorials: Hassan Rouhani’s charm offensive is just …

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Jan 22 2014

When will LibDems side with us?

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It’s not surprising that the Liberal Democrats have again sided with Islamist values at the expense of Muslims, ex-Muslims and others. Not surprising but frustrating nonetheless. In the latest saga, they have decided to admonish their candidate Maajid Nawaz who has received death threats for merely stating the obvious: he – like many Muslims – …

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Jan 22 2014

Support ex-Muslim atheist Nasir Irshad! He must be granted asylum in the UK

Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain (CEMB) is pleased that an Afghan atheist recently gained asylum and protection in Britain for his atheism. Whilst this is being hailed as the first case of its kind, the CEMB has worked on countless asylum cases over the past several years with a rising number securing asylum based on …

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Jan 16 2014

End Ban on Female Fans in Iran; Stadiums for All

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Today, over 130 distinguished signatories are calling for “Stadiums for All” and an end to the Islamic Republic of Iran’s 34-year ban on female fans in the run-up to the June 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. Signatories to the open letter include Alda Facio, Founder and First Director of the Women’s Caucus for Gender …

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Jan 16 2014

UK’s smacking law like Sharia

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You can smack a child in the UK if it’s for “reasonable chastisement and does not leave a serious mark”. It reminds me of the Sharia law that allows men to beat their disobedient wives as long as they leave no marks (or at least according to the “Islamic feminist” interpretation). The Children’s Commissioner for England, …

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Jan 14 2014

To UN: UK Public institutions continue to fail to uphold an environment free of discrimination

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14 January 2014 Ms. Farida Shaheed Special Rapporteur in the Field of Cultural Rights Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights CH-1211 Geneva 10 Switzerland Dear Ms. Shaheed, We write to draw your attention to the increasing incidence of gender segregation on public university campuses in the United Kingdom, and to seek your intervention …

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Jan 10 2014

In support of professor Grayson and gender equality at York University

York University is standing by its sexist decision to allow a student to be excused from a group project because the presence of women interfered with his “firm religious beliefs” even after his professor refused the request. To defend professor Grayson and gender equality, please sign the petition here. Here’s a letter we have signed in …

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