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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

Jan 07 2014

Joint statement on legal note to Universities UK against their guidance condoning gender segregation

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Joint statement of Southall Black Sisters, One Law for All, Fitnah – Movement for Women’s Liberation and LSE SU Atheist, Secularist and Humanist Society We are pleased to learn of the legal note submitted to Universities UK (UUK) yesterday in the name of Radha Bhatt, a student of Cambridge University, against their Guidance condoning gender segregation. …

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Dec 31 2013

Fitnah’s Unveiled: Against Gender Apartheid

Unveiled A Publication of Fitnah – Movement for Women’s Liberation January 2014 Volume 2, Issue 1 Editor: Maryam Namazie Design: Kiran Opal Read PDF file here. Against gender apartheid: Mixing is the future of humanity Interview with Marieme Helie Lucas Maryam Namazie: What is the nature of the recent sex segregation scandal at Universities UK …

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Dec 29 2013

Campaign against gender segregation will persist

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Dear friend Thank you so much for all your support during 2013, particularly for our most recent campaign against gender segregation at universities in the UK, which we organised in conjunction with Fitnah – Movement for Women’s Liberation, Southall Black Sisters, Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain and LSE Atheist, Secularist and Humanist Society. Nearly 9,500 …

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Dec 22 2013

Gender apartheid is an Islamist demand

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This is the editorial of the January 2014 issue of Unveiled, Fitnah’s Monthly Publication. By Maryam Namazie Segregation of the sexes is an Islamist demand though it is often couched as a right and demand of ‘Muslims’. When Islamists have state power like in Iran or Saudi Arabia, it’s the law. Transgressing it can mean …

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Dec 22 2013

Against gender apartheid: Mixing is the future of humanity

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The below Interview with Marieme Helie Lucas has been published in the January 2014 issue of Unveiled, Fitnah’s Monthly Publication. Maryam Namazie: What is the nature of the recent sex segregation scandal at Universities UK where the representative body issued guidance saying side by side sex segregation was permissible? Why does it occur and by whom …

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Dec 22 2013

On Worker-communism

Below is a November 2013 WPI Briefing interview with Hamid Taqvaee on the formation of the Worker-communist Party of Iran (WPI) in November 1991. You can read more our differences here. What was the background to the formation of the party? All of the leadership and rank and file of the Worker-communist Party of Iran (WPI), …

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Dec 19 2013

And so it should

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Chris Moos and Abishek Phandis write: We are delighted to learn that LSE has issued an unconditional apology for the appalling actions of its staff, which led to us being intimidated and harassed in a manner that does not behove a university. We welcome the LSE’s admission that its staff gravely misjudged the situation, and …

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Dec 15 2013

Oh the irony!

Here’s a debate I did today on BBC World Service with the Hizb-Ut-Tahrir rep on segregation of the sexes at UK universities. The irony of “debating” with an Islamist group that wants apostates and gays killed and supports stoning but uses rights language and cries of discrimination to impose sex apartheid at UK universities… At …

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Dec 14 2013

In the media

Here is some press coverage on the sex segregation issue and the niqab. The first one is a debate with a member of Hizb-Ut-Tahrir. Ironic how a representative of a misogynist Islamist organisation can speak of women’s rights. And using language Universities UK has used to defend its indefensible position. Whilst UUK has now withdrawn …

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Dec 12 2013

We will continue our fight against gender apartheid at universities

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More than a 100 protesters rallied outside the office of Universities UK to condemn their endorsement of segregation of the sexes and demand gender equality on 10 December 2013, International Human Rights Day. Chris Moos, a co-organiser of the rally and Secretary of the London School of Economics Atheist, Secularist and Humanist Society was master …

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Dec 10 2013

Islamists and Universities UK: You have been warned!

To mark 10 December, International Human Rights Day, and in lieu of our protest rally against Universities UK’s endorsement of sex segregation at British universities, which is being held today from 5-6:30pm in London today, Fitnah – Movement for Women’s Liberation announces the official start of sex apartheid busters. Here’s what you can do: * …

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Dec 10 2013

Sex segregation in UK universities – a step forward for the Muslim religious-right

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Here’s an article by Marieme Helie Lucas in support of the 10 December rally in London against gender apartheid. DATE: Tuesday 10 December 2013. TIME: 5:00-6:30pm. AT: Universities UK, Woburn House, 20 Tavistock Square, London WC1H 9HQ (Closest Underground Stations: Euston or Russell Square) A battle that concerns us all is being waged in the …

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Dec 09 2013

December 10: Protest Universities UK’s endorsement of Gender Apartheid at British Universities

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DATE: Tuesday 10 December 2013 TIME: 5:00-6:30pm AT: Universities UK, Woburn House, 20 Tavistock Square, London WC1H 9HQ (Closest Underground Stations: Euston or Russell Square) Universities UK (UUK) guidance to universities on external speakers endorses gender apartheid by saying that segregation of the sexes at universities is not discriminatory as long as “both men and …

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Dec 03 2013

We should not abandon secularism

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WE SHOULD NOT ABANDON SECULARISM Unveiled: A Publication of Fitnah – Movement for Women’s Liberation December 2013, Volume 1, Issue 3 Editor: Maryam Namazie. Design: Kiran Opal The publication is available here. PDF version available for download. URGENT ACTION: REJECT SEX SEGREGATION IT’S 2013. LET’S NOT TIME TRAVEL Universities UK (UUK) guidance to universities on …

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Nov 27 2013

Britain should ban the niqab

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Here’s me on Channel 4thought.tv on whether Britain should ban the niqab/burqa? Err yes. See it here. By the way, Fitnah’s third issue is almost ready for publication and will focus on secularism. It’s good to remind everyone to look at the November issue of Unveiled which focused on the veil and burqa. I am posting …

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Nov 27 2013

The Ex-Muslims: Leaving the Faith

Finally, a decent programme on ex-Muslims and leaving the faith by Sarfraz Manzoor on BBC Radio 4. You can listen to it here.

Nov 26 2013

CEMB November Update: Apostasy, Sex Segregation and Islamist Double-Speak

Hello APOSTATES IN ISLAM REPORT The Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain (CEMB) and Atheist Alliance International have published a new report on the Political and Legal Status of Apostates in Islam with the support of The Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science UK. The report examines sources for laws that prohibit apostasy from Islam, …

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Nov 26 2013

British Universities shouldn’t condone this kind of gender segregation

British Universities shouldn’t condone this kind of gender segregation, The Guardian, Comment is Free, 26 November 2013 [external link]

Nov 26 2013

New Report: Political and Legal Status of Apostates in Islam

The Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain and Atheist Alliance International have just published a new report on the Political and Legal Status of Apostates in Islam with the support of The Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science UK. The report examines sources for laws that prohibit apostasy from Islam, reviews legislation and government policies …

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Nov 26 2013

Why We Believe in Gods in Urdu

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Andy Thomson, author of the groundbreaking book, Why We Believe in Gods, is making the Urdu translation of the book available free of charge: WhyWeBelieveInGods_Urdu_Translation . Print copies of the book will also be available for purchase via the CEMB with proceeds going to the organisation.

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