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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 debates on the religious-Right, its attacks on civil rights and freedoms, and the role of secularism for 21st century humanity. The exciting two-day conference will discuss the Arab Spring, Sharia and religious laws, the limits of religion’s role in society, free expression, honour killings, apostasy and blasphemy laws, faith schools, women’s rights, secular values and much more.

The conference will be held at the Tower Hotel with spectacular views of the River Thames and the Tower of London. On the evening of 11 October, participants will enjoy cocktails followed by a delicious three-course meal and entertainment in the company of our speakers.

Distinguished speakers and acts:

  • AC Grayling is a Philosopher, Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and the Royal Society of Arts, Honorary Associate of the National Secular Society and author and commentator.
  • Amal Farah is Spokesperson for the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain and One Law for All. She is Somali-born and was raised in a conservative and literalist Muslim household.
  • Amel Grami is Professor at the Tunisian University of Manouba; she was on the frontlines of Manouba’s successful struggle to defy a Salafist siege last year and is a leading expert on Religion and Women’s Studies.
  • Amina Sboui is a Tunisian activist threatened and imprisoned after posting topless photos of herself on Facebook carrying the slogan: “My Body is not the Source of Anyone’s Honour”.
  • Bahram Soroush is Public Relations Officer of the Free Them Now! Campaign to Free Jailed Workers in Iran and a co-host of Bread and Roses TV Programme.
  • Ben Baz Aziz is a Presenter at Arab Atheist broadcasting and a blogger focusing on LGBT and atheist rights in the Middle East who was imprisoned in Kuwait for blasphemy.
  • Caroline Fourest is a French writer, editor of the magazine ProChoix, and author of Frère Tariq, a critical look at the works of Tariq Ramadan and books on topics such as the conservative right, the pro-life movement and the fundamentalist trends in the Abrahamic religions.
  • Chetan Bhatt is the director of the Centre for the Study of Human rights at LSE. His current projects include work on the emergence of virtue in modern political ideologies, new forms of the regional state in South Asia and the sociology of religious paramilitia groups.
  • Chris Moos is a secular student activist who has led a successful campaign for the right to wear ‘Jesus and Mo’ t-shirts after being harassed and threatened with removal at his university. He was a nominee for the NSS’ Secularist of the Year 2014 award.
  • Elham Manea is a Yemeni associate professor specialized in the Middle East, a writer, and a human rights activist. Her concept of humanistic Islam was first published in a series of articles in Arabic.
  • Faisal Saeed Al-Mutar is an Iraqi born writer and a social activist living in the United States. He is the founder of the Global Secular Humanist Movement and Secular Post.
  • Fariborz Pooya is the founder of the Iranian Secular Society, was one of the founding members of the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain and is a co-host of Bread and Roses TV.
  • Fatou Sow is a Senegalese Sociologist, and a member of a number of African and international associations as well as the International Director of Women Living Under Muslim Laws.
  • Gita Sahgal is an Indian-born writer, journalist, film-maker and rights activist, Director of Centre for Secular Space who was suspended by Amnesty International as head of its Gender Unit in 2010 for criticising the organisation’s relations with an Islamist group.
  • Hamid Taqvaee is the Secretary of the Worker-Communist Party of Iran’s Central Committee and a leading Marxist opposition figure to the Islamic regime of Iran.
  • Houzan Mahmoud is a Kurdish women’s rights campaigner and the Spokesperson of the Organisations of Women’s Freedom in Iraq. She has written and campaigned extensively on women’s rights issues.
  • Horia Mosadiq has been Director of the Afghanistan Human Rights Research and Advocacy Consortium and an advisor to the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission, as well as a journalist in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
  • Imad Iddine Habib is a Moroccan atheist threatened for his atheism, founder of the Council of Ex-Muslims of Morocco, the first public atheist organisation in a country with Islam as the state religion.
  • Inna Shevchenko is leader of FEMEN topless activists who was kidnapped and threatened by the Belarus KGB in 2011 for her activism. She was granted political asylum in France.
  • Julie Bindel is an English writer, feminist and co-founder of the group Justice for Women. She was listed in the Independent’s “Pink List” as one of the top 101 most influential gay and lesbian people in the UK.
  • Kacem El Ghazzali is a Moroccan secularist writer, blogger, activist and atheist. He was the head of the Moroccan Center for Human Rights’ Youth Chapter and is a member of the Executive Board of the Moroccan Bloggers Association.
  • Karima Bennoune is a law professor at the University of California Davis School of Law, and author of “Your Fatwa Does Not Apply Here: Untold Stories from the Fight Against Muslim Fundamentalism”.
  • Kate Smurthwaite is a stand-up comedian and political activist. She has appeared on more than 500 TV and radio shows including This Morning, The Big Questions, Woman’s Hour and The Moral Maze.
  • Kenan Malik is a writer, lecturer and broadcaster, a presenter of BBC Radio 4′s Analysis and a panellist on The Moral Maze. His book From Fatwa to Jihad was shortlisted for the Orwell Prize.
  • Kiran Opal is a Pakistani-born human rights activist, writer, and editor living in Canada. She is co-founder of Ex-Muslims of North America and Editor of ExMuslimBlogs.
  • LCP is a multimedia and multiethnic dance company which emphasises human rights issues mainly human trafficking.
  • Lila Ghobady is an Iranian writer-journalist and documentary filmmaker. Her first independent release, Forbidden Sun Dance, was banned by the Islamic Republic of Iran.
  • Lino Veljak is professor of philosophy at the University of Zagreb and Co-founder of the movement Protagora (protecting the values of secularism and human rights of non-religious persons).
  • Maha Kamal is an ex-Muslim who was disowned by her parents for leaving Islam, President of the Colorado Prison Law Project, and Commissioner at the Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justice’s Commission on Inclusiveness.
  • Magdulien Abaida is a Libyan Activist and president of Hakki (My Right) Organization for Women Rights. She was kidnapped by Islamists in Benghazi in August 2012 and fled after her release three days later.
  • Marieme Helie Lucas is an Algerian sociologist, founder and former International Coordinator of the Women Living Under Muslim Laws. She is also the founder of Secularism Is A Women’s Issue.
  • Maryam Namazie is Spokesperson for Fitnah, One Law for All and Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain; editor of Fitnah’s Unveiled; and producer and co-host of Bread and Roses.
  • Nadia El Fani is a Tunisian filmmaker who risks arrest and up to five years in prison if she returns to Tunisia after Islamists filed a complaint against her film “Neither Allah nor Master”.
  • Nahla Mahmoud is an environmentalist and human right activist originally from Sudan. She leads the Sudanese Humanists Group and is Spokesperson for the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain.
  • Nina Sankari is President of the European Feminist Initiative in Poland, and Vice-President of the Polish Rationalist Association.
  • Pervez Hoodbhoy is a Pakistani nuclear physicist and recipient of a number of awards. He is also a prominent environmentalist and social activist.
  • Peter Tatchell has been campaigning for rights and global justice since 1967. New Statesman readers voted him sixth on their list of “Heroes of our time”. He was Campaigner of the Year in The Observer Ethical Awards.
  • Pragna Patel is a founding member of the Southall Black Sisters and Women Against Fundamentalism. She was listed in The Guardian’s Top 100 women: activists and campaigners.
  • Randa Kassis is President and founder of the Movement for a Pluralistic Society. She was a member of the Syrian National Council until she was excluded for her warnings against Muslim fundamentalists in 2012.
  • Rumy Hassan is Senior Lecturer at University of Sussex and author of “Dangerous Liaisons: The Clash between Islamism and Zionism” and “Multiculturalism: Some Inconvenient Truths”.
  • Sanal Edamaruku is an author and founder-president of Rationalist International and the Indian Rationalist Association. In 2012, he was charged with hurting religious sentiments for his role in examining a claimed miracle at a local Catholic Church.
  • Shelley Segal is a Melbourne based singer-songwriter involved in secular activism. ‘An Atheist Album’ is a passionate response to dogmatic belief, inequality, religious oppression and the idea that only the devout can be grateful and good.
  • Siba Shakib is an Iranian/German film-maker, writer and political activist. She was born and raised in Tehran, Iran. Her international best-seller Afghanistan, Where God Only Comes to Weep has been translated into 27 languages and won a P.E.N. prize.
  • Stasa Zajovic is co-founder and coordinator of Women in Black, Belgrade and initiated several networks like Women’s Peace Network, Network of Conscientious Objectors and Anti militarism in Serbia, and The Coalition for a Secular State.
  • Sue Cox is the co-founder of Survivors Voice Europe, an international organisation that has at its heart the support and empowerment of catholic clergy abuse survivors of which she is one.
  • Taj Hargey is South African Muslim scholar. He was an anti-apartheid activist in South Africa and founder of the Muslim Education Centre of Oxford and the Imam of the Summertown Islamic congregation.
  • Tarek Fatah is a Pakistani born Canadian writer, broadcaster and a secular activist. He is the author of “Chasing a Mirage: The Tragic Illusion of an Islamic State” and founder of the Muslim Canadian Congress.
  • Taslima Nasrin is a Bangladeshi-born award-winning writer, physician, and activist, known for her powerful writings on women oppression and unflinching criticism of religion, despite forced exile and multiple fatwas calling for her death.
  • Terry Sanderson is a writer and journalist and current President of the National Secular Society, which campaigns for the separation of church and state.
  • Waleed Husseini is a Palestinian blogger arrested in 2010 by the Palestinian Authority for blaspheming against Islam on Facebook and in his blog. He founded the Council of Ex-Muslims of France in 2013.

An International Secular Manifesto and the establishment of a united front of secularists to meet future challenges will be the final outcome of the Conference. Conference contributions will also be published in a book.

For full details of the conference, including on registration and obtaining tickets, visit the event’s dedicated website or email [email protected].

Please also join the event’s Facebook page and follow the conference on Twitter or Tweet #SecularConf.

The conference is endorsed by Atheist Alliance International; Children First Now; Center for Inquiry; Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain; Equal Rights Now – Organisation against Women’s Discrimination in Iran; Fitnah – Movement for Women’s Liberation; International Committee against Stoning; International Committee against Execution; International Federation of Iranian Refugees; Iran Solidarity; One Law for All; Secularism is a Women’s Issue; The Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science UK; and Women Living Under Muslim Laws amongst others.

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

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کمتر از صد روز براى ثبت نام در کنفرانس تاريخى باقی است

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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 آن به حقوق و آزادی‌های مدنی، و نقش سکولاریسم در سرنوشت بشریت قرن حاضر به بحث و جدل بپردازند.

تمهاى مورد بحث انقلابات منطقه، شریعه و قوانین مذهب، آزادی بیان و ارتداد، قتلهاى ناموسی و ارزش‌های سکولار و ديگر مسائل خواهد بود.

کنفرانس در تاور هتل با منظره تماشائی رود تیمز و برج لندن برگذار خواهد شد. در شب ۱۱ اکتبر ۲۰۱۴ از شرکت کنندگان در کنفرانس با مجموعه‌ای از برنامه‌های متنوع سرگرم کننده و با شام مفصلی در مصاحبت با سخنرانان سرشناس ما پذیرائی خواهد شد.

اسامی سخنرانان به این شرح است (به ترتیب الفباى انگليسى):

اى سى گريلينگ، فیلسوف، استاد فلسفه و نويسنده

آمل فرح، سخنگوى سازمان قانون برابر براى همه و اکس مسلم بريتانيا و متولد سومالي

آمل گرامی، استاد دانشکده مانو در تونس. درسال گذشته او در صف مقدم مبارزه ای موفق درجهت عقب راندن محاصره اسلامى ها در دانشگاه بوده

آمينه السبوعى، فعال اعتراض برهنگى تونسى که بخاطر فعاليتهايش زندانى شد

بهرام سروش، فعال سیاسی، مفسر و تحلیل گر و مسئول روابط عمومى كمپين براي آزادي كارگران زنداني در ایران

بن باز عزيز، بلاگر مصرى که بخاطر بى خدايى در کويت زندانى شد

کارولاین فورت، نویسندۀ فرانسوی و سردبیر مجلۀ چپ

چيتان باط، مدیر مرکز مطالعات حقوق بشر در دانشکدۀ علوم سیاسی و اقتصادیِ  اِل اس ای در لندن

کریس موس، فعال دانشجویی سکولار

الهام مانيا، نویسنده و فعال حقوق بشر يمنى

فريبرز پويا، بنيانگذار جامعه سکولار ايران و يکى از مجريان برنامه نان و گل سرخ

فاىسل سعيد المطعار، بنيان کذار عراقى جنبش بين المللى سکولار اومانيست

فاتو سو، جامعه شناس اهل سنگال و هماهنگ کنندۀ شبکۀ همبستگی بنام زندگی زنان تحتِ قوانین مسلمانان

گیتا ساهگل، نویسنده، روزنامه نگار، فیلم ساز، مدیر مرکز سکولار. او در فوریۀ سال ۲۰۱۲ از سازمان عفو بین المللی به خاطر انتقادش به آن سازمان براى رابطه اش با اسلامىيون اخراج شد.

حميد تقوائى، لیدر حزب کمونيست کارگرى ايران

هوزان محمود، فعال حقوق زن و سخنگوی سازمان آزادی زن در عراق

حوريه مصدق، مشاور کمیسیون مستقل حقوق بشر در افغانستان و روزنامه نگار در افغانستان و پاکستان

عماد هبيب ادين، بنیانگذار شورای اکس مسلم مراکش – اولین سازمان علنی خداناباوران در کشورى که اسلام دین رسمی آن کشور است.

اینا شوچنکو، رئيس سازمان فمن که درسال ۲۰۱۱ توسط ” کا گ ب” سازمان اطلاعات بلاروس، تهدید و ربوده شد و سپس در فرانسه به عنوان پناهندۀ سیاسی پذیرفته شد.

جولی بيندل، نویسندۀ انگلیسی و از بنیانگذاران گروه عدالت برای زنان

کاظم الغزالی، مدیر بخش جوانان مرکزحقوق بشر مراکش و عضو هئیت اجرایی انجمن وبلاگ نویسان مراکش بود.

کریمه بنون، استاد حقوق بین الملل ازدانشکدۀ قانون دِی ویس کالیفرنیا و نویسندۀ الجزايرى کتاب “فتوای شما اینجا جایز نیست “

کيت سمورتويت، کمدین و فعال سیاسی

کينان مالک، نویسنده

کیران اپال، فعال پاکستانی حقوق بشر، نویسنده و از بنیانگذاران اکس مسلم شمال آمریکا

ال سی پی، گروه رقص که به مسائل مربوط به حقوق بشر و عمدتا مساله قاچاق انسان تاکید دارد.

ليلا قبادى، فیلمساز، نویسنده و روزنامه نگار ایرانی

لينو ولجک، استاد فلسفه در دانشگاه مغرب

مگدامين آبيدا، فعال حقوق زن که توسط اسلاميون در بنغازی ليبى ربوده شد و بعد از آزادی مجبور به فرار از این کشور گردید

مريم هلى لوکاس، جامعه شناس الجزایری، بنیانگذار سکولاریسم مسئله زنان است

مریم نمازی، سخنگوی فتنه، قانون برابر برای همه و تولید کننده برنامه نان و گل سرخ

نادیا ال فانی، فیلمساز تونسی که بعد از شکايت اسلامى ها در مورد فيلمش به اسم “نه خدا و نه ارباب” مجبور به فرار شد.

نهلا محمود، فعال حقوق محیط زیست و انسانى سودانى

نينا سنکارى، رئیس انجمن آزادانديشان لهستان

پرويز حودبى، فیزیکدان هسته ای پاکستانى و فعال محیط زیست و اجتماع

پیتر تاچل، خوانندگان يک روزنامه انگليسى او را يکى از “قهرمانان زمان ما” شناختند. او مدافع حقوق انسان و همجنسگرايان است

پراگنا پاتل، رئيسسازمان حقوق زنان. روزنامه گاردين او را به عنوان۱۰۰ زن اول فعال شناخت

رندا کاسيس، عضو شورای ملی سوریه بود تا زمانی که بخاطر هشدار به اسلاميون در سال ۲۰۱۲ از این شورا کنار گذاشته شد

رومى حسن، نویسنده

سانال اداماروکو، نویسنده و بنیانگذار بین المللی خردگرا و انجمن خردگرا در هند

شلی سگال، خواننده و فعال سکولار

سیبا شکیب، فیلمساز ایرانی / آلمانی، کتابش در مورد افغانستان “جایی که فقط خدا می آید گریه کند” جايزه برده و به ۲۷ زبان ترجمه شده

ستاسا زجويچ، از بنیانگذاران و هماهنگ کننده زنان ضد جنگ بلگراد

سو کاکس، از بنیانگذاران بازماندگان صدای تجاوز جنسى کودکان از سوى کليسا

تاج هرجى، فعال ضد آپارتاید آفریقای جنوبی و بنیانگذار مرکز آموزش و پرورش مسلمانان

طارق فتح، نویسنده پاکستانى، بنیانگذار کنگره مسلمانان کانادا

تسليمه نسرين، نویسنده بنگلادشی، پزشک و فعال حقوق زنان

تری ساندرسون، رئیس انجمن سراسرى سکولار بريتانيا

ولید حسینی، وبلاگ نویس فلسطینیکه در سال ۲۰۱۰ در فلسطین به اتهام “کفر” زندانى شد. او شورای اکس مسلم فرانسه را تاسیس کرد.

بيوگرافى کاملتر سخنرانان را مى توانيد در ساىت کنفرانس مشاهده کنيد.

حاصل نهائی کار کنفرانس تدوین یک مانیفست سکولاریستی جهانی و تشکیل یک جبهۀ متحد سکولاریستی بمنظور پاسخگويى به چالش‌های آینده خواهد بود. تمامی درافزوده‌هاى کنفرانس در قالب يک کتاب منتشر خواهد شد.

سازمان‌های زیر از جمله اسپانسرهاى برگزاری کنفرانس هستند:

کودکان مقدمند؛ مرکز تحقيقات، شوراى اکس مسلم بريتانيا، فتنه، علیه تبعیض – سازمان دفاع از حقوق زن، کمیته بین المللی علیه سنگسار و اعدام، فدراسیون سراسرى پناهندگان ایرانى، همبستگى با مردم ايران، قانون برابر براى همه، سکولاريسم مسئله زن است، بنياد ريچارد داوکينز و زنان تحت قوانين مسلمانان.

 

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HOLD THESE DATES

JOIN PROTEST AGAINST LAW SOCIETY

DATE: Monday 28 April 2014

TIME: 17:00-18:00 hours

PLACE: The Law Society, 113 Chancery Lane, London WC2A 1PL

Just show up. Also join the Facebook Page.

Speakers include:   Maryam Namazie, Spokesperson, One Law For All; Pragna Patel, Founder, Southall Black Sisters; Peter Tatchell, Founder, Peter Tatchell Foundation; Yasmin Rehman, Fellow of Muslim Institute and Centre for Secular Space; Kate Smurthwaite, Comedian and activist; James Bloodworth, Editor, Left Foot Forward; Abhishek Phadnis, President, LSESU Atheist, Secularist and Humanist Society and Diana Nammi, Executive Director, Iranian Kurdish Women’s Refugee Organisation amongst others.

Here’s an open letter signed by a number of well known personalities explaining why the guidance is discriminatory and must be withdrawn.

The protest is organised by One Law for All, Southall Black Sisters, Centre for Secular Space and LSE SUASH.

EVENING DRINKS WITH LAWYER ON APOSTASY AND ASYLUM

DATE: Monday 28 April 2014

TIME: 18:30-20:00

PLACE: The George, 213 Strand, London (nearest Tube: Temple)

Please feel free to join a Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain event after the Law Society protest.

Ana Gonzalez, a lawyer of a well-respected law firm which has represented a number of apostasy asylum claimants and CEMB members will speak about the right to asylum and apostasy. There will be plenty of time to mingle and socialise during the event. Entry: £3; £1 unwaged.

2014 HISTORIC CONFERENCE ON RELIGIOUS-RIGHT, SECULARISM AND CIVIL RIGHTS

DATE: 11-12 October 2014

TIME: All-day for two days

PLACE: The Tower Hotel, London, UK

Notable speakers from around the world will be joining us for a weekend of discussions and debates on the Religious Right, its attacks on civil rights and freedoms, and the role of secularism for 21st century humanity during 11-12 October 2014 at the Tower Hotel in London.

The Arab uprisings; Sharia and religious laws; the burqa and conspicuous religious symbols; freedom of expression and its limits; apostasy, blasphemy and free thought; “Islamophobia” and racism; honour crimes; faith schools and religious education; reproductive rights and secular values will be amongst the topics discussed.

Speakers/Acts include British Philosopher A C Grayling; Tunisian Academic Amel Grami; Activist Amina Sboui; Activist Bahram Soroush; Egyptian writer Ben Baz Aziz; Writer and Journalist Caroline Fourest; LSE Director of the Centre for the Study of Human Rights Chetan Bhatt; Student Activist Chris Moos; Yemeni Activist and Academic Elham Manea; Social Activist and Writer Faisal Saeed Al-Mutar; Secularist Fariborz Pooya; Women Living Under Muslim Laws International Director Fatou Sow; Centre for Secular Space Director Gita Sahgal; Organisation of Women’s Freedom in Iraq Spokesperson Houzan Mahmoud; Afghan Rights Activist Horia Mosadiq; Imad Habib Iddine, Founder of Council of Ex-Muslims of Morocco; FEMEN spokesperson Inna Schevchenko; Writer Julie Bindel; Blogger Kacem El Ghazzali; Writer Karima Bennoune; Comedian Kate Smurthwaite; Writer Kenan Malik; Co-Founder of Ex-Muslims of North America Kiran Opal; LCP Dance Theatre; Filmmaker Lila Ghobady; Academic Activist Lino Veljak; Lawyer Maha Kamal; Secularism is a Woman’s Issue Founder Marieme Helie Lucas; Campaigner Maryam Namazie; head of International Committee against Execution and Stoning Mina Ahadi; Filmmaker Nadia El Fani; Spokesperson for Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain Nahla Mahmoud; Secularist Nina Sankari; Campaigner Peter Tatchell; Pragna Patel, Director of Southall Black Sisters; Franco-Syrian Politician Randa Kassis; Academic Rumy Hassan; Rationalist Sanal Edamaruku; Singer/Songwriter Shelley Segal; Author Siba Shakib; Peace Campaigner Stasa Zajovic; Sue Cox, Survivors Voice Europe; Taj Hargey, chair of Muslim Educational Centre of Oxford; Founder of Muslim Canadian Congress Tarek Fatah; Bangladeshi Writer Taslima Nasrin; Terry Sanderson, President of the National Secular Society; and Palestinian blogger and Council of ex-Muslims of France founder Waleed Al Husseini.

For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit here.

The conference is endorsed by Atheist Alliance International; Children First Now; Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain; Equal Rights Now; Fitnah; International Committee against Stoning; International Committee against Execution; International Federation of Iranian Refugees; Iran Solidarity; One Law for All; Secularism is a Women’s Issue; The Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science UK; and Women Living Under Muslim Laws amongst others.

For organisations or vendors wishing to books stalls, for more information or to purchase tickets, please contact:

Maryam Namazie

BM Box 2387, London WC1N 3XX, UK

Tel: +44 (0) 7719166731

E-mail: [email protected]

 

I’ll be in Poland at Atheist Congress this weekend

I will be speaking at the first Atheist Days in Warsaw, Poland on 28-29 March. The event starts on Friday (28.03) with an evening of atheist movies. On 29.03, there will be a march of atheists followed by the historical reconstruction of the execution of the nobleman Lyszczynski, the author of the treaty “On non existentia dei” accused of atheism 325 years ago. This will be followed by the Atheist Congress and Dinner. I will be speaking on a panel on religion and women’s discrimination at the congress. My talk will be on the importance of nude protest in the fight against Islamism.You can see the programme in Polish here.

I’ll be in Missouri, Warsaw and Utah in the next few weeks

15-16 March 2014
Columbia, Missouri
Maryam Namazie will be speaking at the Missouri University SASHA (Skeptics, Atheists, Secular Humanists and Agnostics) conference in Columbia, Missouri. More information here.

28-30 March 2014
Warsaw, Poland
Maryam Namazie will be speaking at the first Atheist Days in Poland on 28-30 March. The event starts on Friday (28.03) with an evening of atheist movies. On 29.03, there will be a March of atheists followed by the historical reconstruction of the execution of the nobleman Lyszczynski , the author of the treaty “On non existentia dei” accused of atheism 325 years ago. This will be followed by the Atheist Congress and Dinner. Maryam will be speaking on a panel on religion and women’s discrimination at the congress. You can see the programme in Polish here.

17-20 April 2014
Salt Lake City, Utah
Maryam Namazie will be speaking at 2014 American Atheists National Convention. More details here.

By the way, don’t forget to join me at the 11-12 October 2014 international conference on the Religious-Right, Secularism and Civil Rights at Tower Hotel, London. More information can be found here. Buy your tickets now. It will be a historical event!

Niqab and Women’s Movements

I’ll be doing an interview this morning on the niqab debate for 4thought.tv.

In the evening I’ll be speaking on a panel entitled ‘Women’s Movements Changing Women Changing the World’ at a House of Lord Seminar organised by Women Worldwide Advancing Freedom & Equality (WWAFE). Place: Committee Room 1, 6.00pm to 8.00pm House of Lords. [We will begin promptly, so arrival at 5.30pm will ensure you gain a seat.] Hope to see some of you there.

By the way, Karima Bennoune’s talk was brilliant last night; it was informative, moving and absolutely inspiring. Her work will be hugely important for our fight for equality and secularism. Do get a copy of her book: “Your Fatwa does not apply here” if you haven’t already. I got my signed copy last night.

A few of us went out to dinner after her talk, which was fantastic because I got to meet up with her for the very first time though we have emailed before.

In first photo, it’s Karima Bennoune (second from left), Chetan Bhatt, Gita Sahgal, Pragna Patel, Marieme Helie Lucas, myself and Salil Tripathi.

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Upcoming Speaking Engagements

I will be speaking at the following places over the next few weeks in case you can make any of them:

24 October 2013
London, UK
Maryam Namazie will speak on a panel entitled ‘Women’s Movements Changing Women Changing the World’ at a House of Lord Seminar organised by Women Worldwide Advancing Freedom & Equality (WWAFE). Place: Committee Room 1, 6.00pm to 8.00pm House of Lords. [We will begin promptly, so arrival at 5.30pm will ensure you gain a seat.]

2 November 2013
London, UK, 6-9pm
Maryam Namazie will be speaking at Passion for Freedom’s 5th art festival private viewing at Unit24. To RSVP email [email protected] More More information can be found here.

6 November 2013
Brighton, UK
Maryam Namazie will be speaking at a meeting organised by the Brighton Secular Humanists at 730pm at Sallis Benney Theatre, Brighton University, Grand Parade, Brighton, East Sussex, BN2 0JY. More information available here.

15-16 November 2013
New York, USA
Maryam Namazie will be speaking at the Global Secularisms Conference at New York University. For more details, visit here.

5 December 2013
Salisbury, UK
Maryam Namazie will introduce the film Wajda at the Salisbury Art Centre organised by Amnesty International Salisbury.

My schedule for August

I will be in Edinburgh, Marseilles and Boston in August in case any of you can make the below. Here are more details:

11 August 2013
Edinburgh, Scotland
3:30 pm – 4:30 pm at: The Jam House, 5 Queen Street, EH2 1JE
Maryam will be speaking at Skeptics on the Fringe Festival on “Secularism is my right; freedom my culture”. More details here.

22-24 August 2013
Marseilles, France
Maryam Namazie will be speaking on Arab revolutions and Feminism panel organised by the Green Party’s Feminism Group. More information can be found here.

30 August – 2 September 2013
Boston, USA
Maryam Namazie will be speaking at Atheist Alliance of America Conference. For more information, click here.

Breaking the Taboo of Atheism in Black Communities

120607-leo-igweLeo Igwe, Nigeria’s most prominent human rights activist particularly well known for his work against superstition and witchcraft will be giving a ground-breaking talk on ‘Breaking the Taboo of Atheism in Black Communities’ at a talk organised by London Black Atheists. Here are details if you can make it:

Date: Monday 25th March
Time: 6.30pm
Cost £5 / £3 unwaged/students
Venue: The Attic, Hackney Picture House
270 Mare Street
London
E8 1HE

Where I’ll be in the next few weeks

I’ll be at the below events over the next few weeks:

28 January 2013
London, UK
There will be an ex-Muslim women’s coffee morning in January from 11:30-1:00pm and an apostate asylum seekers meet-up from 1:30-3:00pm. To RSVP, email [email protected]

31 January 2013
Leeds, UK
Maryam Namazie will be speaking at ‘Engage: Leeds Speakers Forum’ on 31 January 2013 at 17.15 at the University of Leeds in the Maurice Keyworth building G.31. Her talk will be: Islam in Public Policy: A look at Sharia courts in Britain, multiculturalism and gender inequality. For more information, email [email protected] There is no need to register for the event.

11 February 2013
London, UK
On February 11th, at 7pm at Toynbee Hall in East London, the Centre for Secular Space launches its first publication, Double Bind: the Muslim Right, the Anglo-American Left, and Universal Human Rights by Meredith Tax. Speakers at the event include Meredith Tax, Gita Sahgal, Maryam Namazie and Ansar Ahmed Ullah. For more information, contact: [email protected]

26 February 2013
Birmingham, UK
Maryam Namazie will be speaking at Birmingham University Reason Week on 26 February hosted by the Atheist, Secular and Humanist Society on Apostasy and Freedom of Conscience from 1900-2030 hours. Room details to follow.

Free Expression Day

UPDATE: Anne Marie is going in my place tonight. It should be an excellent meeting so stop by if you can.

I’ll be in Reading tonight with Peter Tatchell – LGBT, human rights, democracy, and global justice activist, Robert Sharp – English PEN and Andrew Copson – British Humanist Association for Free Expression Day.

It’s in support of free expression and the Reading University Atheist, Humanist, and Secularist Society (RAHS) which was expelled from its student’s union Freshers’ Fayre on the grounds of causing offence – all because they put a label on a pineapple that read “Mohammed”. They are now facing disciplinary charges over the incident. Their statements on this can be found here. [Read more...]

Bangladesh Genocide: What Human Rights, Anti-racist and Peace Organisations won’t tell you

Tonight, the Centre for Secular Space is hosting a conversation on the Bangladesh Genocide: What Human Rights, Anti-racist and Peace Organisations won’t tell you.

Gita Sahgal, co-founder of the Centre for Secular Space talks to Dr Ghayasuddin Siddiqui (former Islamist, now Muslim reformer) and Asif Munier (pro-Jonmo 71, children of the Martyrs of the Liberation War) about the survivors’ campaign for justice, genocide denial and the promotion of the Jamaat-e -Islami in Britain to the detriment of secular Muslims and ex-Muslims.

Here is more information on the event:

Date: 27 November 2012
Time: 7:00 PM- 9:00pm
Venue: SOAS, Russell Square College Buildings
Room: Khalili Lecture Theatre

To register please email [email protected]

I’ll be in Texas this weekend

I will be in Houston, Texas during 30 November – 2 December 2012 for a two-day symposium organised by the Institute of Humanist Studies entitled ‘Does theism have an impact on public policy and, if it does, what is it and how should humanists respond to this situation?’ held on the Rice University campus.

My talk will be “Rethinking Islam in Public Policy: A Secular Response”.

End-Year Drinks with the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain

Members and supporters are invited to join the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain for end-year drinks.

Date: Tuesday 11 December 2012
Time: 18:30-20:00 Hours
Location: Central London

Entry: £10 per person; £7 for unwaged (including one drink and canapés).

Special Guest Speaker: Philosopher A C Grayling on ‘Secularism as a Human Right’. [Read more...]

NSS London Conference on Secularism

On Saturday 22 September 2012, I will be speaking at the sold-out National Secular Society One Day Conference on Secularism in London along with other speakers, including the fantastic Richard Dawkins and Peter Tatchell. For more information on the conference, click here.

Here are two articles on it:

London: Challenging religious privilege, Examiner, 16 August 2012 [external link]

Dawkins to speak at conference on Secularism, NSS Newsline, 14 August 2012 [external link]

I’m back blogging

I’ve been meaning to start blogging regularly again. But it does become difficult to get back into the groove of it all once you’ve been away for a while.

I hope everyone had a good summer. I eventually did – after my personal crisis was sorted out.

Anyway it’s good to be back blogging again.

By the way, this month I have the below speaking engagements if you’re in London or Coventry:

19 September 2012, 7.30pm
Coventry, UK
Maryam Namazie will be speaking to a meeting organised by Coventry Skeptics in the Pub on Sharia law at The Albany, 24 Albany Road, Coventry, CV5 6JU. More information here.

22 September 2012, 9am-5pm
National Secular Society One Day Conference on Secularism
Maryam Namazie will be speaking at the conference along with other speakers including Richard Dawkins and Peter Tatchell. For more information, click here.