10314005_10156577164210481_4955545869477244152_nThe Hindu-Right government of India identifies the nation with its Hindu majority and imposes the domination of Hinduism over all citizens of other denominations and “lower” castes.

Over the past few years, the Hindu-Right has curtailed free speech at universities, banned books, and falsified history.

Students protesting against the oppression of non-Hindu citizens and “lower” castes have been fiercely repressed and police has been called within the premises of the university in Delhi.

In protest, university teachers now organize lectures in the open to freely discuss nation, nationalism, and the politics of the Hindu-Right.

A protest march to the Parliament in New Delhi is being organized on March 2, and on this occasion Delhi students call for international solidarity.

We the undersigned, fully aware of the dangers of all fundamentalist extreme-Rights, wholeheartedly support the protest movement of students and teachers at Delhi University and protestors against the Hindu-Right government in India.


Alice Cherki, psychiatre, psychanalyste, auteur
Amel Grami, professor at the University of Manouba, Tunisia
Anne Saada, Historienne CNRS, Paris
Ariane Brunet, Centre for Secular Space
Barry Finger, New Politics editorial board member
Catherine Deudon, photographe, Paris
Christine Jedwab, psychologue retraitée, Marseille
Chulani Kodikara, Research Associate at the International Center for Ethnic Studies, Colombo, Sri Lanka
Elizabeth Cox, independent feminist activist and former UN Women regional director
Faizun Zackariya, Citizens’ Voice for Justice and Peace, Sri Lanka
Fariborz Pooya, Host of Bread and Roses TV
Fatiha Boudjahlat, enseignante, Toulouse
Gita Sahgal, Director, Centre for Secular Space
Homa Arjomand, Coordinator of the International Campaign against Sharia Court in Canada and One Secular School System for All
Imad Iddine Habib, Council of Ex-Muslims of Morocco/Britain
Inna Schevchenko, FEMEN Leader
Jeanne Favret Saada, Directeur de recherche CNRS
Jérôme Maucourant, Professeur d’économie politique, Université de Lyon
Kate Smurthwaite, Comedian and Activist
Lalia, Ducos, WICUR Women’s Initiative for Citizenship and Universal Rights
Laurent Loty, chercheur CNRS, Paris
Lila Ghobady, Writer & Documentarymaker
Marieme Helie Lucas, Algerian Sociologist and Founder of Secularism is a Woman’s Issue
Maryam Namazie, Spokesperson of One Law for All and Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain and Producer of Bread and Roses TV
Meredith Tax, Chair, Centre for Secular Space
Mikael Böök, Blogger
Nadia El Fani, Tunisian Filmmaker
Nahla Mahmoud, Spokesperson of Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain
Nina Sankari, Polish Feminist and Secularist
Nira Yuval-Davis, Director of the Research Centre on Migration, Refugees and Belonging (CMRB) at the University of East London
Pervez Hoodbhoy, Pakistani nuclear physicist, mathematician and academic
Peter Tatchell, Human Rights Campaigner
Pragna Patel, Director of Southall Black Sisters
Rayhana Sultan, Spokesperson of Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain
Rina Nissim, Espace Femmes International
Rumy Hasan, Academic
Sabine Prokhoris, psychanalyste, écrivain, Paris
Siba Shakib, Writer
Simon Hecquet, danseur, écrivain, Paris
Sophie Bessis, historienne, Paris
Sultana Kamal, Bangladeshi Lawyer and Human Rights Activist
Terry Sanderson, President of the National Secular Society
Yasmin Rehman, Women’s Rights Campaigner
Zazi Sadou, Porte-parole du rassemblement Algérien des Femmes Démocrates

No honour in killing

Here is this week’s Bread and Roses TV deemed “immoral” and “corrupt” by Iranian regime. Hope you like it.

No honour in killing, Bread and Roses TV with Maryam Namazie and Fariborz Pooya
8 September 2015
Interview with Deeyah Khan, Filmmaker, on honour killings
Also the drowning of Aylan, the migrant crisis, revenge rape in India, refugee welcome committees, and a fatwa against roller skating in Mecca.
Director: Reza Moradi
Translation: Mohammad B
Background: The UN conservatively estimates that 5,000 women and girls are killed each year by members of their own family, often fathers, brothers, uncles and cousins – and sometimes mothers and other female relatives. ‘Honour killings’ are usually premeditated and intended to restore a family’s ‘honour’ by ‘cleansing the shame’ which a woman or girl is said to have brought. Clearly, there is no honour in killing.

هیچ افتخارى در قتل ناموسى وجود ندارد، برنامه نان و گل سرخ با مریم نمازی و فریبرز پویا
۹ سپتامبر
مصاحبه با ديا خان، فیلمساز، در مورد قتل ناموسی
همچنین در مورد غرق شدن آيلان، بحران مهاجرتى، تجاوز و انتقام در هند، کمیته خوش آمدگويى پناهندگان و فتوایی علیه رولر اسکیت در مکه.
کارگردان: رضا مرادی
ترجمه : محمد ب
بر مبناي تخمين هاي محافظه كارانه سازمان ملل هر ساله ٥٠٠٠ زن و دختر توسط اعضاي خانواده خود كه اغلب پدر، برادر، عموها و گاها مادران انها هستند كشته ميشوند. قتل ناموسی معمولا با طرح و برنامه ریزی از پيش تعيين شده با هدف بازپس گيري ناموس یک خانواده اجرا ميشود. پاکسازی شرم که ظاهرا یک زن یا دختر براي خانواده به ارمغان آورده است، با از بين بردن وجود او بدست ميايد. واضح است که هیچ افتخاري در قتل وجود دارد .

به برنامه نان و گل سرخ کمک مالى هفتگى کنيد براى فقط ىک دلار در هفته

UNHCR India: Marzieh and Javed need to reach safety

If you would like to support Marzieh and Javed, please sign in the comments section of this post and your name will be added to the list before being forward to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in India. Thank you.


Marzieh Hosseinpoor (case number 513-05C00255) and Javed Riazi Ahmad Saraei (case number 513-00074683) have been granted refugee status by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in India. Marzieh registered in 2005, making it nearly ten years since applying for protection.

Marzieh is an apostate from Islam having converted to Christianity. Apostasy is punishable by death in Iran.

Moreover, during her stay in India, she has been raped and assaulted and faced threats by what she believes were agents of the Islamic regime of Iran. As a result, she has been depressed and suicidal.

Her husband whom she met in India is living in pain with arthritis which he requires physiotherapy for.

After ten years of a life in limbo, we, the undersigned, call on the UNHCR to expedite their resettlement to a safe third country. Clearly, given Marzieh’s horrendous experiences, it is crucial that she be able to live in a safer and more stable environment.

Aliyah Saleem, Activist for a Secular Education
Chris Moos, Secularist Activist and Researcher
Dilip Simeon, Labour Historian
Fariborz Pooya, Head of Federation of Iranian Refugees UK and Host of Bread and Roses TV
Gita Sahgal, Executive Director of Centre for Secular Space
Hoshiar Soroush, Activist
Kate Smurthwaite, Comedian
Lila Ghobady, Filmmaker
Marieme Helie Lucas, Founder of Secularism is a Woman’s Issue
Maryam Namazie, Spokesperson of One Law for All, Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain and Fitnah – Movement for Women’s Liberation
Mehran Mahbobi , Children Rights Activist
Nadia El Fani, Filmmaker
Nina Sankari, Vice President of Atheist Coalition Poland
Pascal Descamps, Activist
Paul V. Dudman, Archivist for Refugee Research Council Archive, University of East London, UK
Pragna Patel, Director of Southall Black Sisters
Rumana Hashem, Post-doctoral Associate at Centre for Research on Migration, Refugee and Belonging, University of East London
Safwan Mason, Council of Ex-Muslims of New Zealand
Shelley Segal, Singer/Songwriter
Sultana Kamal, Human Rights Lawyer and Activist

Statement of Solidarity with Human Rights Defenders Teesta Setalvad and Javed Anand, India

teesta19 February 2015 UPDATE: In today’s hearing, the Supreme Court of India decided against Teesta and Javed being arrested for interrogation. “This is a huge relief. Had they been arrested and sent to Gujarat, anything could have happened”, according to Marieme Helie Lucas. She adds: “Now the struggle will continue…”

Teesta Setalvad, the co-editor of Communalism Combat and India’s prominent crusader for justice for victims of the 2002 Gujarat massacre and her husband face trumped up charges for pursuing accountability of Hindu-Right organisations for the massacre.

Find out more about why Teesta is being targeted here. It is clearly because of her tireless work in securing justice for Muslims killed during the Gujrat 2002 communal violence . She has secured the conviction of over hundred perpetrators, and the case she is now working on, can see India’s prime minister Modhi brought to trial for his role in the violence. Thanks to all the friends who helped support Teesta and Javed. We need to keep a close watch and keep the pressure on to ensure that those involved in the massacre are held to account and that Teesta and Javed can continue their work without threats and intimidation.

We will continue to stand with Teesta and Javed. Unconditionally.

Find out more about the work Teesta has been doing here.


18 February 2015

Below is a statement that has been issued prior to a hearing on their case on 19 February 2015.

As international networks and organisations concerned with equality between all citizens before the law, standing for secularism as prevention of communalism, we are closely following and monitoring the case against human rights defenders Teesta Setalvad and her husband Javed Anand in India.

We note with great concern that this is not the first allegation made against them over the past few years, in the vain hope, it seems, to stop them from asking the right questions of the government after the 2002 Gujarat massacre, pursuing accountability of Hindu-right organizations and persons for communal violence and religious-ethnic cleansing, and standing for the victims and survivors. Teesta Setalvad has filed 68 court cases on behalf of victims.

Having closely followed their work for a long time, even prior to the 2002 massacres, we know their personal integrity and have no doubt that as previous false allegations made against them, the present allegation will also been discarded as fabricated in the court of law.

However, we note the swiftness with which the police came to arrest them, as soon as they saw a legal opportunity to do so. We are therefore concerned with their safety. Attempting to arrest them for interrogation – on accusations of misuse of funds(!) – simply amounts to harassment and intimidation of these rights defenders.

Moreover, their accounts have been frozen for more than 8 months, making their human rights work on behalf of the Gujarat victims and survivors more and more difficult to sustain, as well as their own legal defense. This seems like a deliberate attempt by the BJP government of Gujarat to silence these defenders.

We will be making sure that the case is being watched internationally. Several international networks have been alerted, and the relevant UN Special Rapporteurs are being approached to ensure their security as human rights defenders.

In solidarity

Secularism Is a Women’s Issue-SIAWI
Women Living Under Muslim Laws-WLUML
One Law For All
Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain-CEMB
Fitnah – Movement for Women’s Liberation
Equal Rights Now – Organisation against Women’s Discrimination in Iran
Bread and Roses TV
Southall Black Sisters
Center for Secular Space
VP Atheist Coalition Poland
Europejska Feministyczna Inicjatywa
Association for Women’s Rights in development -AWID
Association for Progressive Communications


Marieme Helie Lucas, Algeria/France
Fatou Sow, Sénégal
Maryam Namazie,Iran/UK
Kate Smurthwaite, comedian and activist, UK
Pragna Patel, Director, Southall Black Sisters, UK
Chris Moos, Secularist activist and researcher, UK
Prof.Nira Yuval Davis, UK
Gita Sahgal, Director Center for Secular Space India/UK
Hameeda Hossain, Dhaka, Bangladesh
Nina Sankari, Poland
Codou Bop, Sénégal
Ariane Brunet, women’s rights activist, Quebec
Anissa Helie, Algeria/USA
Yasmin Rehman, Women’s Rights Campaigner, UK
Sultana Kamal, Women’s Rights Defender, Bangladesh
Elham Manea, Yemeni Academic and Human Rights Activist
Prof.Charlotte Bunch USA

Protest against sexual violence in India

Join today’s protest organised by Southall Black Sisters against sexual violence in India
7th January 2013, 4-7pm
outside the Indian High Commission, London WC2B 4NA

Dear all,

We have all been shocked by the recent case of a young woman who was gang raped by a group of six men on a bus in Delhi. When she was taken to hospital, the doctor found ” that a rod was inserted into her and it was pulled out with so much force that the act brought out her intestines along. That is probably the only thing that explains such severe damage to her intestines.” She tragically died on 29th December 2012 in a hospital in Singapore.

Shocking as it is, this is only one of many acts of horrific sexual violence that take place every where and every day in India. The world’s largest democracy was named the worst country in the G20 countries for violence against women (after Saudi Arabia) in the recent Trust Law/Reuters Survey. This is the heart of darkness in ‘India shining’. By drawing world wide attention to this horror and solidarity for Indian women, we hope to shame the Indian government into acting now by making public spaces safe for women, starting with implementing the laws and bringing the perpetrators to justice. [Read more…]