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Upcoming Events

9 August 2014
Oxford, UK
Maryam will participate in a panel "Is there something about Islam?" with Majid Nawaaz and Kenan Malik amongst others. More details to follow.

11-12 October 2014
London, UK
Maryam Namazie is organising and speaking at a two-day international conference on the Religious-Right, Secularism and Civil Rights at Tower Hotel, London. More information can be found here.

Past Events

28 June 2014, 14:00 - 17:00
CitizenM Hotel, 60 Renfrew St, Glasgow, G2 3BW
Apostasy, Atheism, Secularism and Ex-Muslims
First Public Seminar of Ex-Muslims Scotland

28 April 2014
Protest against Law Society's legtimisation of Sharia Law in London. More details here.

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

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.

8 March 2014
Nude protest at Louvre in Paris for International Women's Day with Amina Sboui, Aliaa Magda Elmahdy, Solmaz Vakilpour, Safia Lebdi, Meriam Russel and myself. See details here.

10 December 2013
London protest against Universities UK endorsement of sex segregation at universities. You can join Facebook Events Page 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.

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.

2 November 2013
London, UK, 6-9pm
Maryam Namazie will be speaking at Passion for Freedom's 5th art festival private viewing. To RSVP email onelawforall@gmail.com. More More information can be found here.

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.]

15 October 2013
London, UK
LSESU Atheist, Secularist and Humanist Society public debate
Date: Tuesday 15 October 2013
Time: 6.30-8pm
Venue: CLM4.02, Clement House
Speakers: Akeela Ahmed, Edie Friedman, Taj Hargey, Maryam Namazie
Chair: Professor Chetan Bhatt

Is the Niqab (face veil) a human right, a security concern or a symbol of oppression? Given the most recent events, this debate will shed some light on this controversial topic.This event is free and open to all with no ticket required. Entry is on a first come, first served basis. For any queries email c.m.moos@lse.ac.uk or call 074 2872 0599.

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

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.

16 July 2013
Manchester, UK
Maryam Namazie will be speaking at a meeting organised by Greater Manchester Humanists during 18:30 to 19:45 at Friends Meeting House, 6 Mount St., Manchester M2 5NS. For more information,click here. Free entry.

6 July 2013
Paris, France
Launch of the Council of Ex-Muslims of France.

29-30 June 2013
Dublin, Ireland
Maryam Namazie will be speaking at Atheist Ireland's international conference on Empowering Women Through Secularism. More information here.

15 June 2013
London, UK
CEMB sixth anniversary luncheon with keynote speaker Kenan Malik. 12.30 for a 1pm start. Tickets: £35; £30 unwaged. Reserve your space now. For more information, click here.

17-19 May 2013
Washington, DC, USA
Women in Secularism 2 Conference
More information available here.

4 April 2013
International Day to Defend Amina.  More information here.

8 March 2013, 4pm
Frankfurt, Germany
Seminar to mark International Women’s Day
Speakers: Mina Ahadi, International Committee against Stoning and Council of Ex-Muslims of Germany; Nadeen Gamil, Egyptian Women's Union; Necla Kelek, Sociologist; Houzan Mahmoud, Organisation of Women's Freedom in Iraq; Maryam Namazie, One Law for All, Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain and Equal Rights Now - Organisation against Women's Discrimination in Iran; Taslima Nasrin, Writer; and Zana Ramadani, FEMEN Germany. Place: (Uni Frankfurt) Asta, Festsaal, Bockenheimer Warte, Merton Str.26-28, 60325 Frankfurt am Main. For more information: 015774650186.

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. Arts Building LR7. For more information, go here.

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 (Fariborz Pooya went in my place) and Ansar Ahmed Ullah. For more information, contact: admin@centreforsecularspace.org.

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, emailexmuslimcouncil@gmail.com.

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 fergus-simpson@hotmail.co.uk. There is no need to register for the event.

30 November – 2 December 2012
Houston, Texas
Maryam will be speaking at 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.

17 November 2012
Private Luncheon
Forum members are invited to a private luncheon to celebrate the CEMB’s forum 5th anniversary. If you are interested in attending, please emailexmuslimcouncil@gmail.com..

8-11 November 2012
Jersey Human Rights Festival
Maryam will be speaking about human rights in Iran and Sharia law. More details here.

3 November 2012
One Law for All Passion for Freedom Art Festival Opening night. More details 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.

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 atThe Albany, 24 Albany Road, Coventry, CV5 6JUMore information here.

4 August 2012, 10.00am
Montreal, Canada
Sharia law, the veil and sexual apartheid
Maryam Namazie will be speaking at a conference on Sex and Secularism hosted by Humanist Canada, the Quebec Humanist Association and the Quebec Secular Movement. More details can be found here.

Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain's fifth anniversary
23 June 2012, London
1-4pm
To celebrate the work, significance and achievements of this unique organisation on its fifth birthday, the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain are holding a fundraising luncheon on Saturday 23 June 2012 in London from 13.00-16:00 hours. Ticket(s) are £45.00 per person or £35.00 for students/unwaged. For more information, click here.

26 May 2012
Brighton, UK
4.30 - 6pm at the Brighton Dome, Pavilion Theatre
Maryam Namazie will join a panel staged by Index on Censorship and Free Word as part of this year’s Brighton Festival on the afternoon of 26th May called ‘Where do you draw the line?’ Open dialogue is the key to a healthy, cohesive society, but some fear the disruptive, dangerous potential of truly free speech. Inspired by themes of DV8’s show Can We Talk About This? the event presents an interactive conversation about how, when and why we censor ourselves. Chaired by Kenan Malik, author of From Fatwa to Jihad and regular guest on The Moral Maze, the discussion moves between panellists and the audience using electronic polling terminals, with poll results screened live. To buy tickets and for more information, click here. 18-20 May 2012
Kamloops, BC Canada
Maryam Namazie will be speaking at the Imagine No Religion 2 Conference in Kamloops, BC Canada during 18-20 May 2012. For more information, click here.

28 April - 6 May 2012
CFI Event
Maryam Namazie joins Richard Dawkins and Ronald Lindsay on Centre for Inquiry's River Cruise to speak about Secularism and Sharia law as well as Freedom of Expression and Islam. More details here.

31 March 2012, 2pm
Paris, France
Maryam Namazie will be joining the launch of FEMEN- Paris in a collective action in the public space to support women’s rights activists of the spring revolutions in Arab countries. It will take place at 144 Rue Quicampoix / Paris / Galerie du jour, Paris. For more information, contact: femen.fr@gmail.com.

19 March 2012
Lyttleton Theatre, National Theatre, London
DV8: Can We Talk About This?
Freedom of speech, multiculturalism and Islam; a panel discussion about the issues raised in the new production with guests Inayat Bunglawala, Founder and Chair of Muslims4UK, Maryam Namazie, campaigner and Spokesperson for One Law for All, and DV8's Artistic Director Lloyd Newson.
Tickets £4 (£3 concessions)
Running time: 6-7pm
For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.

14 March 2012, 7pm
Maryam Namazie and Anne Marie Waters will be speaking on 'Sharia Law and Human Rights' in the Skeel Lecture Theatre in Francis Bancroft Building, University of London. This meeting is in place of the 16 January meeting that was cancelled due to Islamist threats. The meeting has been organised by the Queen Mary Atheist Society.

10-11 March 2012
Manchester, UK
Maryam Namazie will b e speaking at the QED science and skepticism conference taking place in the Piccadilly Hotel, Manchester on the 10th-11th March 2012. For more information, visit here. 5 March 2012, 7-8.30pm Maryam Namazie will be speaking on “Sharia law – Divine claims and harsh realities” at the LSE opposite to the Peacock Theatre. The event is organised by the LSESU Atheist, Secularist and Humanist Society. A map can be found here.  

3 March 2012
Gent, Belgium
Maryam Namazie will be speaking at a debate organised by ‘Freethinking Women’s Organisation of Oost-Vlaanderen' on 3 March 2012 in Gent, Belgium on 'Can universal values be other than secular values?' More information to follow.

11 February 2012
Day in Defence of Free Expression
London Rally from 2-4pm, Old Palace Yard opposite the House of Lords. For more information, visit One Law for All.

4 February 2012, 13.00 hours
Stockholm, Sweden
Maryam Namazie will be speaking on Sharia law at a public meeting in Stockholm, Sweden.
ABF huset, Sveavägen 41, Stockholm. For more information, contact: Afsaneh Vahdat, 070-246 84 54

1 February 2012
Sheffield
Maryam Namazie will be speaking at a meeting organised by the Sheffield Humanist Society on Wednesday 1st February at The Friends Meeting House, 10 St James Street, Sheffield S1 2EW from 6:30 to 8:00pm. The talk will be on "One Law for All, Sharia and Secularism".

28 January 2012
Conway Hall, London
Maryam Namazie will be speaking at a conference on ‘Blasphemy!’ – blasphemy, religious hatred, and human rights: who speaks for the sacred? The title of her talk: Blasphemy, Offence, and Islamophobia limiting Citizen Rights. Maryam will be speaking on how accusations of blasphemy, offensive speech and ‘Islamophobia’ censor and restrict free speech, limit citizen rights, and aid and abet Islamism.
More information at CFI

8 December 2011
UCL, London
18:00 – 21:00
26 Bedford Way
London WC1H
UCLU Atheist, Secular and Humanist Society will be hosting a debate on a very important topic. The proponents of the motion will be arguing that Sharia Law negates human rights. The opposing speakers will attempt to argue otherwise. Co-hosted by UCLU-ASHS and One Law for All, a campaign to protect human rights which believes that Sharia Law opposes the principles of equality enshrined in British law. Drinks will be provided.
For more information, go to Facebook page or email here.

29 October 2011
London
One Law for All's Passion for Freedom art exhibition opening night.

18 October 2011
Lymington, UK
Maryam will be speaking to a meeting organised by the Amnesty International group.

27 September 2011
Copenhagen, Denmark
Maryam will be speaking at a meeting organised by the Danish Atheist Society at 7pm at Dansk Designmuseum, Bredgade 68.

20 September 2011
Birmingham, UK
Maryam Namazie will be speaking at a fringe meeting at the LibDem Federal Conference in Birmingham.
8pm-9:15pm, Tuesday 20th September, in Jurys Inn, 245 Broad Street, Birmingham, B1 2HQ.

17 September 2011
London, UK
Secular Europe Campaign March and Rally
Maryam Namazie will be speaking at therally in London. For more information, click here.

16 September 2011
London, UK
Maryam Namazie will be speaking on a panel discussion on Islam in a secular Europe at Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL from 7:00pm – 9:30pm. To register, click here.

22-28 August 2011
Sydney and Melbourne Australia
Updated schedule of events

10 August 2011
World Founding Congress of Free Thought, Oslo, Norway
Maryam Namazie will be speaking at the Congress held during 900am to 530pm and organised by the International Liaison Committee for Atheists and Freethinkers. It is held in conjunction with the World Humanist Congress of the International Humanist and Ethical Union. Other speakers include: Marc Blondel, Jacques Lafouge, Keith Porteus Wood, Charles Susanne, David Silverman, Tanya Smith, Christian Eyschen, and Roger Lepeix. 28 June 2011
House of Commons, UK
Should the practice of sharia law be permitted under the powers of the Arbitration Act? One Law for All and the National Secular Society are organising a debate at 6-8pm. Chair – Jim Fitzpatrick MP. To RSVP, email onelawforall@gmail.com. For more information.

24-26 June 2011
Genoa, Italy
Punto G: Gender and Globalization Conference
Maryam Namazie will be speaking at a global debate organised by Marea Review. For more information.

19 June 2011
Newcastle, UK
Maryam Namazie will be speaking at the NE Humanists Conference held from 10.30am to 16.30pm at the Royal Station Hotel. More details here.

5 June 2011
European Atheist Conference
Dublin, Ireland
Maryam Namazie will be speaking at the European Atheist Conference. More information.

4 June 2011
HowTheLightGetsIn philosophy festival at Hay on Wye, UK
Maryam Namazie will be giving a solo talk at 14.00 entitled the Islamist Inquisition at HowTheLightGetsIn philosophy festival at Hay on Wye. She will also be debating Islam in a panel discussion at 10.30am entitled the Scimitar’s Edge with Lauren Booth and Iain Edgar. Mary Ann Sieghart chairs. Other speakers include A C Grayling, Baroness Mary Warnock, Philip Pullman, Dame Athene Donald, Tessa Jowell, Leela Gandhi, Alex Callinicos, Lord Layard, Baroness Susan Greenfield, David Aaronovitch and Nassim Nicholas Taleb. More information here.

17 May 2011
Birmingham, UK
Maryam Namazie will be speaking on the One Law for All campaign in Birmingham organised by Birmingham Humanists at Moseley Exchange, 149 Alcester Road B13 8JP from 19.30-21.30.

6 May 2011
Oxford Union, Oxford
Maryam Namazie will be proposing the motion that multiculturalism has been a failure at Oxford University.

4 April 2011
Bradford University, Bradford, UK
Maryam Namazie will be speaking to students about apostasy and sharia law at an event organised by Bradford Humanist and Atheist Society.

International Conference on Women’s Rights, Sharia Law and Secularism
12 March 2011
10.00-19.00 hours
University of London Union, The Venue, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HY
Sponsored by International Committee against Stoning, Iran Solidarity, Equal Rights Now and One Law for All. For more information, click here.

Islam in Western Countries
4-5 March 2011
Torino, Italy
Maryam Namazie will be speaking at a conference on the One Law for All campaign and Sharia Law.

Amnesty International Regional Conference
19 February 2011
Salisbury, UK
Maryam will be speaking at the Amnesty International Regional Conference on Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani and Sharia Law

European Parliament Press Conference and Meeting
15 February 2011
Maryam Namazie will be speaking at a 1500 hours press conference and 18:30 meeting at the European Parliament on the rising executions in Iran at Avenue du President Robert Schuman, 67000 Strasbourg.

LSE Atheist and Humanist Society Meeting
10 February 2011
Maryam Namazie and Anne Marie Waters will speak on Sharia Law and Human Rights at a meeting sponsored by the LSE Atheist and Humanist Society at 18.00pm.

Seminar on ‘Enemies not Allies'
26 January 2011
18.30-20.30 hours
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL
Sponsored by One Law for All.

Conference on Apostasy, Sharia Law and Human Rights
11 December 2010
10:00-19:00 hours
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL
Sponsored by Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain, Iran Solidarity, National Secular Society, One Law for All and South Place Ethical Society.

Date:4 December 2010
Venue: Lord Justice Laws Treasurer of the Inner Temple
Maryam Namazie will be speaking at their December student conference on The Role of Religion in the Law.

Date: 08 November 2010
Time: 7.30pm
Venue: Denham Room, Priory Street Centre, 15 Priory Street, York YO1 6ET
Maryam Namazie will be speaking at a meeting organised by the North Yorkshire Humanist Group
More information

Date: 07 November 2010
Time: 3.15pm – 4.15pm
Venue: The Sage Gateshead, New Castle
Maryam Namazie will be joining the Free Thinking Debate: Has God Gone Global at the BBC Radio 3 Freethinking Festival
For more information

Date: 3 November 2010
Time: 7pm
Maryam Namazie will be speaking to Zonta Guilford members on the One Law for All campaign.

Date: 29-31 October 2010
Place: Venice Italy
Maryam Namazie will be involved in the city’s Neda Day events along with Mina Ahadi and others.

Date: 10 October 2010
Global day of action against the death penalty
For more information

Date: 23-24 September 2010
Call to UN to boycott Ahmadinejad and his government
More Information Date: 18 September 2010
Time: 130pm onwards
Place: London
Maryam Namazie will be speaking at Protest the Pope

Date: 18 September
Time and Place: Worldwide
In defence of Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani

Date: 28 August 2010
100 Cities against Stoning
More Information

Date: 30 July 2010
Venue: Conway Hall, London
Press conference on Iran stoning case, Sakine Mohamadi Ashtiani

Date: 27-29 July 2010
Venue: Leicester University Conference Centre
Maryam will be speaking at ‘Sea of Faith' conference on how religion and social justice are antithetical. For more information, see www.sofn.org.uk

Date: 24 July 2010
Venue: Trafalgar Square, London
International Sakine Mohamadi Ashtiani Day, World Citizens against Stoning
For more information on other events and rallies click here.

URGENT - PLEASE NOTE VENUE CHANGE
Date: 20 June 2010
Join us for a Rally organised by One Law for All against Sharia and religious laws and for secularism and universal rights
Where: Richmond Terrace junction with Whitehall opposite Downing Street (SW1A 2) .
(Please note venue change from Trafalgar Square made by police; closest underground: Westminster.)
When: 14:00-16:00 hours
Then join us for a March organised by Iran Solidarity to show solidarity with people in Iran who are at the forefront of battling Sharia law and political Islam
Where: From Downing Street to the embassy of the Islamic regime of Iran (16 Prince's Gate, London SW7 1PT; closest underground: Knightsbridge).
When: 16:00-17:00 hours
The march will end at 17:30 hours.
One Law for All and Iran Solidarity call on people everywhere to join the 20 June protest in London or to organise rallies or acts of solidarity in various cities across the globe to mark the day when 27-year-old Neda Agha-Soltan was shot dead by the Islamic regime of Iran’s security forces at a protest in Tehran. Her demand for freedom in the face of all-out repression has made her a symbol of people everywhere.

Date: 9 June 2010
Time: 6.30-9.30pm
Maryam will be speaking to the Zonta London II club, London

Date: 13 May to 19 June 2010
From 13 May onwards join me in protest against the 9 May execution of the five political prisoners in any way you can. Protests have already been taking place in Iran and at Iranian embassies in various cities worldwide, including a successful general strike in Iranian Kurdistan on 13 May. You can join rallies taking place in your city; pass this information on; ask your friends to support the action; write letters of protest; write to the media; raise the issue at events you organise or attend and at your places of work, school and in your neighbourhoods; do acts of solidarity anywhere you can; volunteer; lend your expertise to make publicity materials, translate, fundraise… Demand the expulsion of the regime from its seat in the UN's Commission on the Status of Women, from the International Labour Organisation and other bodies. Demand that its embassies and consulates be shut down. And call for an end to the death penalty in Iran and everywhere.

Date: 5 June 2010
Venue: Birmingham Crowne Plaza
Maryam will be speaking at a conference entitled ‘Atheism in the 21 century.' For more information visit http://www.enquiryconference.org/.

Date: May 30, 2010
Time: 7pm
Venue: Sembal House, SO15 2FH, Southampton
Maryam Namazie will speak about the One Law for All campaign at a meeting organised by the South Hampshire Humanist Group.

Date: Monday, March 8, 2010
Time: 1830-2030 hours
Venue: Conway Hall
A seminar with legal experts, legislators, campaigners and activists on the legal and legislative avenues to restrict Sharia law in Britain.
Tickets: £10; concessionary tickets available.

Date: 6 March 2010
Time: 1200-1400hours
Venue: Trafalgar Square, Northern Terrace, London
Iran Soldarity event for International Women's Day

Date: 25 February 2010
Time: 1300-1400
Venue: Lincoln College, Oxford
Maryam will be speaking on topic of Ethics and Freedom and how Sharia law violates it
For more information, visit Oxford Think Week site

Date: 11 February 2010
Time: 4-8pm
Venue: Islamic regime of Iran's embassy in London
Rally in support of people of Iran

Date: 10th February 2010
Time: 6pm
Venue: Human Rights Festival at Kingston University
Kingston University, Penrhyn Road, Kingston-upon-Thames, KT1 2EE
Maryam will be speaking on Iran Solidarity.

Date: Thursday, January 28, 2010
Time: 1900 hours
Venue: Central London gastropub
Fundraising Dinner to raise money for the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain and One Law for All
Keynote Speaker: AC Grayling
Comedian Nick Doody, Singer/Songwriter David Fisher and Magician Neil Edward will do acts
To buy tickets to the event, which includes a three-course meal at one of the finest gastropubs in London , contact onelawforall@gmail.com or exmuslimcouncil@gmail.com. Tickets are £45 per person. If you can't come to the event, please donate the equivalent so that volunteers of the campaign can attend the dinner.

Date: 26 January 2010
Time: 7pm
Venue: University College Dublin Law Society
Maryam Namazie will debate on the conflict between many of the world's most followed religious doctrines, the place of women, and equality in society.

Date: 25 January, 2010
Time: Evening
Venue: SW London Humanist Group in Richmond
Maryam Namazie will speak on ‘Sharia versus Human Rights.'

Date: November 27, 2009
Time: 0800-1600
Venue: Malmo, Sweden
Maryam Namazie will be speaking at a conference entitled: A voice from voiceless women.

Date: Saturday 21 November 2009
Time: 1200-1400

Venue: North Carriage Drive, in-between Stanhope Place Gate and Albion Gate, Hyde Park, London (Closest underground: Marble Arch)

21 November is a day against Sharia law and for human rights

One Law for All campaign is organising a rally on Saturday 21 November 2009 at 1200pm in London 's Hyde Park . The rally aims to oppose religious laws in Britain and elsewhere, show solidarity with people living under and resisting Sharia, and to defend universal rights and secularism.

Simultaneous acts of solidarity and support for the rally and its aims will take place in countries across the world including Australia , Austria , Belgium , Canada , Denmark , France , Germany , Hungary , Israel , Kenya , Nigeria , Serbia and Montenegro and Sweden.

Moreover, winners of the campaign's art competition exposing the discriminatory nature of religious law and promoting freedom and equal rights will be announced at the event.

One Law for All Spokesperson, Maryam Namazie, commented, ‘Sharia law is becoming a key battleground, particularly because it is an extension and representation of the rising threat of Islamism. Sharia matters to people everywhere because it adversely affects the rights, lives and freedoms of countless human beings across the world. Opposing Sharia law is a crucial step in defending universal and equal rights and secularism and showing real solidarity with people living under and resisting it everywhere. November 21 is yet another important day for further strengthening the mass movement needed that can and will put a stop to Sharia once and for all.'

Notes

1. The One Law for All campaign rally marks Universal Children's Day and the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.

2. Speakers at the rally include: Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain's Asad Abbas; Poet ‘AK47;' Musician Fari B; International Humanist and Ethical Union's Roy Brown; Singer/Songwriter David Fisher; Philosopher AC Grayling; Southall Black Sisters' Rahila Gupta; Poet ‘Lilith;' Organisation of Women's Freedom in Iraq's Houzan Mahmoud, Lawyer Rony Miah; Campaigner Maryam Namazie; Writer Taslima Nasrin; British Humanist Association's Naomi Phillips; European Humanist Federation's David Pollock; Iranian Secular Society's Fariborz Pooya; National Secular Society's Terry Sanderson; Poet Selina aka ‘Jus1Jam;' Activist Muriel Seltman; Equal Rights Now's Sohaila Sharifi; Organisation for the Defence of Secularism and Civil Rights in Iraq's Issam Shukri; Iran Solidarity's Bahar Milani; Human Rights Campaigner Peter Tatchell and National Secular Society's Keith Porteous Wood.

3. Art competition judges are Philosopher AC Grayling; Singer Deeyah; Journalist Johann Hari; and Columnist Polly Toynbee.

4. Responses to Frequently Asked Questions including the affinity between the far right and the Islamists, the issue of secularism, whether Islamic states are a threat to humankind and the need to defend the right to asylum for those who have fled Sharia law can be found on http://www.onelawforall.org.uk/about/faq.

5. One Law for All campaign was launched on 10 December 2008 - International Human Rights Day. It has since received the support of over 20,000 groups and individuals.

6. For further comment or information, please contact Maryam Namazie on +44 (0) 7719166731 or onelawforall@gmail.com or visit www.onelawforall.org.uk .

Date: July 13, 2009
Time: 12:30-1:30pm
Venue: House of Lords, London
Launch of Iran Solidarity
For more information: contact iransolidaritynow@gmail.com

Date: July 15, 2009
Time: 8:00-9:30pm
Venue: The Village Centre, 59 High Street,The Square,Great Eccleston. (Nr Preston). PR3 0YB
Organisation Hosting: Lancashire Secular Humanists
Maryam Namazie will speak about the One Law for All campaign
Contact: Ian Abbott, ian@ianzere.demon.co.uk

Date: June 21, 2009
Time: 7:30pm
Maryam Namazie will speak about the One Law for All campaign
Organisation Hosting: Essex Humanists

Date: 21 May 2009
Time: 7:30pm
Venue: UK , Plowman Room, Oxford Town Hall
Organisation Hosting: Oxford Humanists
Maryam Namazie will speak about the One Law for All campaign
For more information, contact 01865 891876

17 April 2009, 7.30pm, Conway Hall, London , UK
Islam, Human Rights and Homophobia – A talk by Maryam Namazie sponsored by the Gay And Lesbian Humanist Association. For more information: www.galha.org

April 4-5, 2009, International Conference on Secularism, Paris , France
"Bourse du Travail" of Saint-Denis (93200)
9-11, street Génin – (Enter by street Bobby Sands)
Maryam Namazie will be speaking on a panel on the centrality of the struggle for women's rights from 16h 30 to 18h 30 on April 4. For more information: www.laicity.info

Political Islam, Sharia and Women's Rights, March 14, 2009,Toronto, Canada
25 Cecil Street, United Steelworkers' Hall, 7:30pm
Panel discussion on Political Islam, Sharia and Women's Rights with Maryam Namazie (Spokesperson of Equal Rights Now, Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain and One Law for All Campaign against Sharia Law in Britain), Tarek Fatah (Founder of Muslim Canadian Congress and Author of "Chasing a Mirage: The Tragic Illusion of an Islamic State," Khayal Ibrahim (Women's Liberation in Iraq), Justin Trottier (Executive Director of Center for Inquiry, Ontario) and Issam Shukri (Head of the Organization for the Defense of Secularism and Civil Rights in Iraq). For more information: 1-416-471-7138; WPIcanada@yahoo.com.
$5 entry.

Freedom of Expression and Political Islam, a presentation by Maryam Namazie, March 16th, TOronto, Canada
7:00-9:00PM
Centre for Inquiry, 216 Beverley St., Toronto, ON
For more information.
$8 regular, $4 students, FREE for CFI Friends of the Centre

Vancouver
March 20, UBC
6:30pm, Maryam Namazie's presentation on Political Islam, Sharia and Women's Rights

Victoria
March 24
7:00 to 10:00, UVIC
Lecture Hall at Bob Wright Building
Free entry; donations welcome
Maryam Namazie's presentation on Political Islam, Sharia and Women's Rights
For more information: 1-250-380-1319; vicc22@hotmail.com.

Sharia Law, Sexual Apartheid and Women's Rights, march 7, 2009, London

3:30-4:30pm, North Terrace, Trafalgar Square, London
Symbolic rally and march towards Red Lion Square from 4:30-5:30pm
6:00-8:00pm, Public Meeting on Sharia Law, Sexual Apartheid and Women's Rights
Conway Hall, 25 Red Line Square, London, WC1R 4RL

Speakers at the public meeting include: Sargul Ahmad (International Campaign against Civil Law in Kurdistan Iraq Head), Yasmin Alibhai-Brown (Journalist and British Muslims for Secular Democracy Chair), Naser Khader (Democratic Muslims Founder), Gina Khan (One Law for All Spokesperson), Kenan Malik (Writer and Broadcaster), Yasaman Molazadeh (One Law for All Legal Coordinator):Maryam Namazie (Equal Rights Now Organisation against Women's Discrimination in Iran and One Law for All Spokesperson), Pragna Patel (Southall Black Sisters and Women Against Fundamentalism founding member), Fariborz Pooya (Iranian Secular Society and Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain Chair), and Carla Revere (Lawyers' Secular Society Chair).

One law for all: campaign against sharia law in britain launch, house of Lords, 4-5pm, December 10, 2008, london

on faith scools, january 14 from 7pm, leicester

Maryam Namazie will be speaking on faith schools at a local NUT meeting.

Political Islam and Free Expression, 22 November 2008, 12-4pm, Stockholm

Lars Vilks, Mina Ahadi, Maryam Namazie, Rebecca Hybbinette, Jens Ganman, will be speaking on a panel moderated by Afsaneh Vadhat, and Ellis Wohlner in Sweden.

Emma Humphreys Award Ceremony, 24 October, Drill Hall, London

Maryam Namazie has been nominated for the award and will be attending the ceremony.

On the importance of the CEMB, Central London, October 15

Maryam Namazie will be speaking to members of the Central London Humanist Group on October 15 at 6:30pm.

On the Council of Ex-Muslims, North London, October 16

Maryam Namazie will be responding to questions raised over the past year on the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain at a meeting organised by the North London Humanists, October 16, 8pm.

POlitical Islam, Sharia Law and Civil Society, October 10, 2008 at Conway Hall, London

The Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain presents its first international conference: Political Islam, Sharia Law, And Civil Society on Friday 10 October 2008 - International day against the Death Penalty - from 10am-6pm (Registration begins at 9am) at Conway Hall London 25 Red Lion Square WC1R 4RL (Closest station: Holborn). Speakers at the event are: Mina Ahadi, Mahin Alipour, Roy Brown, Andrew Copson, Richard Dawkins,Giles Enders, AC Grayling, Johann Hari, Ehsan Jami, Rony Miah, Maryam Namazie, Fariborz Pooya, Terry Sanderson, Joan Smith, Bahram Soroush, Hanne Stinson, Hamid Taqvaee, Ibn Warraq, Keith Porteous Wood, and Zia Zaffar. Thee vent includes a comedy act by Nick Doody, Fitna Remade by Reza Moradi and Breaking the Taboo by Patty Debonitas. To see the conference proceedings, visit CEMB site: http://www.ex-muslim.org.uk/indexPressreleases.html.

Annual Reunion of Kindred Organisations, 21 September, Conway Hall, London

Maryam Namazie will be speaking on behalf of the CEMB at the annual reunion at 1430.

CEMB's One year anniversary celebration, Central London , July 5, 2008, from 2pm onwards

We are asking members and supporters to join CEMB executive committee members for drinks to celebrate the one-year anniversary of the establishment of the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain and to meet other like-minded people in central London on 5th July 2008 from 2pm onwards. For more details, please RSVP by emailing us.

Political Islam and Freedom of Expression, June 6, 2008, World Humanist Congress, Washington , DC

Maryam Namazie will be speaking at the World Humanist Congress plenary session: Freedom of conscience and Expression at 1:30-2:45pm at the L'Enfant Plaza Hotel just off the National Mall. For more information, click here.

Alternative Islam Conference, Koln, Germany, 31 May-1 June, 2008
Maryam Namazie will be speaking at the alternative Islam conference in Koln, Germany on May 31 at 11am and again at 1230pm on a panel with other heads of Ex-Muslim Councils. Her 11am speech is entitled Islam is significant because of political Islam'.

Secularism, Sharia law and the future of civil society, Oxford Secular Society, April 29, 2008, 7:30pm, Oxford

Maryam Namazie will talk about Rowan Williams' recent comments on Sharia law's inevitability for Britain and the future of secularism and civil society. She will explain why political Islam needs to be challenged, and how her organisation is helping.

Medieval Executions in 2008, April 15, Boras, Sweden

Maryam Namazie will be speaking on Islam, stonings, honour killings and women's rights.

International conference against honour killings, April 12, 2008, 5-9pm, London

Maryam Namazie will be speaking at an Organisation for Women's Freedom in Iraq conference in commemoration of Du'a Kahlil, the 17 year old girl who was stoned to death in Iraqi Kurdistan, and to denounce "honour killings" globally.

Sexual apartheid, Islam and political Islam and Women's Rights, International Women's Day seminar, March 10, 2008, Conway Hall, London

The Council of Ex-Muslims and Equal Rights Now, an organisation against women's discrimination in Iran are holding a seminar in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of International Women's Day on March 10, 2008 from 6-10pm at Conway Hall. The seminar will focus on Sexual apartheid, Sharia law, Islam and political Islam and Women's Rights. Confirmed speakers at the seminar are: Louise Couling, Chair of the Regional Women's Committee and member of the National Executive Council of Unison; Joan Smith, Novelist, columnist and human rights activist; Maryam Namazie and Mina Ahadi, the Councils of Ex-Muslims of Britain and Germany and National Secular Society Secularist of the Year award winners in 2005 and 2007 respectively, and Houzan Mahmoud, spokesperson of the Organisation for Women's Freedom in Iraq. The event will be chaired by Hanne Stinson, Chief Executive of the British Humanist Association. The seminar has been endorsed by the National Secular Society, the British Humanist Association, the Gay and Lesbian Humanist Association and Organisation for Women's Freedom in Iraq.

Life after leavingIslam, Cambridge University Atheist and Agnostic Society, January 30, 2008, Cambridge

Maryam Namazie will be speaking at Cambridge University Atheist and Agnostic Society on the ex-Muslim movement and its challenge to political Islam on January 30, 2008 at 7:30pm.