Defend a free and Secular Middle East and North Africa
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Defend a free and Secular Middle East and North Africa

    1. Maryam Namazie
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      Maryam Namazie

      London, United Kingdom

VERSION FRANÇAISE CI DESSOUS; ARABIC, FRENCH, SPANISH AND PERSIAN VERSIONS BELOW

Manifesto for a Secular Middle East and North Africa

The 2009 protests in Iran followed by the Arab Spring have the potential to herald a new dawn for the people of the region and the world. The protests have clearly shown that people in the region, like people everywhere, want to live 21st century lives.

We, the undersigned, emphasise their modern and human dimension and wholeheartedly welcome this immense and historical development. We are vehemently opposed to their hijacking by Islamism or US-led militarism and support the call for a free and secular Middle East and North Africa made by citizens and particularly women in the region.  

Secularism is a minimum precondition for the freedom and equality of all citizens and includes:

1. Complete separation of religion from the state.

2. Abolition of religious laws in the family, civil and criminal codes.

3.  Separation of religion from the educational system.

4. Freedom of religion and atheism as private beliefs.

5. Prohibition of sex apartheid and compulsory veiling.

INITIAL SIGNATORIES

Mina Ahadi, Spokesperson, International Committees against Stoning and Execution, Iran/Germany

Marieme Helie Lucas, Sociologist, Founder and former international coordinator of Women Living Under Muslim Laws and founder of Secularism Is A Women's Issue, Algeria/France

Maryam Namazie, Spokesperson, Equal Rights Now – Organisation against Women’s Discrimination in Iran, Iran/UK

Shahla Abghari, University Professor, Iran/USA

Siavash Abghari, Esmail Khoi Foundation, Iran/USA

Ahlam Akram, Palestinian Peace and Human Rights Writer and Campaigner, Palestine/UK

Sargul Ahmad, Women's Liberation in Iraq, Iraq/Canada

Mahin Alipour, Coordinator, Equal Rights Now – Organisation against Women’s Discrimination in Iran, Iran/Sweden

Reza Alkrami, Human Rights Activist, Iran/USA

Farideh Arman, Coordinator, Committee to Defend Women’s Rights, Iran/Sweden

Sultana Begum, Human Rights Activist, Bangladesh

Djemila Benhabib, Writer, Algeria/Canada

Codou Bop, Journalist and Director of GREFELS, Dakar, Senegal

Ariane Brunet, co-founder Urgent Action Fund, Québec, Canada

Micheline Carrier, Sisyphe, Québec, Canada

Patty Debonitas, Iran Solidarity, UK

Denise Deliège Femmes En Noir, Belgium

Equal Rights Now – Organisation against Women’s Discrimination in Iran, Sweden

Fanny Filosof, Femmes en Noir, Belgium

Mersedeh Ghaedi, New Channel TV Programme host, Iran/Norway

Groupe de recherche sur les femmes et les lois, Dakar, Senegal

Laura Guidetti, Marea Feminist Magazine, Italy

Zeinabou Hadari, Centre Reines Daura, Niger

Anissa Hélie, Historian, Algeria/France/USA

Rohini Henssman, Human Rights Activist, India

Hameeda Hossein, Chairperson Ain o Salish Kendra, Dhaka, Bangladesh

Khayal Ibrahim, Women's Liberation in Iraq, Iraq/Canada

Leo Igwe, Founder, Nigerian Humanist Movement, Nigeria

Ayesha Imam, Women's Human Rights and Democracy Activist, Nigeria/Senegal

International Campaign in Defence of Women’s Rights in Iran, Sweden

International Committee against Execution, Germany

International Committee against Stoning, Germany

Iran Solidarity, Iran/UK

Maryam Jamil, Women's Liberation in Iraq, Iraq

Sultana Kamal, Executive Director, Ain o Salish Kendra and Chairperson Transparency International, Bangladesh

Abbas Kamil, Unity Against Unemployment in Iraq, Baghdad, Iraq

Harsh Kapoor, South Asia Citizens Web, India

Akbar Karimian, Human Rights Activist, Iran/UK

Cherifa Kheddar, President of Djazairouna, Algeria

Monica Lanfranco, Marea Feminist Magazine, Italy

Houzan Mahmoud, Representative of Organisation of Women's Freedom in Iraq, Iraq/UK

Nahla Elgaali Mahmoud, Biologist, Sudan/UK

Anwar Mir Sattari, Human rights Activist, Iran/Belgium

Amena Mohsin, Professor, Dept. International Relations Dhaka University, Bangladesh

Khawar Mumtaz, Director Shirkat Gah, Lahore, Pakistan

Taslima Nasrin, Writer and Activist, Bangladesh

U. M. Habibun Nessa, President, Naripokkho, Bangladesh

Partow Nooriala, Poet, Writer and Human Rights Activist, Iran/USA

Asghar Nosrati, Human Rights Activist, Iran/Sweden

One Law for All, UK

Pragna Patel, Southall Black Sisters, UK

Fariborz Pooya, Iranian Secular Society, Iran/UK

Protagora, Zagreb, Croatia

Hassan Radwan, Activist, Egypt/UK

Mary Jane Real, Women’s Human Rights Coalition, Manila, The Philippines

Edith Rubinstein, Femmes en Noir, Belgium

Nawal El Sadaawi, Writer, Egypt

Fahimeh Sadeghi, Coordinator, International Federation of Iranian Refugees, Iran/Canada

Gita Sahgal, Director, Centre for Secular Space, UK

Nina Sankari, Secularist and Feminist, Poland

Secularism Is A Women's Issue (International Network)

Aisha Lee Shaheed, London, UK

Farida Shaheed, Shirkat Gah, Lahore, Pakistan

Siba Shakib, Filmmaker, Writer and Activist, Iran/USA

Sohaila Sharifi, Women’s Rights Campaigner, Iran/UK

Issam Shukri, Head, Secularism and Civil Rights in Iraq, Iraq/Canada

Southall Black Sisters, UK

Fatou Sow, Sociologist CNRS, Dakar, Senegal

Afsaneh Vahdat, Coordinator, International Campaign for Women’s Rights in Iran, Iran/Sweden

Lino Veljak, Professor of Philosophy, Zagreb University, Croatia

Fauzia Viqar, Director Advocacy and Communications, Shirkat Gah Women’s Resource Centre, Lahore, Pakistan

Anne Marie Waters, One Law for All, UK

Vivienne Wee, anthropologist, feminist and human rights activist, Singapore and Hong Kong, China

Women In Black, Belgrade, Serbia

Sara Zaker, Theatre Director, Bangladesh

Stasa Zajovic, spokesperson Women in Black, Belgrade, Serbia

FRENCH

Manifeste pour la laicité au Moyen Orient et en Afrique du Nord

Les protestations de 2009 en Iran et le Printemps Arabe qui a suivi pourrait faire se lever une nouvelle aurore pour le peuple de la région et du monde. Les manifestations ont clairement montré que le peuple dans la région, comme partout, veut vivre au XXI° siècle.

Nous sous signés, soulignons leur dimension moderne et humaine et soutenons de tout coeur cet immense tournant historique.  Nous nous opposons avec véhemence à ce qu'il soit détourné par l'islamisme ou par la militarisation sous l’égide des Etats Unis et reitérons l'appel pour un Moyen Orient et une Afrique du Nord libres et laiques, lancé par les citoyens et particulièrelent les femmes de la region.

La laicité est le pré-requis minimum pour assurer la liberté et l'égalité de tous les citoyens, et cela inclue:

1. la totale separation de la religion et de l'état.

2. l'abolition des lois religieuses en matière familiale et dans le code penal.

3. la séparation de la religion et du système d'éducation.

4. la liberté de religion et d'athéisme, définis comme croyances personnelles.

5. l'interdiction de l'apartheid sexuel et du voile obligatoire. 

ARABIC

بيان من أجل شرق اوسط وشمال افريقيا علمانية

   إن احتجاجات إيران عام 2009 والربيع العربي الذي أعقبها تحمل أملاً بفجر جديد لشعوب المنطقة وللعالم. لقد أظهرت الاحتجاجات بشكل واضح أن شعوب المنطقة، كغيرها من شعوب العالم، تسعي لحياه تواكب متطلبات القرن الحادي والعشرين.

   نحن، الموقعون أدناه، نؤكد على البعد الحديث والإنساني لهذه الثورات ونرحب ترحيبا حارا بهذا التطور التاريخي الكبير. ونحن نعارض بشدّة سلب مكتسبات هذه الثورات سواء كان ذلك على يد الحركات الإسلامية أو السياسات العسكريتارية بقيادة امريكا، ونؤيد الدعوة لقيام شرق أوسط وشمال إفريقيا علمانية بارادة المواطنين في المنطقة وخاصة النساء.

   إن العلمانية تمثّل الحد الأدنى من أجل تحقيق حرية ومساواة كل المواطنين، ويشمل ذلك:

     1. فصل الدين عن الدولة فصلاً تاما.

2. إلغاء التشريعات الدينية الخاصة بالأسرة والتشريعات المدنية والجنائية.

3. فصل الدين عن النظام التعليمي.

4. حرية الدين والإلحاد كمعتقدات شخصية.  

5. منع سياسة التمييز الجنسي والحجاب الإجباري.   

PERSIAN

مانیفست برای خاورمیانه- شمال آفریفای سکولار

 

مبارزات سال 88 (2009 میلادی) در ایران و در پی آن "بهار عربی" این ظرفیت را دارد که طلوعی تازه را به مردم منطقه و جهان نوید دهد. اعتراضات به روشنی نشان میدهد که مردم این منطقه، نظیر مردم هر جای دیگر، خواهان یک زندگی قرن بیست و یکمی هستند.

ما امضاء کنندگان زیر بر ابعاد انسانی و مدرن این مبارزات تاکید میگذاریم و با تمام وجود از این تحول عظیم تاریخی استقبال میکنیم. ما قاطعانه مخالفت خود را با مصادره این انقلابات و مبارزات توسط اسلام گرایی و یا  میلیتاریسم (دولتی) تحت رهبری آمریکا اعلام میداریم و از فراخوان "یک خاورمیانه و شمال آفریقای آزاد و سکولار" حمایت میکنیم که توسط شهروندان این منطقه  بویژه زنان مطرح شده است.

سکولاریسم  پیش شرط حداقل برای آزادی و برابری همه شهروندان و دربرگیرنده این مفاد است:

  ١-  جدائی کامل مذهب از دولت

  ٢-  الغای قوانین مذهبی در قوانین خانواده، مدنی و جنایی

  ٣-  جدائی مذهب از سیستم آموزش و پرورش

  ٤-  آزادی مذهب و بی مذهبی بعنوان اعتقادات شخصی

  ٥-  ممنوعیت آپارتاید جنسی و حجاب اجباری

SPANISH 

MANIFIESTO POR LA LAICIDAD EN ORIENTE PRÓXIMO Y EN ÁFRICA DEL NORTE

Las protestas de 2009 en Irán y la Primavera Árabe que las siguió podría propiciar un nuevo amanecer para el pueblo de la región y del mundo. Las manifestaciones mostraron claramente que el pueblo en la región, como en todas partes, quiere vivir en el siglo XXI.

Nosotras, las abajo firmantes, subrayamos su dimensión moderna y humana y apoyamos de todo nuestro corazón este inmenso cambio histórico. Nos oponemos vehemente a que sea desviado por el islamismo o por la militarización bajo la égida de los Estados Unidos y reiteramos el llamamiento por un Oriente Próximo y una África del Norte libres y laicos, promovido por los ciudadanos y en particular las mujeres de la región.

La laicidad es el prerrequisito mínimo para asegurar la libertad y la igualdad de todos los ciudadanos y esto incluye:

1. la total separación de la religión y el estado

2. la abolición de las leyes religiosas en el código de la familia, civil y penal.

3. la separación de la religión y del sistema de educación.

4. la libertad de religión y de ateísmo, definidos como creencias personales.

5. la prohibición del apartheid sexual y del velo obligatorio.

 

 

 

 

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      Maryam Namazie
      Petition Organizer

      Hello

      Thank you for signing the manifesto to defend a free and secular Middle East and North Africa.

      More than 2,00 people have signed on to it including Women Living Under Muslims Laws, Egyptian blogger Aliaa Magda Elmahdy, Writer Salman Rushdie, European Women’s Lobby, and the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan (RAWA).

      As you know, though, our goal is to reach 100,000 signatures and we need more support so it would be great if you could forward information on the petition to people you know.

      Thanks for your support.

      Warm wishes
      Maryam Namazie, Marieme Helie Lucas and Nahla Mahmoud

    3. Reached 2,000 signatures

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    • Racheal Baghaei GOLDEN, CO
      • about 1 month ago

      I believe in the freedom of choice and not persecuting innocent citizens.

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    • Oliver Sayeed OXFORD, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 3 months ago

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    • chaymae khebouiz TéTOUAN, MOROCCO
      • 4 months ago

      because i'm not Muslim and i want my rights as a citizen in my country.

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    • siham chitaoui TéTOUAN, MOROCCO
      • 4 months ago

      je suis activiste et je militte pour les libertés individuelles et la laicité, je suis marginalisée dans mon pays dit musulmans ou nous n'avons pas de lois civiles mais sauf des lois religieuses, cette cause est plus qu'importante pour moi

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    • chantal thomas RENNES, FL
      • 4 months ago

      non à toute dictature et bourrage de cranes

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