In the News: CEMB announces fundraising for an Ex-Muslim Refuge

Help us establish first ex-Muslim refuge in world, Maryam Namazie, CEMB, 2019-10-28.

Apostasy Is Not A Crime
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We at Council of Ex Muslims of Britain (CEMB) are raising funds for the first emergency shelter for ex-Muslims in order to provide accommodation and support in the UK to those at serious risk to their lives because of their apostasy from Islam.

Would you be willing and able to help with this life-saving refuge?

As you know, apostasy from Islam can result in the death penalty in a dozen countries in the world causing many to flee. In Britain, ex-Muslims can face honour-based violence, forced marriages, exorcisms, ostracization, shunning, homelessness, self-harming, suicide and more.

Some of the 600 ex-Muslims who are supported by our organisation every month are in need of emergency accommodation after having been made homeless by their families or because they have been forced to escape in order to save their lives. In the cases of young people under the age of 16, even though it may be difficult, CEMB can ensure they are rehoused appropriately. However, in cases where the young person is over the age of 16, they have been left to fend for themselves, with little to no support, particularly in light of severe cuts in public services and refuge spaces.

Until now, CEMB has been forced to provide limited emergency accommodation at hotels, which is neither practical nor cost-effective. With your support, CEMB hopes to provide a long-term and safe solution for those at greatest risk by establishing the first ex-Muslim refuge in the world.

Purchase of a building, as well as maintenance and utilities, will cost £300,000. Whilst we realise this is an insurmountable amount, any money raised in our crowdfunding for a refuge will be used to provide emergency accommodation and support to those at greatest risk with the aim of working towards the first permanent refuge for ex-Muslims.

Please help if you can. Tell friends and family to support this important cause. Hold a fundraiser for us to raise some of the money if you can. It could be anything from cake sales to spaghetti dinners to raise the much-needed funds. You can send your donations to our crowdfunding page:

Whilst we know this is wishful thinking, if you have a building or apartment you would like to donate – temporarily even – please get in touch with

Thank you for all your support, including in the past. We couldn’t have come this far without you and hope we can continue to provide support and assistance to many more in the years to come.

Warmest wishes

Maryam Namazie, Spokesperson, CEMB

An excellent initiative from the Council of Ex Muslims of Britain (CEMB).

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