22.-23.7.2017 / London: International Conference on Freedom of Conscience and Expression in the 21st Century

International Conference on Freedom of Conscience and Expression in the 21st Century
Saturday and Sunday 22-23 July 2017
Central London, UK


Join notable free-thinkers from around the world at a spectacular venue in central London for a weekend of discussions and debates on freedom of conscience and expression in the 21st century.

The exciting two-day conference will be a follow up to the historic 2014 International Conference on the Religious-Right, Secularism and Civil Rights and will discuss censorship and blasphemy laws, freedom of and from religion, apostasy, the limits of religion’s role in society, LGBT and women’s rights, secular values and more.

Confirmed Distinguished Speakers:
A C Grayling, Philosopher
Ali A. Rizvi, Pakistani-Canadian Writer, Physician and Musician
Aliaa Magda Elmahdy, Egyptian Feminist Activist
Alya Al-Sultani, British-Iraqi Vocalist and Composer
Annie Laurie Gaylor, Co-President of the Freedom From Religion Foundation
Benjamin David, Editor-in-Chief of Conatus News
Bonya Ahmed, Activist, Writer and Blogger at Muktomona
Cemal Knudsen Yucel, Co-Founder and Chair of Ex-Muslims of Norway
Chris Moos, Secular Activist
Clive Aruede, Co-Founder of London Black Atheists
Dan Barker, Co-President of the Freedom From Religion Foundation
Dave Silverman, President of American Atheists
Deeyah Khan, Filmmaker
Djemila Benhabib, Author and Activist
Elham Manea, Yemeni-born Author and Human Rights Campaigner
Faisal Saeed Al Mutar, Iraqi Founder of Global Secular Humanist Movement
Fariborz Pooya, Bread and Roses TV Host
Fauzia Ilyas, Founder of Atheist & Agnostic Alliance Pakistan
Gina Khan, One Law for All Spokesperson
Gita Sahgal, Director of Centre for Secular Space
Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti, Award-winning Playwright
Halima Begum, Ex-Muslim Feminist Researcher and Blogger
Houzan Mahmoud, Culture Project Co-Founder
Ibrahim Abdullah, Founder of Muslim-ish
Imad Iddine Habib, Founder of Council of Ex-Muslims of Morocco
Inna Shevchenko, FEMEN Leader
Iram Ramzan, Journalist and Founder of Sedaa
Ismail Mohamed, Egyptian Atheist and Founder of Black Ducks Talk Show
Jane Donnelly, Atheist Ireland’s Human Rights Officer
Jodie Ginsberg, CEO of Index on Censorship
Karrar D. Al Asfoor, Co-founder of Atheist Alliance Middle East and North Africa
Kate Smurthwaite, Comedian
Kenan Malik, Author and Broadcaster
Kiran Opal, Socialist, Feminist, Ex-Muslim Writer and Activist
Lawrence M Krauss, American Theoretical Physicist and Cosmologist
Lola Tinubu , Co-founder of the London Black Atheists
Maajid Nawaz, Founding Chairman of Quilliam Foundation
Marieme Helie Lucas, Algerian Sociologist and Founder of Secularism is a Women’s Issue
Mario Ramadan, Freethought Lebanon
Maryam Namazie, Iranian/British Rights Campaigner
Michael Nugent, Chairperson of Atheist Ireland
Nadia El Fani, Tunisian Filmmaker
Nahla Mahmoud, Sudanese Activist
Nasreen Rehman, Co-Founder and Chair of British Muslims for Secular Democracy
Nina Sankari, Polish Secular Activist
Peter Tatchell, Human Rights Campaigner
Pragna Patel, Director of Southall Black Sisters
Rayhana Sultan, Bangladeshi Spokesperson of Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain
Richard Dawkins, Author and Scientist (subject to availability)
Sanal Edamaruku, Founder and President of Rationalist International
Sarah Peace, Nigerian Artist and Director of Fireproof Library
Shelley Segal, Singer/Songwriter
Tasneem Khalil, Swedish-Bangladeshi Journalist and Editor of Independent World Report
Usama al-Binni, Arab Atheists Network Activist
Waleed Al Husseini, Palestinian Writer and Founder of Council of Ex-Muslims of France
Yasmin Rehman, Women’s Rights Campaigner
Zehra Pala, Activist of Atheism Association of Turkey
Zineb El Rhazoui, Moroccan-born Columnist for Charlie Hebdo


Tickets for the conference cost £230 unwaged; £260 waged; £350 organisations. The cost covers an exciting number of speakers and entertainment, lunch, refreshments and cocktail parties on both days as well as a delicious dinner on Sunday evening in the company of speakers.

Tickets for attending either Saturday or Sunday day conference including lunch, refreshments and a cocktail party costs £85. Tickets for attending the dinner only on Sunday night will be £90. All tickets must be purchased beforehand. No tickets will be sold at the door.

Organisations/vendors can book stalls for the two-day conference for a flat rate of £500.

For more information, contact Maryam Namazie, m.namazie@onelawforall.org.uk.

The conference organisers are One Law for All and Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain.

Sponsors include Bread and Roses TVFitnahNational Secular SocietyRichard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science; and Secularism is a Women’s Issue.