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Kurdish secular writer 'Marywan Halabjaye' under threat
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Sulaimaniyah: Kurdish secular writer 'Marywan
Halabjaye' under threat
By Bill Weinberg
Kurdish Authorities in Kurdistan-Iraq
Campaign to defend the life
and safety of Marywan Halabjaye
Defend this secular writer against the threats of
Islamists in Iraqi Kurdistan!
Marywan Halabjaye is secular Kurdish write who
recently published a Book entitled Sex, Sharia and
Women in the History of Islam. In this book he
discussed the status of women in Islam and according
to the text of the Quran. The book has received an
overwhelming response from the secular, progressive
masses of Kurdistan.
Three of Kurdistan's Islamic parties, the United
Islamic Party, the Islamic League and the Islamic
Movement, have started to threaten Marywan Halabjaye
and mobilise the Kurdish media against him and his
book. They have filed a complaint against the writer
in a Sulaimaniyah court and are using mosques in
many towns and villages to provoke people against
This is part of the ongoing drive of political Islam
to attack freedom of expression across the world and
silence the voices of those who are critical of the
treatment of women in Islam. It is our task to
defend the right of secular, progressive and
enlightened writers and thinkers to express their
ideas and thoughts without fear or intimidation.
We the undersigned condemn the reactionary attack on
Marywan Halabjaee and secularism in Kurdistan and
argue strongly for the Kurdish authorities to:
- Provide unconditional protection for Marywan and
his family, who are now in hiding.
- Guarantee protection of freedom of thought,
expression and Association in Kurdistan.
Organisation of Women's Freedom in Iraq - UK Branch
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