We, the undersigned ex-Muslim, atheist, secularist and freethought organisations, have joined together to politically sponsor the well-known Iranian atheist and ex-Muslim Soheil Arabi, who was re-arrested from his home on 2 January 2023 by the Islamic Republic of Iran’s security forces.
Sources have informed us that he was violently beaten during the arrest, denied much-needed medicine and moved to an unknown location.
We are extremely concerned about his well-being given the increased risk of execution for many protestors and critics in an effort to quell the revolutionary uprising since the murder of Mahsa Jina Amini. As a long-term political prisoner previously on death row, Soheil’s life is at grave risk.
A political sponsorship system has proven effective in protecting Iranian political prisoners. As Soheil Arabi’s political sponsors, we will continue to advocate and mobilize support and solidarity for him and put pressure on the Islamic regime of Iran to free him immediately and unconditionally.
We encourage all of you reading to help raise awareness. Not only on social media, but by writing to your elected officials for them to participate in the political sponsorship of Soheil Arabi. Here’s a sample letter template you can use to get started. We hope you’ll join the campaign by sending just one letter to an elected official. You can make a difference.
Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain
Arab Humanists USA
Ateizm Dernegi (Association of Atheism, Turkey)
Ateizm Dernegi International Foundation
Atheist Refugee Relief
Bread and Roses TV
Center for Inquiry
Center for Inquiry Canada
Central Committee of Ex-Muslims in Scandinavia
Centre for Civic Courage, Croatia
Council of Ex-Muslims of Germany
Council of Ex-Muslims of Singapore
Council of Ex-Muslims of Sri Lanka
Ex-Muslims of Netherlands
Ex-Muslims Of Norway
Ex-Muslims of Toronto
Freedom From Religion Foundation
Giordano Bruno Foundation
Inara association of Tunisian atheists and freethinkers
Indian Rationalist Association
International League of Non-Religious and Atheists
Kazimierz Lyszczynski Foundation
Kent Community Secular Alliance
Livonia Arabic Salon
National Secular Society
One Law for All
Peter Tatchell Foundation
Quebec Humanist Association
Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason & Science
Secular Connexion Séculière
Secular Underground Network, a project of the Fix Foundation
Secularism is a Women’s Issue
Southall Black Sisters
For more information contact Sohail Ahmad, Ex-Muslims of Toronto, at email@example.com.
UPDATED JAN 9, 2023: Now includes a link to a sample letter template for sending to elected officials.