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Free Hamza Kashgari


20 février 2012

On 12 February, Malaysian police deported 23 year old Saudi columnist Hamza Kashgari, who fled Saudi Arabia after making comments on Twitter claimed by some to be "insulting" to the prophet Muhammad. There have been widespread calls from Islamists for his execution ; in Saudi Arabia, blasphemy is punishable by death.

Theocratic regimes like Saudi Arabia will not tolerate the most basic freedom of thought and expression. We defend the right of everyone in the world to freely express their views, including to criticise religion. We condemn the Malaysian government for detaining Kashgari who had fled the country and handing him over to the Saudi authorities. We are also concerned to learn of reports that INTERPOL may have promulgated a Saudi government warrant for his arrest. The implications of this mean that no asylum seeker or refugee is free from persecution even after having fled.

We demand that the Saudi authorities immediately and unconditionally release Kashgari. He has not committed any crime.

Initial Signatures :

  • Yanar Mohammed, President of Organisation of Women’s Freedom in Iraq, Iraq
  • Houzan Mahmoud, Kurdish Women’s Rights Activist from Iraq, UK/Iraq
  • Maryam Namazie, Spokesperson, One Law for All and Equal Rights Now – Organisation against Women’s Discrimination in Iran, UK
  • A C Grayling, Philosopher, UK
  • Ahlam Akram, Palestinian Peace and Human Rights Writer and Campaigner, Palestine/UK
  • Akram Nadir, Union Organizer in Iraq and Kurdistan, Iraq
  • Akram Zaki, Engineer, Iraq
  • Ali Salam Amil, Norway
  • Alison Brown, Alliance for Workers Liberty, UK
  • Alom Shaha, Writer, UK
  • Annie Sugier, Cofounder of the League of Women’s International Rights, France
  • Ariane Brunet, co-founder, Urgent Action Fund, USA
  • Caroline Fourest, Writer, Editor-in-Chief of ProChoix, France
  • Charles Pottins, Jewish Socialists’ Group, UK
  • Daniel Salvatore Schiffer, Philosopher, Writer, France
  • Eli Vieira Araujo Júnior, President, Secular Humanist League of Brazil, Brazil
  • Evan Darraji, Writer & Artist, Iraq
  • Evan Siegel, Translator
  • Evelyne Accad, Academic
  • Fariborz Pooya, Iranian Secular Society, UK
  • Faris Alkamil, Writer and Journalist, Iraq
  • Farzana Hassan, Author, Canada
  • Ghanim Alotaibi, Kuwait
  • Gita Sahgal, Executive Director, Centre for Secular Space, UK
  • Glyn Harries, Hackney Community and Trade Union Activist, UK
  • Gona Saed, Women’s Rights Activist, UK
  • Hameeda Hossain, Women’s Rights Activist, Bangladesh
  • Harem Karem, Editor of Kurdistan Tribune
  • Harry Kroto, Professor of Chemistry, Nobel Prize Winner, USA/UK
  • Hassan Radwan, Trustee, Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain, UK
  • Ibn Warraq, Writer, USA
  • Intisar Khalil, Canada
  • Joan Smith, Columnist, UK
  • Joanne Royston, Abolition UK, UK
  • Julie Bindel, Writer, UK
  • Laura Guidetti, Marea Review, Italy
  • Leo Igwe, Founder, Nigerian Humanist Society, Nigeria
  • Lilian Halls French, Co-President, IFE-EFI, France
  • Maria Arvantiti Sotiropoulou, Author and President of the Greek Affiliate of IPPNW
  • Maria Hagberg, International Women’s Rights Activist, Iraq/Sweden
  • Marieme Helie Lucas, Coordinator, Secularism is a Women’s Issue, France
  • Mark Osborn, Alliance for Workers Liberty, UK
  • Mazin AlYasery, Journalist
  • Meghna Guhathakurta, Researcher, Bangladesh
  • Meredith Tax, US Director, Centre for Secular Space, USA
  • Mina Ahadi, International Committee against Stoning, Germany
  • Nick Doody, Comedian, UK
  • Nicola Stott, Centre for Women’s Studies, York, UK
  • Nicolas Dessaux, Solidarité Irak, France
  • Ophelia Benson, Writer and Blogger, USA
  • Patrick Smith, University College Union, UK
  • Patty Debonitas, Iran Solidarity, UK
  • Peter Tatchell, Human Rights Campaigner, UK
  • Polly Toynbee, Writer, UK
  • Pragna Patel, Founder, Southall Black Sisters, UK
  • Rafid Hamady, Iraq
  • Rafiq Mahmood, Writer, Indonesia
  • Rahila Gupta, Writer, UK
  • Rega Rauf, Writer and Women’s Rights Activist, Sweden
  • Richard Dawkins, Scientist, UK
  • Roberto Malini, writer, Co-President, EveryOne Group, Italy
  • Ronald A. Lindsay, Chief Executive Officer, Center for Free Inquiry, USA
  • Roy Brown, International Humanist and Ethical Union, UK
  • Russell Blackford, Philosopher and Writer, Australia
  • Sacha Ismael, Alliance for Workers Liberty, UK
  • Saeed Arman, International Organisation of Iranian Refugees, UK
  • Salman Rushdie, Writer, UK
  • Sam Mahmoud, Designer
  • Shabana Rehman, Comedian, Norway
  • Shahla Nouri, Women´s Rights Activist from Iran, Sweden
  • Soad Baba Aissa, Feminist Activist for Laïcity, France
  • Stasa Zajovic, Women in Black of Belgrade and Serbian Network, Serbia
  • Stéphane Julien, Solidarité Irak, France
  • Tarek Fateh, Writer, Canada
  • Tauriq Moosa, Writer, South Africa
  • Terry Sanderson, President, National Secular Society, UK
  • Xulfi Marxis, Activist
  • Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, Writer, UK