Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Help us to free Abdelkareem!!!

Abdelkareem Nabil Soliman is a 22-year-old Egyptian blogger who has been arrested by authorities in Alexandria, Egypt.
Abdelkareem first received international attention in early 2006 when he was kicked out of Al Azhar University for posts he wrote on his blog. During that first incident, he was detained by police but eventually released. Despite his first arrest, he has continued to speak his mind on women’s rights, religious freedom, and academic freedom.
On November 6, Abdelkareem was again interrogated over his blogposts. A human rights lawyer from the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information was present to represent Abdelkareem. But the police still decided to arrest him.
Click here -> Please sign the petition <- directed to the relevant Egyptian authorities to demand Abdelkareem’s immediate release.
A ! “FreeKareem.org ! site has been created to act as a central point to disperse information about Kareem’s case.
Thank you very much for supporting the freedom of speech in the Middle East.

4 comments:

Lexcen said...

Kirsten, I am curious as to what Abdelkareem could say that would be so offensive to the government.
If he was critical of the government then I could understand the sensitivity, but womens's rights? I can't see any government other than the Taliban jailing somebody for speaking out on this.
Religious freedom? Again what would the Egyptian government be sensitive about unless he was preaching for tolerance of Judaism?

Hammer said...

It looks like he criticised the muslim riots after the infamous "bomb turban" cartoon was published.

kirsten namskau said...

Lexcen: You know...as in the rest of the world, things get worse...not better. The time I have lived in Egypt, every year get worse than the previous.
Where can I moove in the world??

Maricopa Mark said...

I don't know *anything* about Egyptian law but it sounds like a crock to me (and would to any American).