International Day to Defend Apostates and Blasphemers

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Countless individuals face threats, imprisonment, and execution because of their criticism of Islam and Islamism or for leaving Islam. Blasphemy laws in over 30 countries and apostasy laws in over 20 aim primarily to restrict thought, expression and the rights of Muslims, ex-Muslims and non-Muslims alike.

On 14 March 2013, we, the undersigned, call for an international day of action to defend apostates and blasphemers worldwide by highlighting ten cases though there are countless more.

Alex Aan, Indonesia: 30 year old atheist, in prison for blasphemy for saying there is no god on Facebook. Sign Petition Here.

Turki Al Ahmad, Saudi Arabia: Novelist in prison for Tweets critical of Islam and Islamism:

Write Letter Here!

Abdul Aziz Mohammed Al-Baz (also known as Ben Baz), Kuwait: Blogger and atheist charged with blasphemy.  Support him here.

Raif Badawi, Saudi Arabia: Charged with apostasy for setting up a website that “harms the public order and violates Islamic values”. Sign Petition.

Hamza Kashgari, Saudi Arabia: 23 year old charged with blasphemy for Tweeting about Mohammad and women’s status. Sign Petition Here and Here.

Saeed Malekpour, Iran: sentenced to death for ‘insulting and desecrating Islam’. Join Free Saeed Malekpour Facebook Page Here.

Shahin Najafi, Iran:  A death fatwa has been issued by Iranian clerics against Shahin Najafi living in Germany for apostasy for a song critical of an imam.  Support Shahin Here.

Ahmad Rajib, Bangladesh:  The well-known 35 year old atheist blogger had his head hacked apart with a machete one day after attending anti-Islamist protests in Bangladesh.

Alber Saber, Egypt: The blogger has been sentenced to three years in prison for blasphemy.

Support Him Here.

Asia Bibi, Pakistan: 45 year old mother of five, sentenced to death for blasphemy for ‘insulting Mohammad’. Sign Petition Here.

We urge the public to mark this day by taking action in support of the many women, men and even children languishing in prison or on death row.

We must never forget them.

Take action on 14 March to highlight the intolerable situation, including by Tweeting, signing a petition, writing a letter of protest, drawing a picture, taking a photo, making a video – anything at all to defend free expression and thought and the many whose lives are at stake.

Written By: Maryam Namazie
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5 COMMENTS

  1. They say blasphemy and apostacy are victimless crimes but these cases highlight the fact that there are victims. The so called ‘perpetrators’ are the victims. Victims of asinine governments who think that harmless speech warrants criminality.

    • RC I think it’s important to remember that in the places that have these laws it’s not foolish governments worried about harmless expression. It’s dictatorships and theocracies oppressing and controlling their people every-way they can.

      The North Koreans don’t really have anything to worry about from the US but it’s beneficial for the heavenly leader if everyone thinks they do! Again it’s about control and that certainly means speech. “Blasphemy as a victimless crime” only applies in civilization.

      In reply to #2 by RationalConclusion:

      They say blasphemy and apostacy are victimless crimes but these cases highlight the fact that there are victims. The so called ‘perpetrators’ are the victims. Victims of asinine governments who think that harmless speech warrants criminality.

  2. I think what we need is an international equivalent of ACLU. Atheists don’t have a nation state that stands up for them in the UN – like the vatican and the catholics, India and the hindus, middle east and the muslims, Israel/US and the jews. We need a nation state to represent us.

    We may not share a common racial identity, cultural identity, language and tradition, but we do, for most part, share something that is far more homogenous than any other group. We share our value for truth.

    Pravda vítězí & सत्यमेव जयते|

    (Truth Alone Triumphs)

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