Det gjelder ikke alle. I Egypt sitter en blogger og venter på sin dom som faller torsdag. Han risikerer 11 års fengsel. Det må man være morder for å oppnå i Norge.
Bloggeren Kareem Amer, eller Abdul Kareem Suleiman Amer, som er hans virkelige navn har begått uhyrligheter som å forlange at kvinner og menn behandles likt. Han skal ha fornærmet egypts president Mubarak og uttrykt krav om at ytringsfrihet bør respekteres. I tillegg til at han mener at islamsk ekstremisme skader det egyptiske samfunnet.
For disse grove forbrytelser kan altså Kareem vente 11 års fengsel. Ikke på Ullersmo, men i et fengsel med egyptisk standard.
Hans far krever at sønnen dømmes i henhold til sharia-lover. Det innebærer at om han ikke innen 3 dager angrer sine uttalelser, bør han dø! Stammen vedkjenner seg ikke eplet.
Denne uretten må ikke vi bloggere akseptere. Jeg følger derfor oppfordringen fra Jan Arild Snoen og sender utfordringen videre. Blogg om Kareem. Les mer om aksjonen som er i gang på: www.freekareem.org
Jeg oppfordrer også flest mulig til å sende en mail til Egypts ambassadør i Norge. Jeg har akkurat gjort det og har forslag til følgende tekst (som forøvrig er hentet fra http://www.petitiononline.com/KAmer/
Jeg har også lagt ut tilsvarende på opprop.no
Oppdatert: Kareem er dømt til 4 års fengsel!!!
Send mailen til: firstname.lastname@example.org
To the Egyptian ambassador to Norway, H. E. Mr. Waguih Hanafi
I, the undersigned, are deeply concerned for 22-year-old Egyptian blogger and former law student Abdul Kareem Nabeel Suleiman (better known by his Internet pseudonym, Kareem Amer), who faces up to nine years in prison if convicted for personal opinions he expressed on his Weblog ( http://karam903.blogspot.com/ ).
As you are probably aware, Mr. Amer has been arrested twice, and is currently detained and charged with “spreading information and malicious rumors that disrupt public security”, “defaming the president of Egypt”, “incitement to overthrow the regime based upon hatred and contempt”, “incitement to hate ‘Islam’ and to breach public peace standards”, and “highlighting inappropriate issues that harm the reputation of Egypt and spreading these publicly”.
The interrogation process has allegedly involved certain irregularities by the Public Prosecutor's Office, according to the human rights lawyer of The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information who represented Kareem Amer before the Prosecutor. The observed irregularities include the illegal attendance of three interrogators, their laughing at Kareem Amer while interrogating him, and their addressing unwarranted questions to him, such as “Do you fast during Ramadan?”, and “Do you practice prayer?”.
The Public Prosecutor informed Kareem Amer that if he did not abandon his views, even though personal, he may be imprisoned. Nevertheless, Mr. Amer insisted on his right to freedom of expression, and was consequently detained pending investigation. His detention was renewed four times before his trial opened in an Alexandria court in January 25, 2007. The trial was adjourned to February 1, 2007, during which the judge is expected to rule on the case.
Mr. Amer's detention is considered a violation of his right to hold opinions without interference, which is stipulated in the Egyptian constitution.
Moreover, Egypt has been a signatory to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) since 1982. Article 19 of the ICCPR states that:
Article 19 (1): “Everyone shall have the right to hold opinions without interference.”
Article 19 (2): “Everyone shall have the right to freedom of expression; this right shall include freedom to seek, receive and impart information and ideas of all kinds, regardless of frontiers, either orally, in writing or in print, in the form of art, or through any other media of his choice.”
Furthermore, Articles 18 and 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UNDHR), adopted by the UN General Assembly on 10 December 1948, state that:
Article 18: "Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change religion or belief, the freedom to manifest religion or belief in worship, observance, practice, and teaching either alone or in community with others and in public or private."
Article 19: "Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers."
Because the rights to freedom of thought and freedom of expression are basic human rights that should never be undermined, and in light of the aforementioned international law articles:
We, the undersigned individuals, call upon the Egyptian government to honor its commitments to the ICCPR and the UNDHR;
We appeal to the Egyptian government to immediately drop charges against Kareem Amer for his personal online writings;
We urge the Egyptian government to release Kareem Amer without delay, protect him against more harassment, and guarantee his right to freedom of expression; and
We appeal to the Egyptian government to amend Egyptian laws that contradict the individual’s right to free expression under international law.