Free Kareem Amer

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We, 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 individuals right to free expression under international law.

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  • Mohammed S
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    • Kareem is a victim of his right to free speech; please release him.
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    • Freedom
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  • Christine
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    • This is injustice. Let free speech be upheld!
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  • Constantino D
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    • "If all mankind minus one were of one opinion, and only one person were of the contrary opinion, mankind would be no more justified in silencing that one person, than he, if he had the power, would be justified in silencing mankind" --J.S. Mill
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  • Esra'a
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    • Support freedom of expression in the Middle East
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    • Bahrain
  • Cristian R
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  • Guillermo Pineda R
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    • Freedom is universal and may one day all humans be able of saying "set us free from oppression!". Kareem is just starting a movement for the sake of Liberty and he is not alone in this cause.
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  • Marнa del Carmen P
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    • We have to live with the era of freedom
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  • Lalith Sankar V
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    • You are a very brave person Kareem.
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  • Dalia Z
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    • Bravo!
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    • Egypt
  • James Michael E
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    • Thank you for your attention in this matter, and all efforts to present -- I fervently believe that a peaceful and just solution can be found for Mr. Amer and all writers of good conscience pursuing the cause of justice in Egypt and the United States.
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  • Alice C
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    • Egypt is one of the most amazing places I have visited. The people were so friendly. Please do not restrict their rights of free speech.
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  • Luis F
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  • Thomas J. M
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    • The world looks to Egypt as a beacon and a sign of hope in its difficult struggle towards ensuring human rights and freedom since World War II. Please consider this case of Kareem Amer in that light: Injustice anywhere is a chalenge to justice everywhere.
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  • Cassondra J
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    • It's only words. The Government can rebut them. The truth will prevail.
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