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Egyptian Government: Free Sherif Gaber

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Egyptian Government: Free Sherif Gaber
  
  

 


Why this is important

News reports state that Egyptian Atheist and blogger Sherif Gaber - who was arrested at Cairo airport whilst trying to leave Egypt on 2 May - is being prosecuted for "wanting to overthrow the Egyptian regime" with 27 others, including bloggers Waël Abbas and Chadi Abouzeid. The prosecutions are a continuation of arrests of opponents and civil society activists.

Gaber is a long time activist who has been harassed and imprisoned for blasphemy and defending the LGBT community and promoting science and atheism over many years.

Since his arrest, despite announcements on social media that he had been released, activists have been concerned that he has not been seen in public since 2 May. They are concerned about his whereabouts and wellbeing.

The news reports state that the government has accused the 28 of "wanting to undermine the Constitution, laws and national unity, as well as spreading false news in Egypt and abroad with the intention of harming national and economic interests." In fact, nothing harms the interests of Egypt more than persecuting people for the mere exercise of their freedom of conscience and expression.

We remind the Egyptian government that criticising religion, God and the state are part and parcel of the right to free expression and conscience and that atheism, apostasy and blasphemy are not crimes. Moreover, we demand that Gaber and others detained for the exercise of their free expression be immediately and unconditionally released.

#FreeSherifGaber #AtheismNotACrime #BlasphemyNotACrime #ApostasyNotACrime

ARABIC

تشير تقارير إخبارية إلى أن الملحد المصري والمدون شريف جابر - الذي اعتقل في مطار القاهرة أثناء محاولته مغادرة مصر يوم الثاني من مايو - تتم مقاضاته بتهمة "التآمر للإطاحة بالنظام المصري" مع ٢٧ آخرين، من بينهم المدونين وائل عباس و شادي أبوزيد. هذه الملاحقات القضائية هي استمرار لمسلسل الإعتقالات التي تستهدف المعارضين ونشطاء المجتمع المدني في مصر.
جابر شريف ناشط فاعل، تعرض للمضايقة و السجن بسبب إزدرائه للأديان و الدفاع عن المثليين جنسيا و نشر العلم و الإلحاد على مدى سنوات عديدة.
منذ إعتقاله في الثاني من مايو، و على الرغم من
مما أشيع على وسائل التواصل الاجتماعي على أنه قد تم إطلاق سراحه،يشعر نشطاء و فاعلون بالقلق من أنه لم يظهر علنا منذ اعتقاله، و هم قلقون حول مكان وجوده و سلامته الشخصية.
و أفادت التقارير الإخبارية أن الحكومة إتهمت ال٢٨ معتقلا "بالرغبة في تقويض الدستور و القوانين و الوحدة الوطنية ، بالإضافة لنشر أخبار كاذبة في مصر و الخارج بهدف إيذاء المصالح الوطنية و الإقتصادية". في الواقع ، لا شيء يضر بمصالح مصر أكثر من اضطهاد الناس لمجرد ممارسة حرية الفكر و التعبير.
نذكّر الحكومة المصرية بأن إنتقاد الأديان و الآلهة والدولة جزء لا يتجزأ من الحق المكفول دوليا في حرية الفكر و التعبير، وأن الإلحاد و الردة و الكفر ليسوا بجرائم. علاوة على هذا، نطالب بإطلاق سراح جابر وغيره من المعتقلين لممارستهم حرية التعبير فوراً و دون قيد أو شرط.
#الحرية_لشريف_جابر
#الإلحاد_ليس_بجريمة
# إزدراء _الأديان_ليس_بجريمة
#الردة_ليست_بجريمة

FRENCH

Selon des rapports de presse, Sherif Gaber, un athée et blogueur Égyptien -arrêté à l'aéroport du Caire alors qu'il tentait de quitter l'Egypte le 2 mai dérnier- est poursuivi pour "vouloir renverser le régime égyptien" avec 27 autres personnes, dont les blogueurs Waël Abbas et Chadi Abouzeid. Les poursuites contre ce groupe s’inscrivent dans le cadre d’une récente vague d’arrestations d’opposants et de membres de la société civile.

Gaber est un militant de longue date qui a été harcelé et emprisonné pour blasphème et sa défence de la communauté LGBT ainsi que promouvoir la science et l'athéisme pendant de nombreuses années.

Depuis son arrestation, et malgré des annonces sur les médias sociaux selon lesquelles il avait été libéré, des militants et activistes sont concérnés par le fait qu'il n'ait pas été vu en public depuis le 2 mai. Ils sont préoccupés par son sort et son bien-être.

Les rapports de presse affirment que le gouvernement a accusé le 28 "d'avoir voulu porter atteinte à la Constitution, aux lois et à l’unité nationale, ainsi que d’avoir, entre autres, diffusé de fausses nouvelles en Egypte et à l’étranger dans l’intention de nuire aux intérêts nationaux et économiques du pays". En fait, rien ne nuit plus aux intérêts de l'Égypte que de persécuter des gens pour leur simple exercice de leur liberté de conscience et d'expression.

Nous rappelons au gouvernement égyptien que la critiquee de la religion, divinité et l'État font partie intégrante du droit à la liberté d'expression et de conscience et que l'athéisme, l'apostasie et le blasphème ne sont pas des crimes. En outre, nous demandons que Gaber et les autres détenus pour l'exercice de leur liberté d'expression soient immédiatement libérés sans conditions.

Initial Signatories
Armin Navabi, Founder of Atheist Republic
Cemal Knudsen Yucel, Founder and Leader, Ex-Muslims Of Norway
Djemila Benhabib, Writer
Faisal Saeed Al Mutar, Global Secular Humanist Movement
Fariborz Pooya, Producer, Bread and Roses TV
Hanifullah Wais, Human Rights Defender and Civil Society Activist
Ibrahim Abdallah, Founder, Muslimish
Imad Iddine Habib, Founder of Council of Ex-Muslims of Morocco and Spokesperson, Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain
Ismail Mohamed, Founder of Black Ducks Talk Show
Jimmy Bangash, Spokesperson, Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain
Karrar Al Asfoor, Forum for Humanitarian Dialog, Atheist Alliance Middle East and North Africa
Marieme Helie Lucas, Founder of Secularism is a Women's Issue
Maryam Namazie, Spokesperson, Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain and One Law for All
Mazen Abou Hamdan, Freethought Lebanon
Mohammed Alkhadra, Founder of Jordanian Atheists and Council of Ex-Muslims of Jordan
Muhammad Syed, President, Ex-Muslims of North America
Nacer Amari, Representative, Association of Freethinkers in Tunisia
Nadia ElFani, Filmmaker
Rana Ahmad, Writer
Sadia Hameed, Spokesperson, Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain
Sami Ab., Co-founder, Freethought Lebanon
Sarah Haider, Executive Director, Ex-Muslims of North America
Taslima Nasrin, Writer
Usama al-Binni, Arab Atheists Network
Waleed Al-Husseini, Founder, Council of Ex-Muslims of France
Wissam Charafeddine, Chairman, Institute for Religious Studies, Humanities, and Dialogue
Zayir Hameed, Council of Ex-Muslims of Sri Lanka
Albert Beale, Pacifist Activist
Annie Laurie Gaylor, Co-President, Freedom from Religion Foundation
Beatrix Campbell, Writer
Cinzia Sciuto, Editor of MicroMega
David Rand, President, Libres penseurs athées - Atheist Freethinkers
Ensaf Haidar, President, Raif Badawi Foundation
Gita Sahgal, Director, Centre for Secular Space
Harsh Kapoor, Founder, South Asia Citizens Web
Hassan Radwan, Agnostic Muslims Blog
Katha Pollitt, Poet and Essayist
Kenan Malik, Writer
Marek Łukaszewicz, President, Kazimierz Łyszczynski Foundation
María Teresa Giménez Barbat, MEP
Monica Lanfranco, Feminist Activist and Journalist
Nina Sankari - Vice President, Kazimierz Łyszczynski Foundation
Pragna Patel, Director, Southall Black Sisters
Rahila Gupta, Journalist and Campaigner
Robyn E. Blumner, President and CEO, Center for Inquiry and Executive Director, Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason & Science
Shelley Segal, Singer/Songwriter
Sikivu Hutchinson, Black Skeptics Los Angeles
Stephen Evans, CEO, National Secular Society
Yasmin Rehman, Women's Rights Activist


Posted June 13, 2018
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