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Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Syrian Bloggers: Free Kareem

We, as a community of Syrian bloggers, condemn the arrest and sentencing of Egyptian blogger Abdel Kareem Nabil Soliman for the peaceful expression of his dissenting views. We ask the Egyptian government to reconsider its decision to arrest and prosecute Abdel Kareem. The stated reasons for their action include the preservation of the public peace and state security, and the prevention of incitement against Islam. We contend that his arrest will achieve neither. Silencing such dissenting voices as Abdel Kareem’s, serves only to strengthen the hands of extremists who will not shy away from violence to achieve their goals. Moreover, we remind the Egyptian government that his arrest and prosecution violates at least two articles (see below) of the 1948 United Nations universal declaration of human rights to which Egypt was a signatory.

Relevant United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights articles:

Article 18. Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance.

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.
Such rights for freedom of expression are also enshrined in the 1990 Cairo Declaration on Human Rights in Islam and the 2003 Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the World's religions.

Signed by,


Blogger Syrian in London said...

Hello Yazan, can you open an online patition for all of us to sign?

February 27, 2007 5:49 PM

Blogger Yazan said...


u can sign the original potition on FreeKareem.com

this one is just to show syrian bloggers solidarity, if u decide to join just repost this post, an leave me a comment so i`d add u to the list.

March 01, 2007 12:13 PM

Blogger Abu Kareem said...


Thanks for your support. You can add Philip I to your list.

March 01, 2007 1:17 PM

Blogger Yazan said...

thank you abu kareem

I added Philip I

March 01, 2007 3:19 PM

Blogger Syrian in London said...

Thanks Yazan, Please add me to the list.

March 01, 2007 5:27 PM

Blogger Syrian in London said...

Just a quick note, it's freekareem.org


March 01, 2007 5:34 PM

Blogger Yazan said...

Thanx syrian、

March 01, 2007 5:44 PM


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