Kareem Amer is an Egyptian blogger who had the courage to question his government & has been imprisoned for 4 years for exercising his right to free speech.
from the website www.freekareem.org:
Who is Kareem Amer?
Abdul Kareem Nabeel Suleiman, better known by his Internet pseudonym Kareem Amer, is a 22-year-old native of Alexandria, Egypt. He grew up in a very religious family and attended the Al-Azhar religious school system his entire life. He began to rebel against the religious extremism he perceived in his school and began to express his opinions on a blog and Modern Discussion. When the Al-Azhar administration discovered his blog in late 2005, he was expelled from the school and his case was referred to state prosecutors. On February 22, 2007, Kareem was sentenced to four years in prison: three years for ‘contempt of religion’, and one year for ‘defaming the President of Egypt’. An appeal court in mid-March upheld the four-year prison sentence against him, and the judge approved a civil claim filed by the eleven lawyers who want to fine Kareem for ‘insulting Islam’. Kareem’s lawyers will apply for the Court of Cassation (third degree).
On his blog, Kareem describes himself as:
I am down to earth Law student; I look forward to help humanity against all form of discriminations… I am looking forward to open up my own human rights activists Law firm, which will include other lawyers who share the same views. Our main goal is to defend the rights of Muslim and Arabic women against all form of discrimination and to stop violent crimes committed on a daily basis in these countries.
Please join us this Friday in front of the
Egyptian Embassy in Berlin to protest this infringement
of human rights and freedom of speech!
Date: Friday, November 9, 2007
Place: Egyptian Embassy Berlin, Stauffenbergstraße 6
GETTING KAREEM FREED. an article by Tom Palmer of the CATO institute