Freedom for Saudi writer Hamza Kashgari


On 12 February, Malaysian police deported 23 year old Saudi columnist Hamza Kashgari, who fled Saudi Arabia after making comments on Twitter claimed by some to be « insulting » to the prophet Muhammad. There have been widespread calls from Islamists for his execution – and in Saudi Arabia, blasphemy is punishable by death.

Theocratic regimes like Saudi Arabia will not tolerate the most basic freedom of thought and expression. We defend the right of everyone in the world to freely express their views, including to criticise religion. We condemn the Malaysian government for detaining Kashgari who had fled the country and handing him over to the Saudi authorities. We are also concerned to learn that Interpol had issued a warrant for his arrest based on the Saudi government’s request. The implications of this means that no asylum seeker or refugee is free from persecution even after having fled.

We demand that the Saudi authorities immediately and unconditionally release Kashgari. He has not committed any crime.

To join our campaign please sign this statement by sending your or your organisation’s name to:


  • Yanar Mohammed: President of Organisation of Women’s Freedom in Iraq
  • Houzan Mahmoud: Kurdish women’s rights activist from Iraq
  • Maryam Namazie, One Law for All, Rights Campaigner, UK
  • Sacha Ismael: Alliance for Workers Liberty-UK
  • Evan Darraji – writer & artist from Iraq
  • Akram Nadir (Union Organizer in Iraq and Kurdistan)
  • Shahla Nouri: women´s rights activist from Iran
  • Harem Karem – The Editor of Kurdistan Tribune
  • Mazin AlYasery: Journalist
  • Maria Hagberg: International women’s rights activist
  • Mark Osborn: Alliance for Workers Liberty-UK
  • Saeed Arman: International Organisation of Iranian Refugees
  • Evan Siegel, Persian translator
  • Sam Mahmoud – Designer
  • Ali Salam Amil: Norway
  • Intisar Khalil: Canada
  • Patrick Smith, University College Union-UK
  • Stéphane Julien: Solidarité Irak – France
  • Caroline Fourest, Writer, Editor-in-Chief of ProChoix, France
  • Nicolas Dessaux, Solidarité Irak, France
  • Peter Tatchell, Human Rights Campaigner, UK
  • Salman Rushdie, Writer, UK
  • Stasa Zajovic, Women in Black of Belgrade and Serbian Network, Serbia
  • Terry Sanderson, National Secular Society, UK

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3 Réponses to “Freedom for Saudi writer Hamza Kashgari”

  1. lucien Says:

    Here is the final version with many names…..and petition thanks


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  3. * Says:

    Publié dans Solidarity N°234 du 15 février 2012, en page 2:

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