Today is 14 March 2012: International Day of Action to Defend Blasphemers and Apostates

14march12Here is more information on the day and contact details where you can send your protests: Countless individuals face threats, imprisonment, and execution because of their criticism of religion and religious authorities. Blasphemy and Apostasy laws as well as uncodified rules imposed by both state and non-state actors aim primarily to restrict thought and expression and limit the rights of Muslims, ex-Muslims and non-Muslims alike.


Such rules exist in a number of countries including Saudi Arabia, Iran, Egypt, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Jordan, Morocco, Turkey, Yemen, Iraq and elsewhere.


On 14 March 2012, we, the undersigned, are calling for simultaneous events and actions in defence of the critics of religion in order to highlight medieval laws and exert pressure to save the lives of the women and men facing execution, imprisonment or threats.


Whilst there are countless people awaiting punishment under these rules and regulations, we are highlighting ten such cases, namely:


-Hamza Kashgari, Saudi Arabia: 23 year old Muslim, charged with blasphemy for tweeting about Mohammad and women’s status


-Alex Aan, Indonesia: 30 year old atheist, charged with blasphemy for saying there is no god on Facebook


-Asia Bibi, Pakistan: 45 year old mother of five, sentenced to death for blasphemy for ‘insulting Mohammad’


-Yousef Nadarkhani, Iran: 34 year old sentenced to death for apostasy for converting to Christianity


-Nabil Karoui, Tunisia: charged with ‘violating sacred values’ for showing the film Persepolis-Saeed Malekpour, Iran: sentenced to death for ‘insulting and desecrating Islam’


-Muhammad Samiullah, Pakistan: 17 year old, charged with blasphemy, for ‘derogatory remarks’ about Mohammad on his exams


-Adel Imam, Egypt: comic actor jailed for three months for ‘insulting Islam’


-Sarwar Penjweni, Iraqi Kurdistan: threatened for researching Islam and Quranic texts.


-Lanja Abdulla, Iraqi Kurdistan: Director of Warvin Foundation for Women Issues threatened at a public meeting for challenging religious authorityThe success of this international day and the very lives of those it hopes to save depend on the intervention of each and every one of us.


We call on groups and individuals to take action on this day by organising a protest or vigil, setting up a table in a city centre, writing a letter, signing a petition, drawing a picture, taking a photo, making a video – anything at all – to highlight these medieval laws and rules, defend free expression and the women and men whose lives are at stake.


You can also register your protests here below:


Saudi Arabia Ministry of Foreign Affairs


Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs E-mail:


Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs:


Pakistan Ministry of Foreign Affairs:


Kurdistan Regional Government-Kurdistan-Iraq






Egypt-Ministry of Foreign Affairs:


Tunisia- Ministry of Foreign Affairs






Initial signatories:


 Houzan Mahmoud, Spokesperson of Organisation of Women’s Freedom in Iraq-UK


 Maryam Namazie, Spokesperson, One Law for All and Equal Rights Now – Organisation against Women’s Discrimination in Iran, UK


Evelyne Accad, Professor Emeritus University of Illinois and Lebanese American University, USA


 Mina Ahadi, International Committee against Stoning, Germany


 Sargul Ahmad, Women Organization in Iraq, Canada


 Mahin Alipour, Director, Equal Rights Now – Organisation against Women’s Discrimination in Iran, Sweden


 Evan Darraji, Writer and Artist, Iraq


 Patty Debonitas, Iran Solidarity, UK


 Deeyah, Music Producer, Norway/USA


 Jani Diylan, Journalist, USA


 Tarek Fatah, Muslim Canadian Council, Canada


 Tahir Gora, Editor and Publisher, Canada


 Laura Guidetti, Feminist Activist (Marea), Italy


 Maria Hagberg, Chairperson of the Network against Honour Related Violence, Sweden/Iraq


 Asos Hardi, Director of Awene newspaper, Kurdistan-Iraq


 Farzaneh Hassan, Writer, Canada


 Marieme Helie Lucas, Secularism is a Women’s Issue, France


Sundas Hoorain, Pakistani Human Rights Lawyer, UK


Abbas Kamil, Unity Against Unemployment in Iraq, Iraq


Monica Lanfranco, Journalist (Marea), Italy


Nahla Mahmoud, Director, Sudan: Non-Religious out loud, Sudanese Humanists Group, UK


Hassan Radwan, Management Committee, Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain, UK


Gita Sahgal, Centre for Secular Space, UK


Nina Sankari, European Feminist Initiative, Poland


Sohaila Sharifi, Women’s Rights Campaigner, UK


Issam Shukri, Defence of Secularism and Civil Rights in Iraq, Canada


Fatou Sow, Women Living Under Muslims Laws, UK


Adnan Honarvar: Writter-Kurdistan


Gona Saeed: Political ad women’s rights activist-UK


Adilah Nasir: Human rights activist- Malaysia


Ciaran MacAoidh: Member of Atheist Ireland


Clara Connolly-London


Christiane Passevant: France


Yacoub abu-bakr: Palestine


Yacov Benyamin


Ha-kohen ben-arieh: Israel


Jason White: USA


Kerri Levine: USA


Jean Beaini: Milton Keynes-UK


Achintha:  Colombo’-Sri lanka


Soheila Dalvand: Canada


Wael Saleem : Riyadh


Deniz Günal:  Melbourne Australia


Christa Rihani Ooms: The Netherlands.


Naima Nash:  Eygptian in UK


Eric swinson:  Morocco


Toyer Khan: South Africa


Cathe Kidd:  U.S.A.


Sawsan Esbaitah: UAE.


Francesc Ferrero Herrera:  Alacant-Spain.




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