Please Help a Young Man in Prison in Egypt


You can act to help free Abdelkareem Nabil Soliman, who has been detained by the Egyptian authorities for writing on his blog. Regardless of whether you agree with his views or not (he is very critical of the Egyptian government and of Islam), please support his right to express his views peacefully. Please sign this petition for his release. It’s easy. If you want to do more, please write a respectful letter to the Egyptian Embassy in your country. Just a minute of your time can help a young man who should not be in prison. Please take that minute. And then ask at least one friend.

Please think of yourself in a prison cell and how much you would hope that others would act on your behalf.

6 Responses to “Please Help a Young Man in Prison in Egypt”

  1. Russell Hanneken

    I have to admit I don’t know a lot about modern Egypt or its government. What kind of arguments would Egyptian authorities find persuasive?

    If I write to the Egyptian embassy and base my appeal on the principle of freedom of speech, or on the idea that the state should not be in the business of enforcing religious orthodoxy, is that going to have any resonance with them?

  2. Those are good appeals. Egypt is officially secular but controls religion. As Dr Palmer says you should olnly be respectful and not call names to the president or officials of Egypt. It is good to say that religion and opinion and expression should be a concern of the conscience of the person and not of the government.

  3. Tom G. Palmer

    I think that a short note expressing concern about Abdelkareem’s case and asking the authorities to correct a mistake by the local prosecutor would be in order. A country that aspires to be a leader of the Arab world should set a high standard of allowing free debate among its people. I would start the letter to the Ambassador with “Your Excellency” and conclude it with “Sincerely,” “Cordially,” “Respectfully,” etc.

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