Jabeur Mejri: Jailed for seven years in Tunisia for a facebook post expressing his views on religion
Please add your name to Amnesty International's petition to the Tunisian authorities to release Jaber Mejri immediately.
Jabeur Mejri was unjustly sentenced to 7.5 years for Facebook posts that criticized Islam, a punishment that is both harsh in execution and unfathomable in thinking. The freedom to believe and say what we feel is a human right that must be protected everywhere.
Jabeur logged onto Facebook during the first day or two of March 2012. He posted a picture of the prophet Mohamed and published articles critical of Islam.
Punishment was quick. Lawyers saw the posts and filed a complaint. Police officers arrested Jabeur Mejri on 5 March 2012. Authorities charged him with “harming or insulting others through public telecommunication networks”, “attacking sacred values through actions or words” and “undermining public morals”. By the end of March, he had begun serving a sentence of seven-and-a-half years in Mahdia prison.
International human rights law protects the act of expressing ideas that some people think are offensive. The ability to criticize religious and other beliefs and ideas is a vital component of the right to freedom of expression. While Jabeur Mejri’s posts may have offended some Muslims, they non-violently reflected his views.
Amnesty International considers 29-year-old Jabeur Mejri to be a prisoner of conscience, held for peacefully exercising his right to freedom of opinion and expression.
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Président Moncef Marzouki,
I am writing to express my deep concern for Jabeur Mejri
I strongly urge you to:
* Release Jabeur Mejri without delay or any conditions on his freedom
* Allow Jabeur Mejri to peacefully express his views