In defence of Hamza Kashgari


I’ve received a number of calls and emails asking to help 23 year old Saudi journalist Hamza Kashgari.

Hamza’s a Muslim who has been forced to flee Saudi Arabia because his Tweets about Mohammad, Islam’s prophet, have been deemed to be offensive and blasphemous by Islamists calling for his head. The Saudi king has personally issued an order to bring him to ‘justice’ and Saudi clerics have demanded that he be prosecuted for ‘cursing the prophet’. If he is found guilty, he will most likely be executed.

As a result of threats to his life, including the publishing of his home address and personal contact details, Hamza has been forced to flee the country. En route to New Zealand where he hoped to apply for asylum, he was stopped and detained in Malaysia.

There are fears that he will be deported back to Saudi Arabia where he faces imprisonment and even execution for tweeting the below to mark Mohammad’s birthday:

“On your birthday, I will say that I have loved the rebel in you, that you’ve always been a source of inspiration to me, and that I do not like the halos of divinity around you. I shall not pray for you.”

“On your birthday, I find you wherever I turn. I will say that I have loved aspects of you, hated others, and could not understand many more.”

“On your birthday, I shall not bow to you. I shall not kiss your hand. Rather, I shall shake it as equals do, and smile at you as you smile at me. I shall speak to you as a friend, no more.”

Though Hamza has apologised and ‘repented’, his life remains in danger.

It’s important that we support him and demand that he be granted protection.

Here’s what you can do:

Contact the UN High Commissioner for Refugees in Malaysia and ask that they immediately interview him and grant him protection. He cannot be returned to Saudi Arabia where he faces a well-founded fear of persecution.

Here’s their details:

UNHCR Representative
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
570, Jalan Bukit Petaling
50460 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 603 2141 1322
Fax: 603 2141 1780
Email: mlslu@unhcr.org

You can also sign this petition set up by one of Hamza’s friends.

You have got to do it now.

(Information via emails and phone calls from friends and supporters.)

Comments

  1. Hassan Radwan says

    Apparently he’s been arrested in Malaysia and is in danger of being deported to Saudi Arabia where it seems they want to make an example of him.

  2. Upright Ape says

    Malaysia is a fascist country where freedom of conscience does not exist. The state will tell you what religion you will practice and “apostasy” is not tolerated.The danger to Hamza is very real.

  3. Rafiq Mahmood says

    I am deeply concerned that apparently Interpol has been used to track and detain him. This is contrary to the Constitution of the organisation which must not “undertake any interventions or activities of a political, military, religious, or racial nature”.

    If this is so then it is extremely serious. The use of Interpol to enforce religious thought policing poses the gravest possible threat to all of us.

    It must be investigated and the regional offices brought to book if it has in fact been found that Interpol resources have been used in this way.

    Demand answers from the Secretary General, Ronald K Noble at Interpol HQ in Lyons.

  4. his friend says

    Please save him Saudi Arabia now want to put all his friends in a trail , they want to kill every one who support him oh Mariym plz this generation who know religion is stupid need your help he is the hope for us ! he is young !! this one said he will help him http://i44.tinypic.com/hx56ps.png

  5. mirax says

    Malaysia pulled a very nasty trick by arresting Kashgari. I am afraid that international pressure may backfire as malaysians are in an election year and in recent years, islamic supremacism has soared to levels never witnessed before.Religion is used in very, very ugly ways in Malaysia. The UMNO bastards are going to grandstand on this issue.

  6. Musical Atheist says

    And what beautiful words he spoke. What beautiful, clear, nuanced and loving thoughts have led to his persecution.

  7. Timberwoof says

    Hm. I just signed the petition.

    (Can the essentially content-free notifications that this blog has been linked elsewhere be blocked? They add nothing to the conversation.)

  8. says

    I am looking for long time where to sign to try to protect the life of Hamza Kashgari.
    The petition which you link is closed. Is there another?

    Estoy buscando desde hace tiempo donde firmar para intentar proteger la vida de Hamza Kashgari.
    La petición que vinculas está cerrada ¿Hay otra?

  9. Lindsey Williams says

    If there is an uprising in Saudia Araba, they will not be supported by the West nor by Europe. The Saudi Royal family will be treated as Ghadafi, Ben Ali, Mubarak, Al-Assad, and Saddam Hussein. Watch Syria – even British born, Mrs Al-Assad cannot enter the UK or Europe, her assets are frozen, and she cannot buy from Europe. She’s stuck in Syria. This is one of the consequences of their action.

    The second is a travel warning not to transit through Malaysia if a person is intending to claim asylum in another country.

    The third, the King of Saudia is now embarrased, as he is deemed powerless since he bowed to cleric request. How ironic is that? He may be kissing their hand too.

    Fourth, it has been suggested that westerns cannot invest in Saudia, since a person can be executed for any comment on facebook, twitter, journalist work, or statement posted on the internet.

  10. Xavier Carrera says

    That the “best man” is in practice as sacred as Allah is actually a form of idolatry, but more than that. It is mind control. As would be punish people for criticizing Karl Marx or Hitler.
    A world dictatorship requires Ideology that the mental excuse. This has traditionally been a social function of religion as a regulator of heresy.
    Arabia Saudi have an no measurable power because is the geographic center of the cult. They Have the meteorite, which is in practice the idol that looks every Muslim planet.
    It’s scary that they can use to interpol and prosecute any person on the planet.

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