The Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain is outraged to learn about the arrest of Egyptian blogger and atheist Abdul Aziz Mohammed Al-Baz (also known as Ben Baz) in Kuwait for merely exercising his right to free expression, conscience and belief. He has been arrested since 2 January 2013 and charged with blasphemy. There will be a hearing on his case on 28 February 2013.
Al-Baz is in real danger. In May 2012, the Kuwaiti parliament passed new amendments to allow for cruel and inhuman penalties, including long-term imprisonment and death, for blasphemy. Only recently, a man was sentenced to ten years in prison for Twitter blasphemy.
The CEMB condemns the Kuwaiti government’s imprisonment of Al-Baz and calls on the government to immediately and unconditionally release him and all those being held on blasphemy charges. [Read more...]