March 29, 2008
Below text emailed by the Free Karim Editor
Dear friends and fellow supporters of Kareem Amer,
The Free Kareem Coalition, in collaboration with the Committee to Protect Bloggers, are holding a new campaign called “Flood the Jail with Mail!” (taking place from April 7th-21st) aimed to get as many people as possible to send Kareem letters of support so that he can remain hopeful and in high spirits.
Kareem has spent over one year in prison, with no sign of his freedom yet. This past November, he was tortured by both prison inmates and guards while being asked to repent for holding certain beliefs. This is unacceptable. We cannot go on referring to Egypt as a democratic or modern state for as long as Kareem is still in prison. This unjust crime of imprisoning him has to be corrected immediately as it’s a serious abuse against the freedom of speech clause which Egypt constantly claims to adhere to.
We still await his unconditional release, and are continuing to do our best to secure his freedom.
But while we do that, we have to make sure that Kareem knows that we are all thinking about him. And for this purpose, we have launched a new campaign:
FLOOD THE JAIL WITH MAIL!
Please read the details here. It has all the details that you would require in order to pariticpate in this campaign, which will soon be joined by Reporters Without Borders and any other organization interested in making this initative as successful and effective as possible.
Free Kareem Coalition
October 31, 2007
Received via e-mail from the director of the Free Kareem Coalition.
Dear friends, as the dates for our worldwide rallies near, we desperately need your help!
In order to influence the Egyptian government to free Kareem, and to have their officials know that the world has not forgotten about this young man, we are organizing our 3rd worldwide rally to mark Kareem’s one year imprisonment. We want to send this message to the Egyptian authorities: One year is enough! Free Kareem Amer now!
For this rally to be as meaningful and effective as possible, we need as many cities as we can get to be involved in organizing a rally for Kareem Amer on Friday, the 9th of November.
So far we have the following 10 cities confirmed:
- Washington DC, USA
- London, UK
- Prague, Czech Republic
- Bucharest, Romania
- Berlin, Germany
- Brussels, Belgium
- Rome, Italy
- Amsterdam, The Netherlands
- Stockholm, Sweden
- Athens, Greece
We need at least 10 more cities involved for this rally to play a bigger role for Egypt as well as the international media. We need to get this message across to the Egyptian government for the sake of Kareem who did nothing wrong to be imprisoned and treated like this.
If you are interested in organizing a rally in front of your local Egyptian embassy, please contact us to have us confirm your involvement. It is a simple process; all you have to do is gather a group of people (can be as small as 2 and as big as 100) in front of the Egyptian embassy in a city near you, and take a few photos/videos of yourself protesting so that we can cover it worldwide. We strongly encourage you to hand in a one-page document that expresses your concerns for Kareem and reasons why he should be freed. It can include copies of our current petitions as well.
For more information please visit www.FreeKareem.org
Thank you! If your city is not yet listed here, please help us and Kareem by getting involved!
Esra’a Al Shafei
Free Kareem Coalition, Director
October 11, 2007
Esra’a Al Shafei, director of the Free Kareem website, sent us an email reminding us about Egyptian blogger Kareem Ameer Soliman (sorry for the spelling), who’s still imprisoned for expressing his secularist views on Islam. Following is the e-mail transcript.
Almost a year has gone by, and Kareem Amer is still in prison. Egypt is getting away with this inexcusable human rights violation. The U.S government, while aware of the situation, is not doing enough and continues to financially assist Egypt despite the increasing crackdown on bloggers and activists. We need your help in raising awareness, all Kareem did was practice his rights to free speech, and if we don’t stand up for his freedom and these rights, there will be more victims. We want the world to know what the Egyptian authorities are putting Kareem and many others through all the while portraying itself as “democratic.” We need to stand up for freedom, and we need to do it right now. Kareem needs you. Please dedicate a few minutes of your free time to do the suggested things below.
There are several things that you can do to help:
- Kareem has sent us his 6th letter from prison, which is now available in English on www.FreeKareem.org, re-publish this letter on your blogs or via e-mail as Kareem wants this letter to be read by as many people as possible. If you are a journalist, please ask your editor if you can dedicate a column in your paper to publish this letter (and you may feel free to shorten it whenever necessary, as long as the meaning is kept the way it is.) If you can, we would greatly appreciate your help if you can translate this letter. You will be credited with the translation and your work will be listed in the “What Kareem Said” page.
- Worldwide Rallies are coming up on Friday the 9th of November. Please either show up to your local rally or if there is none organized for your city please prepare a rally in front of the Egyptian Embassy on this date. Let us know if you are willing to do this so we can list you as a coordinator for people to contact. Getting involved in the rallies and taking videos/pictures is one of the best ways you can help us spread the word on Kareem.
- If you want to help Kareem stay in good spirits, please send him a personal letter to this address: http://www.freekareem.org/2007/06/05/updating-kareems-prison-address/
If you are a Twitter user, the Committee to Protect Bloggers is organizing a Twitter Day for Kareem. Please visit this entry for the relevant information:
Thank you all for your support. For a direct link to the information concerning our next set of worldwide rallies, please visit this link:
For pictures concerning the last worldwide rallies in April, scroll past the entries here:
Please write back if you would like to get involved, especially in the worldwide rallies.
Esra’a Al Shafei
Free Kareem Coalition, Director