There is about 1.3 billion Muslims who do not have freedom to change religionPeople of Stockholm, people of the world, people who are concerned about Human rights, people who are concerned about freedom.
. They do not have freedom of thought conscious and religion. They do not have the right to exist as former Muslims.
This issue was brought up by the UN repourter on freedom of religion to the UN assembly in NY 2 weeks ago that freedom to change religion is basic for religious freedom.
We are here to remember the victims if Islam Apostasy and Blasphemy laws. We are here to see a change in their situation. We are here that they may have freedom. We are here that they may have equal rights.
Muslim People are killed for rejecting IslamMuslim People are killed for rejecting Islam, Muslim people are imprisoned and tortured for leaving islam. It is not right that people get to lose their life, get imprisoned and get tourtured for their believe.
This contradict with Article 18 of the universal declaration of human rights which give freedom of thought conscious and religion and this freedom include the right to change their believe and practice their new faith.
How can we be quite about this?
In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.
Marin Luther King jr.
Mahmoud Mohammad Taha he was executed at the age of 76 for Apostasy in Sudan.
Mahdi Debag the head of the Bible Society in Iran was arrested after the Islamic revolution in 79 and was tortured and imprisoned for 10 years. He said I am not just willing to suffer for Christ but to also die for him. After much International pressure he was released and 6 month later he was murdered.
Fatima was murdered by her family in Saudi Arabia for converting to Christianity 3 years ago after cutting her toung.
Frag Fouda journalist and free thinker was shot and killed in front of his office in Cairo because he was accused of Blasphemy in92.
Najeb Mafous the Literature Noble price winner was stabbed for the same reason.
Taiser the governor of Banjab was murdered by his body guard for trying to free Asia who was in prison for being accused for Blasphemy.
Shabaz the minister of Minority followed the same fate for trying to protect minorities in Pakistan. 400 christian families cannot return to their home since the teenager Rimasha was accused of blasphemy.
A number of pastors in Iran are serving prison sentences for their conversion from Islam to Christianity.
Metafi in Saudi Arabia has been in prison since he was 18 now he is 36 because he is Ismaili accused of blasphemy. Kashgari a journalist who tweeted that somethings Mohmad did I like something he did I do not like, was accused of blasphemy and 30000 tweeted he should be killed. He apologized and this didnot help. He tried to escape to New Zeland via Malaysia. He was arrested it there and extradited to Saudie Arabia. He has been in prison since then.
Around 10 countries hav death sentences for Apostates and Blasphemers.
How can we be quite about this?“For evil men to triumph, it is only necessary for good men to do nothing.”
- Edmund Burke
How can be quite about this injustice? how can we be quite about this oppression?
Stand for freedom, Stand for Justice, stand for humanity.
Stand against Apostasy and blasphemy Codes in Islam which is chocking freedom world wide.
Stand for freedom from Fear;
"Freedom from fear" could be said to sum up the whole philosophy of human rights.
Stand for freedom of speech;
If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter. George Washington
Stand for justice ;Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.
Martin Luther King
If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. (If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality.) Desmond Tuto
Stand for freedom Stand for justice stand for equality.
Stand for Article 18 in the Universal declaration of Human right
Stand for freedom of thought conscience and religion and freedom to change believe.
Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance.
To deny people their human rights is to challenge their very humanity.
Speech by Kamal Fahmi in Stockholm fall 2011