One week left to petition the White House to speak out for Alexander Aan
August 9, 2012
There is now one week remaining on our petition to the White House to call upon the Indonesian government to respect the freedom and dignity of all its citizens and free Alexander Aan.
In case you don't know who Aan is:
Earlier this year, an Indonesian civil servant named Alexander Aan posted messages to Facebook expressing his lack of belief in a God, as well as several cartoons about the Islamic prophet Mohammed. As a result, he was attacked at his workplace by an angry mob. When policed arrived, they arrested Aan and charged him with blasphemy, promoting atheism, and disseminating information aimed at inciting religious hatred or hostility.
On June 14, a district court found Aan guilty on the incitement charge, and sentenced him to two years and six months in prison. He was also fined 100 million rupiah (US $10,600).
Our petition currently has ~7,500 signatures. We need 25,000 to secure a formal response from the White House.
Now is the time to sign and share.
As Salman Rushdie once said, "Free speech is the whole thing, the whole ball game. Free speech is life itself."
I couldn't agree more. Let's make the White House aware that there are tens thousands of people around the world who oppose restrictions on freedom of belief and expression. Let's help Alexander Aan -- and all Indonesians who have been punished for speaking their mind on religion -- regain life itself.