국제앰네스티는 지난 11일 이집트 당국에 4년간의 형 집행을 마쳤음에도 불구하고 수감되어 있는 블로거를 즉각 석방 할 것을 요청했다.
카림 아메어(Kareem Amer)는 자신의 블로그에서 호스니 무바라크 대통령과 이슬람을 비난 했다는 이유로 국가정보원에서 수감되었으며 11월 5일에 석방이 예정되어 있었다.
아라비아 인권정보 네트워크(Arabic Network for Human Rights; ANHRI)의 변호사는 그가 국가정보원 요원들에게 구타당하고 부당한 대우를 받고 있다고 보고했다.
국제앰네스티는 “카림 아메어는 애초부터 표현의 자유를 실행했다는 이유만으로 부당하게 내려진 4년간의 수감생활을 마쳤으나 아직도 구금되어 있다”고 말하며 “이집트 당국은 그에 대한 구타와 다른 부당행위들에 대한 보고에 대하여 조사해야 할 필요가 있으며 그가 어떠한 법적 이유로 인해 아직도 구금되어 있는지 설명해야 한다”고 밝혔다.
2007년 그는 “인터넷에서 이슬람 선지자들과 동지들을 살인자로 묘사하고 이를 통해 이슬람을 실추 시키고 국가의 평화를 파괴했다”는 이유와 “공화국의 대통령을 모욕했다”는 이유로 유죄선고를 받은 바 있다.
EGYPTIAN BLOGGER HELD DESPITE COMPLETING PRISON SENTENCE
11 November 2010Amnesty International today called on the Egyptian authorities to immediately release a blogger who the authorities continue to hold despite his completion of a four year prison sentence.
Kareem Amer, who was jailed for criticizing President Hosni Mubarak and Islam on his blog, is being held at a State Security Intelligence (SSI) detention centre in Alexandria despite being due for release on 5 November.
Lawyers from the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI) reported that he has been beaten and abused by State Security Intelligence (SSI) officers.
“Kareem Amer has already served his sentence of four years, which in itself was handed down for actions that amounted to no more than exercising his right to freedom of expression, and yet he remains detained.” said Amnesty International.
“The Egyptian authorities need to investigate allegations of beatings and other ill-treatment, and explain on what legal grounds Kareem Amer is now being detained.”
Kareem Amer was beaten by a junior SSI officer who threatened him in order to stop him writing about Islam and Christians. The officer also threatened to extend Amer’s original detention sentence.
Kareem had initially understood that he was being taken to the SSI office merely to complete the release papers.
In 2007, Kareem Amer was convicted of “inciting strife and defaming Muslims on the internet by describing the Prophet of Islam and his comrades as murderers, which disturbs national peace”, and “insulting the President of the Republic by writing on the internet”. In November 2008, the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (WGAD) declared Kareem Amer’s detention “arbitrary” on the grounds that being arrested for online criticism and for exercising his right to freedom of expression violated freedoms guaranteed under the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. Prison guards had previously assaulted Kareem Amer and also placed him in solitary confinement for allegedly assaulting another inmate, in October 2007. “The Egyptian authorities have persisted in persecuting Kareem Amer, and others like him, for criticising the Egyptian government,” said Amnesty International
Amnesty International said it considers Karim Amer to be a prisoner of conscience and continues to campaign for his release. Amnesty International also called on President Hosni Mubarak to curb the powers of the SSI and ensure that SSI officials who breach the law or are responsible for abusing prisoners are brought to justice.