FreeKareem is a project of Mideast Youth, directed by Esra'a Al-Shafei. Abdul Kareem Nabeel Suleiman Amer is an Egyptian blogger who was imprisoned for anti-Islamic and anti-governmental writings on his blog. He was the first Egyptian to be prosecuted for the content of his writings. Kareem’s sentence was for four years and expired on November 4, 2010. However, immediately upon his release he was immediately re-arrested. He was finally released from prison on November 17, 2010. Kareem was disowned by his family for his comments and his father called for his death.
Esra'a Al-Shafei started FreeKareem.org to raise awareness of the case and campaign for the freedom of thought and the freedom of speech. The campaign used social networking sites including Twitter and Facebook to spread the word about worldwide rallies that would be held to protest the Egyptian governments actions.
Amnesty International and Reporters Without Borders  are among the organizations that lobbied for his release. The US State Department included Amer's arrest in its 2006 Country Report on Human Rights Practices for Egypt.
On April 27, 2007, November 9, 2007, February 22, 2008, and November 6, 2008, the FreeKareem campaign organized worldwide rallies at Egyptian Embassies to stand up for human rights and free speech. They were held in Washington DC, London, Stockholm, Berlin, Athens, Rome, Prague, Bucharest, Brussels and other cities.
- ↑ "Egpyt:New Concerns About Freedom of Expression"
- ↑ “First Egyptian Blogger Imprisoned for Writings Released.”
- ↑ http://www.almasry-lyoum.com/article2.aspx?ArticleID=48511
- ↑ FreeKareem! About this campaign
- ↑ Action Alert: Join the Rallies to Support Egyptian Blogger Kareem Amer.
- ↑ "Priority Cases: Kareem Amer, Prisoner of Conscience"
- ↑ Blogger Kareem Amer Released
- ↑ Egypt: Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor 2006
- ↑ Free Kareem Rally Info
- ↑ "DC Rally to 'Free Kareem' and Support Free Speech and Human Rights"
- ↑ Free Kareem Worldwide Rally Locations
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