Atheist Alliance International thanks everyone who has supported Alex Aan, the Indonesian atheist assaulted and arrested after posting 'God does not exist' and cartoons and articles about Islam on Facebook. In June 2012 Alex was jailed for 2 1/2 years and fined Rp 100 million (c. US$10,600).
A friend of Alex in Indonesia was able to visit Alex in jail in early July and provide him with all the messages of support AAI has received from around the world - including from Russia, Mauritius, Australia, Colombia, the United States of America, Brazil, Germany, Japan, Denmark, Scotland, Sweden, Canada, India and the Philippines. Alex greatly appreciates the support he continues to receive, saying in his note "Thanks for support and love, without this I feel alone."
Please support Alex by:
- sending a message of support to Alex - email info [at] atheistalliance [dot] org with "Message for Alex" in the subject line. (Please remember that Alex is not a native English speaker and note that prison authorities will review any materials provided to Alex.)
- sharing this page and posting "God Does Not Exist" on your Facebook wall
- tweeting a message of support with hashtag #goddoesnotexist
- signing this petition to urge US President Obama to call on the Indonesian government to release Alex [update: petition now closed]
- writing to the Indonesian authorities to condemn Alex's jail sentence and calling for a repeal of
- Indonesia's blasphemy laws so this does not happen to anyone else
On 14 June 2012 Indonesian atheist Alexander Aan was sentenced to two years and six months in jail and fined Rp100 million (c. US$10,600).
Why? Alex was attacked and arrested after posting 'God does not exist' and cartoons and articles about Islam on Facebook. He was convicted of 'causing hatred and enmity against individuals and groups based on tribal affiliations, religion, race and societal groups' based on his Facebook posts.
Alex' sentence is contrary to basic human rights principles and Indonesia's international obligations under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), particularly Article 18, which protects an individual’s right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion and Article 19, which guarantees the right to freedom of opinion and expression.
What should we do? We need to draw attention to Alex's situation and pressure the Indonesian government to release Alex and modernise Indonesia's laws. We need to exercise our freedom of expression to support Alex, to oppose discrimination against atheists and to oppose attempts to suppress criticism and questioning of religion. We need you to tell the world that you support Alex.
As presented by Tanya Smith, AAI President, at the 2012 Annual General Meeting
It’s been a quite a year! Almost exactly one year ago we launched the new AAI at the Dublin convention. At that time we had a newly elected Board, some of the infrastructure from the former AAI and a lot of work ahead of us!
Our activities in the last year have been around a few themes:
- Re-establishing the membership and support base for the new group
- Expanding communications
- Supporting our members and potential new members
- Supporting atheists in developing countries
- Seeking formal status with international bodies
I’ll talk a bit about each of these.
Oh, we can think of a few things! AAI Members can now listen to Robert Ingersoll's What Would You Substitute For the Bible as a Moral Guide? through the Freethought Audio Library, thanks to a recording by David Brocker.
AAI Members can access this recording by logging into the Members Only section of the AAI website, then finding the Freethought Audio Library under the Resources menu.
- What Is The Soul
- Am I an Atheist or an Agnostic
- New addition to the Freethought Audio Library - Ingersoll's Centennial Oration
- Indonesian Muslims Call for Atheist Beheading