NOTWe are responsible for organizations or associations and independent personalities sharing with all of humanity the universal values of life, equality among human beings, fundamental freedoms of peoples, groups and individuals without discrimination or exclusive, we refuse to allow the crime to be committed in our name.
Faced with the barbarism that fell on the writer Salman Rushdie, August 12thirty years later the killing order issued by Ayatollah Khomeini on the grounds of blasphemy and attack on the sacred, we form our wishes that he may live and that his pen will not dry up.
We consider it our duty to denounce the odious aggression committed against him, in the name of a disfigured Islam, which can only appease its bloodthirsty followers through hatred, blood, death and chaos.
Infamy, dread and dishonor
We refuse to remain silent on these infamies committed in the name of Islam, civilizational heritage common to humanity, which nevertheless admits neither mediator nor Church.
We refuse to mingle our culture, our human values and our names with these furious people who sow terror and dishonour, by silencing with the sword and the crime any discordant voice, any free thought, any cultural creationall innovative breath, all difference and all diversity.
We have waged this same fight in our countries so that the freedoms of conscience, thought, religion, worship, expression, literary, cultural and artistic creation are recognized and respected. We will continue to carry it out everywhere and will not give in to the lurking regression and the spreading hate speech.
Among the signatories: Adel Abderezak, scholar and Hirak and human rights activist; Sanhadja Akrouffeminist, community activist; Fathi Bel Haj Yahya, writer, community activist; Ahlem Belhadj, head of public health service, feminist activist; Bochra Belhaj Hmida, lawyer, president of the Commission for Individual Freedoms and Equality (Colibe); Souhayr Belhassen, Honorary President of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH); Sana Ben Achour, jurist, president of the association Beity; Yadh Ben Achour, jurist, former dean, member of the United Nations Committee on Civil and Political Rights; Majid Benchikh, former Dean of the Faculty of Law of Algiers; Sihem Ben Sedrine, President of the Truth and Dignity Commission (IVD); Raja Ben Slama, academic; Sophie Besis, historian; Anwar Brahem, composer; Nadia Chaabane, political activist, former member of the National Constituent Assembly; Khemais Chammariformer ambassador; Khadija Cherif, sociologist, human rights activist; Nacer Djabi, sociologist; Ihsane El Kadi, journalist ; Driss El Yazami, President of the Euro-Mediterranean Foundation for Supporting Human Rights Defenders; Mohamed Fellag, actor, humorist and writer; Wahid Ferchichi, law professor; Mohammad Harbi, historian; Kamel Jendoubi, former Tunisian human rights minister; Zied Krichen, journalist ; Abdellatif Laabi, poet; Kamel Lahbib, human rights defender; Latifa Lakhdar, historian, former Tunisian culture minister; Ali Lmrabet, journalist ; Ahmed Mahiou, lawyer, academic; Ali Mezghani, law professor; Khadija Mohsen-Finan, political scientist; Rabea Naciri, sociologist; Fatma Oussedik, sociologist; Messaoud Romdhani, activist of the Committee for the respect of freedoms and human rights in Tunisia (CRLDHT); Khaoula Taleb-Ibrahimi, university professor; Nadia Tazi, philosopher; Wassyla Tamzali, essayist; Mokhtar Trifi, Honorary President of the Tunisian League for Human Rights (LTDH).
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