Drop Death Penalty Charges Against Men Accused of Insulting Islam


Target: Salah Bashir Margani, Justice Minister

Goal: Drop charges against two members of the Libyan National Party.

Libyan authorities must immediately drop criminal charges against two Libyan National Party officials in regards to election poster cartoons published by the political party. The Libyan National Party is one of eight political parties represented in the Libyan parliament. Under Libyan law, the men charged for creating the posters could face the death penalty.

Authorities charged Ali Tekbali, the party’s policy manager, and Fathi Sager, the secretary general, with insulting Islam and “instigating division”. These charges carry the death penalty. The posters depicted a figure that some construed as being the prophet Mohammed. Any such depiction is against the law. The lawyers for the men have asked the Libyan grand mufti for an opinion on the drawing.

Capital punishment in all countries, under and circumstances, is a great violation of human rights. This form of punishment is cruel and is often plagued by prejudice and error. International law mandates that countries retain the death penalty to apply it to only the most serious of crimes. The death penalty should certainly not be used in cases pertaining to free speech.  Sign this petition to demand that the Libyan government throw out the charges facing Ali Tekbali and Fathi Sager.


Dear Minister Salah Bashir Margani,

The charges facing Ali Tekbali and Fathi Sager are reprehensible. Charging them with insulting Islam and “instigating division” violates their freedom of speech. It also violates their right to political expression. Your government must do all it can to ensure the rights of all your citizens, regardless of their views.

I ask that your government also consider halting its use of the death penalty. The death penalty is the greatest violation of human rights. Doing so would greatly improve the international standing of your government.


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