Tuesday, May 16, 2006

International Committee to Protect Freethinkers

Jaya Gopal
International Coordinator
Sector-V, Arilova Colony,
Visakhapatnam – 530 040
Email: icpf_campaign@rediffmail.com
Phone: 0091 98660 78486
Dr. Marvin F.Zayed, President,Canada
Email: diahumanism-institute@sympatico.ca
Dr. Madeline Weld, Canada
Email: madweld@rogers.com
Dr. Peter Priskill, Germany
Email: ahriman@t-online.de
Dr. Fred Whitehead, United States
Email: fredwh@swbell.net
Ms. Irene McLaurin-Dorn, EuropeDr. Nehal Karim, Dhaka, Bangladesh

To Date: 13 August 2005
Honourable M. Jacques Chirac
President de la Republique,
Palais de l’Elsysee,
FRANCE. Fax : 331-47-42-24-65

Dear Mr. President,

Subject: Please provide Protection to Tunisian author Lafif Lakhdar – Living in France


Our organization ICPF (International Committee to Protect Freethinkers) invites your immediate attention to the case of the noted Tunisian writer Lafif Lakhdar now living in France, but whose life has become a target for murder by Islamic fundamentalists due to the Fatwa issued by the London-based Islamic Al-Nahdad group led by its cleric Sheik Rached Ghannouchi.

Lafif Lakhdar who is living in France, has been a noted advocate for secular democracy and tolerance in Islamic countries. He is a staunch supporter of the oppressed and the Women’s Rights. He is a tireless activist for the emancipation and freedom of people in the large Arab world.

Lafif Lakhdar’s advocacy of social reform and calls for modernizing the Islamic system had invoked the wrath of Sheik Rached Ghannouchi, cleric of the Islamic Al-Nahdad, one of the fundamentalist groups based in London. Unable to challenge the ideas of Lafif Lakhdar the cleric Sheikh Rached Ghannouchi made false accusations against him of having authored an irreverent book denigrating Prophet Muhammad and thereupon pronounced a Fatwa (religious edict) inciting to kill him (Lafif Lakhdar).

Despite Lafif Lakhdar’s vehement denial of the accusation of having authored any book that is critical of the Prophet, the Fatwa has not been revoked thus forcing him to seek protection for not only his life but also to bring Ghannouchi to justice.

Since the Fatwa that incites to kill Lafif Lakhdar still continues to be spread through the webiste of Sheik Rached Ghannouchi (Nahdah.net) the life of the author stands endangered by fanatics having inspired by such fanatical and malicious provocations.

In view of the facts, our organization request you to provide immediate security and protection to the reformist secular writer Lafif Lakhdar as he is now living in your beloved country: France. Since your country is evolving as a truly appreciable secular country under your Government the responsibility to save the life of a secular thinker and reformer Lafif Lakhdar vests in your hands.

Our organization will be pleased to furnish any other related information, if necessary, on hearing from your good office.

With esteem regards,

(JAYA GOPAL)Coordinator: International Committee to Protect Freethinkers


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