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Further Constitutional and Legislative Change

The Free Muslim Coalition (FMC) applauds the decision of the Afghan Supreme Court to withdraw charges against Abdul Rahman who was charged with “attacking Islam” for converting to Christianity.

The Afghan government must however ensure Mr. Rahman
and his
family’s safety or provide him with safe passage to a country which can.
Furthermore,
the release of Mr. Rahman must be complemented by constitutional and legislative
change
to ensure that the freedom of religion and conscience are preserved, and that no
further
prosecutions for apostasy can occur again.

According to Sami El-Behiri, co-founder and Vice President of FMC, the freedom
to choose
ones own religion is sacrosanct and must be respected: “When it comes to
faith only God
can judge people. Religion is a direct relationship between the person and God
and at
the end God will evaluate this relationship”.

“Any decision to prosecute violates the freedoms of religion and
consciousness
guaranteed by the Quran, Islamic jurisprudence, and international human rights
law,”
says Thomas Haidon, chief legal advisor to FMC.

“Article 7 of the Afghan Constitution proclaims that Afghanistan will honor
the
Universal Declaration of Human Rights and treaties it accedes to. As a signatory
to the
International Covenant for Civil and Political Rights, Afghanistan is legally
obliged to
uphold the right of the individual to choose—and change—their own religion
as set
forth in article 18. Prosecution, as well as any subsequent punishment, places
Afghanistan in violation of international law.”

Confirming the Quran’s religious freedom guarantees, Islamic scholar, Professor
Khaleel
Mohammed, cites several verses, including “There shall be no compulsion in
religion: the
right way is now distinct from the wrong way. Anyone who denounces the devil
and
believes in GOD has grasped the strongest bond; one that never breaks. GOD is
Hearer,
Omniscient. [2:256]”

Read our full article on our website at http://www.freemuslims.org

Discuss the issue in our blog at http://www.freemuslims.org/blog/?id=912


Posted by cricket on 03/28 at 08:40 AM in Blogging

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