France: Ensure police protection for Mohamed Sifaoui

Mohamed Sifaoui - an Algerian journalist, writer and director living in exile in France - was violently attacked by Islamists in Paris on Friday, June 13th 2008. Why? For his tireless and courageous struggle against fundamentalisms and his defence of secularism. Since 2003 he has benefited from police protection, but since January 2008 it has been withdrawn.
Today, he receives death threats and he, his wife, and their children are in real danger. They live as recluses. The major media sources remain silent. Concerned citizens and human rights defenders have circulated this news and launched a petition on Mr. Sifaoui's behalf.

For further information (in French) please see here:

The sample letter above has been graciously prepared by friends and allies and has been endorsed by the following organizations:

· Women Living under Muslim Laws (WLUML) – International Solidarity Network
· SIAWI – Secularism Is A Women's Issue
· BAOBAB – For Women’s Human Rights
· Stasa Zajovic (and Women in Black - Belgrade, Serbia)
· Lino Veljak (Zagreb, Croatia)

And by the following organizations from amongst the International Coalition of Women Human Rights Defenders:

· Human Rights First
· International Women's Rights Action Watch Asia Pacific (IWRAW AP)
· Front Line International Foundation for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders (Front Line)
· Urgent Action Fund for Women’s Human Rights (UAF)
· ISIS-Women’s International Cross-Cultural Exchange (ISIS-WICCE)
· Women’s Initiative for Gender Justice (WIGJ)
· Center for Women’s Global Leadership (CWGL)
· Women Living under Muslim Laws (WLUML)
· BAOBAB for Women’s Human Rights
· Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA)

WLUML networkers