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Individual Freedoms in Islamistan

Ahmed Benchemsi
Middle East and North Africa

Moroccan media entrepreneur Ahmed Benchemsi discusses the state of individual rights under Islam, the religion of the state in all Arab nations. He describes the many ways that individual rights are violated on a daily basis in Arab nations—for example, one cannot choose one’s own religion, or even express doubts about Islam, without facing persecution from governments. Benchemsi explains how his publications, French-language TelQuel and Arabic-language Nichane, identify and expose these abuses.He stresses that expressing opinions and beliefs are human rights—not sins that must be punished by the state.

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