Atheist Alliance International thanks everyone who has supported Alex Aan, the Indonesian atheist assaulted and arrested after posting 'God does not exist' and cartoons and articles about Islam on Facebook. In June 2012 Alex was jailed for 2 1/2 years and fined Rp 100 million (c. US$10,600).
A friend of Alex in Indonesia was able to visit Alex in jail in early July and provide him with all the messages of support AAI has received from around the world - including from Russia, Mauritius, Australia, Colombia, the United States of America, Brazil, Germany, Japan, Denmark, Scotland, Sweden, Canada, India and the Philippines. Alex greatly appreciates the support he continues to receive, saying in his note "Thanks for support and love, without this I feel alone."
Please support Alex by:
Also, please consider donating to Atheist Alliance International's Legal/Support Fund for Alex Aan (to assist with Alex's legal costs and to support his family while he is in jail) or the Scholarship Fund for Alex Aan (to assist Alex to seek international study opportunities after he is released from jail).
Alex's sentence is being appealed by the prosecutor for its leniency (!) and his conviction will be appealed by his defence team, so we need to keep up the pressure on the Indonesian authorities and let them know the world is watching. Atheist Alliance International is pleased that German Chancellor Angela Merkel recently questioned the chief of Indonesia's Constitutional Court about religious freedom, although we doubt Alex would agree with chief Mahfud MD that his freedom as an atheist is "guaranteed".