Urgent Issue: Free Amina Tyler!

by lifeisurgent

You may have heard about the recent release of three Femen activists from a Tunisian jail. While this is a victory for human rights, the battle is not won. Amina Tyler, a young Tunisian women’s rights activist, and the cause behind the three activists’ protest and subsequent arrest, remains detained beneath a cloak of secrecy in a Tunisian jail.

Amina had the courage to take a stand when she saw a dire threat to the safety and well-being of women take root in Tunisia. She bravely posted non-pornographic topless photographs of herself online, with slogans such as, “My body is my own” and “Fuck your morals” written across her torso. Local Salafist clerics immediately called for her death by stoning. To demonstrate she would not be cowed by this display of hate, she spray-painted “Femen” on a wall. She was arrested for vandalism, and held without bail. Her can of red spray-paint has since been deemed an illegal weapon.

Amina is being detained and prosecuted for unfounded crimes. Her trial is not open to public scrutiny, and she is at the mercy of fundamental Islamist judicial proceedings. When it comes down to it, she is being punished for standing up against the impending tide of Islamic fundamentalism in Tunisia. Her immediate release is of the utmost importance.

I implore you: demonstrate that we find violence against, degradation of, and persecution of women – regardless of nationality, religious preference, race, or sexual orientation – intolerable. Build women up, and we will have global peace. Being a woman is not a crime! Demand the safe release of Amina Tyler!