Sunday, November 29, 2015
Saudi Arabia commits one more judicial crime against humanity
: Save the palestinian poet and artist Ashraf Fayadh
Why this is important
Fayadh is being
sentenced to death after had been jailed for more than 22 months in
the Saudi city Abha without clear legal charges beyond “insulting the
Godly self” and having “ideas that do not suit the Saudi society.” These charges
are based on the complaint of a reader’s interpretation of Fayadh's 2008 poetry
collection titled, Instructions Within.
This is not the
first time that Saudi authorities have arrested Ashraf Fayadh. The poet was
detained before after a Saudi citizen filed a complaint with the Committee for
the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice accusing Fayadh of having
“misguided and misguiding thoughts.” Fayadh was bailed out of jail at the time,
only to get arrested again.
sources close to Fayadh, the poet has been denied both visitation and legal
representation rights. We condemn these acts of intimidation targeting Ashraf
Fayadh as part of a wider campaign inciting hate against writers and using
Islam to justify oppression and to crush free speech.
We express our
solidarity with Fayadh, hoping to increase support for the poet as well as
pressure to release him. Our efforts should come together to ensure the
proliferation of free speech and personal freedoms. We specifically call on
Saudi intellectuals to express solidarity with Fayadh against Takfiris’
intimidation practices meant to silence poets, writers, and artists like
him.Let the flag of creativity fly free and remain innovative.
silent towards Fayadh’s detention is an insult to knowledge, literature,
culture, and thought as well as to freedom and human rights.
of religion and freedom of speech, freedom of expression and freedom of
distribution and broadcasting of ideas
must be complete in the respect of the physical and moral integrity of others.
is a crime against humanity because it refuses the right of any human being to
choose his or her religion and to change religions if he or she so decides on
her own volition.
Arabia in its judicial system is the most archaic state in the world, by far,
and even the Islamic State could feel challenged by such practices as beheading
people with a saber or blade of any sort, or crucifying people, or flogging
them to death, etc. Not to speak of torture to force them to admit anything.