TIMELINE

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  • 3-2013

    NAFAS

    Ashraf Fayadh - Mostly visible

  • 2013

    JADALIYYA

    One Hundred Arab Intellectuals Demand the Release of Palestinian Poet Ashraf Fayadh from Saudi Prison.

  • 2014

    VICE NEWS

    The Saudi Arabian Artist in Jail For Having Long Hair.

  • 2015

    AVAAZ.ORG

    Amnesty international : Save the palestinian poet and artist Ashraf Fayadh.

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.”

Avaaz - 18 November 2015

Community Petitions
SOCIETY OF AUTHORS CONDEMNS DEATH SENTENCE OF ASHRAF FAYADH 26 November 2015 The Society of Authors was appalled to learn that poet Ashraf Fayadh faces execution for apostasy in Saudi Arabia. We condemn this violation of the right to freedom of expression. Fayadh was first detained in August 2013 for a collection of poems, Instructions Within. He was released on bail but arrested again in January 2014, then sentenced in May 2014 to four years in prison and 800 lashes. Following a rejected appeal and a retrial, he is now due to be executed. Leading cultural figures and arts organisations have already begun campaigning for his release, and English PEN is calling on the Government to put pressure on the Saudi authorities.

The Society of Authors - 26 November 2015

Non-Profit Organization
A Saudi court has overturned the death sentence of a Palestinian poet accused of renouncing Islam, imposing an eight-year prison term and 800 lashes instead. He must also repent through an announcement in official media. The decision by a panel of judges came after Ashraf Fayadh’s lawyer argued his conviction was seriously flawed because he was denied a fair trial. In a briefing on the verdict, Abdulrahman al-Lahem said the judgment revoked the death sentence but upheld that the poet was guilty of apostasy.

The Guardian - 2 February 2016

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