Qatar: Join the call to free Al-Ajami

This December, we are joining forces with colleagues at Amnesty International, Freedom Now and PEN International to call for the release of well-known poet Mohammed al-‘Ajami, known as Ibn al-Dheeb.

Mohammed al-‘Ajami is currently serving 15 years in prison for a poem. On 24 December, he spent yet another birthday – his 40th – in prison and away from his family, while 25 December marks his 1500th day in prison.

We are calling on the Qatari authorities to release al-‘Ajami immediately and unconditionally.  Please join us by adding your name to our petition.

We plan to deliver the petition to the Qatari Embassy in London and to hold a peaceful protest in support of al-‘Ajami on 25 February 2016. Please let us know if you would be interested in joining us by emailing

We are also encouraging our supporters to send messages to al-‘Ajami as part of our annual Season’s Greetings initiative. Do let us know if you would be interested in sending a card.

For more information on his case please see the latest release from our friends at Amnesty Gulf.

Sign the petition and help free Mohammed al-Ajami.

About Cat Lucas

Cat Lucas is English PEN's Writers at Risk Programme Manager

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