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Vigil for Saudi Arabia’s imprisoned writers

31 March 2017, 9:00 am10:00 am

English PEN is continuing to hold monthly vigils in support of imprisoned writers Raif Badawi, Waleed Abulkhair and Ashraf Fayadh. Please join us to show them they have not been forgotten

English PEN has been holding regular vigils outside the Saudi Embassy in London in support of imprisoned blogger Raif Badawi and his lawyer Waleed Abulkhair since January 2015 when Badawi was first flogged for his peaceful activism.

While Badawi has not been flogged since, he is continuing to serve a ten-year prison sentence, while Abulkhair is serving 15 years in prison for his human rights activism. Furthermore, recent reports suggest that a second round of 50 lashes could be inflicted on him at any time.

PEN is also continuing to call for the immediate release of Palestinian poet and artist Ashraf Fayadh. Originally sentenced to death, Fayadh is now serving eight years in prison and, like Badawi, continues to have the threat of hundreds of lashes looming over him.

The vigil is co-sponsored by Reporters Without Borders (RSF/RWB)

Please join us on Friday 31 March from 9 – 10am. Activists are asked to meet at the Curzon Street entrance to the Embassy. (note: the postal address of the Embassy is 30-32 Charles Street, Mayfair, London).

We will also be highlighting the cases of Raif Badawi, Waleed Abulkhair and Ashraf Fayadh at the English PEN Modern Literature Festival at Rich Mix on 1 April when writers Luke Kennard, SJ Fowler and Rebecca Tamas will be performing new pieces in support of our imprisoned colleagues. #penfestuk

#FreeRaif #FreeWaleed #FreeAshraf


31 March 2017
9:00 am—10:00 am