Home Page > World Poetry Day: Take action for Mohammed Ibn al-Dheeb al-Ajami

You are encouraged to elect poet Mohammed al-Ajami as an honorary member of your centre and by doing so provide long term support and advocacy for him and his family. For details of the International PEN Honorary Membership scheme, read the PEN WiPC Guide to Defending Writers Under Attack (Part V, pp 15-20). Please let us know if you do so and we will ensure that your Centre is networked with others working on his case.

Messages of support should be sent to Mohammed al-Ajami at Doha Central Prison, Salwa Road, Al Rayan, Doha, State of Qatar.

Please sign the petition calling for the release of Mohammed al-Ajami.

Please also send appeals:

  • Protesting the continued detention of poet Mohammed al-Ajami, solely for the peaceful exercise of his right to freedom of expression;
  • Urging the authorities to immediately and unconditionally release poet Al-Ajami and for defamation to be decriminalised in Qatar;
  • Demanding that whilst imprisoned Mohammaed al-Ajami is allowed to associate with other prisoners, and that restrictions on visits from family, friends, and independent observers are lifted as mandated by UN principles
  • Urging Qatar to accede to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights without delay.
Amir of the State of Qatar
Shaikh Tamim bin Hamad Al ThaniPO Box 923
Doha, State of Qatar
Fax: + 974 4436 1212
Salutation: Your Highness 
Minister of the Interior
Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al ThaniMinistry of the Interior
PO Box 920
Doha, State of Qatar
Email: info@moi.gov.qa
Salutation: His Excellency 
(And copies to)
Attorney GeneralDr Ali bin Fetais Al Marri
PO Box 705
Doha, State of Qatar
Fax: +974 4484 3211 


Please copy appeals to the diplomatic representative for Qatar in your country if possible.

Note to PEN Centres

Please keep us informed of any action you take with regard to these cases on World Poetry Day 2015, and of any responses you receive.

For further details contact Cathal Sheerin at the Writers in Prison Committee London Office:  PEN International, Brownlow House, 50/51 High Holborn, London WC1V 6ER UK Tel: + 44 (0) 20 7405 0338  Fax: + 44 (0) 20 7405 0339  e-mail: cathal.sheerin@pen-international.org