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Free Ayat al-Qurmezi (Bahranian poet)

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Ayat al-Qurmezi is a poet who was jailed for one year for reading her works which were critical of the Sunni monarchy.  Her imprisonment is a direct result of the kingdom's crackdown on Shiite protestors who are campaigning for greater rights in the country.

For reading her work she was arrested on 'anti-state' charges and accused of inciting hatred.  She also claims she was beaten and tortured in custody.
This is a call to everyone (especially the writers out there) to PLEASE sign the petition and lend support to the upcoming appeal against her conviction.  It is important that we, as writers, make some gesture, however small, to stand up for our craft and for each other.  So please sign this, spread it, tweet it, email it... for every writer who was ever jailed, persecuted, tortured, fined, ostracised, murdered for writing down what was in their hearts,minds and souls <3

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