UN Calls for Release of Imprisoned Poet in Qatar

Human rights experts at the United Nations have called on Qatar to release a poet sentenced to 15 years in prison over verses considered offensive to the Gulf nation’s former ruler.

A statement Tuesday said the sentence imposed on poet Muhammad ibn al-Dheeb al-Ajami in 2013 was “disproportionate and amounts to political censorship to art and expression.”

Al-Ajami faced specific charges over a poem posted online in 2010 that discussed the traits needed for a good leader — which apparently was seen by authorities as a challenge to Qatar’s emir and ruling family.
He is more widely known for an Internet video of him reciting “Tunisian Jasmine,” a poem lauding that country’s popular uprising, which touched off the Arab Spring.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_poets_from_the_United_States

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