An evening by Exiled Writers will take place in partnership with Amnesty International writing about and from those imprisoned for their words in Egypt, Turkey, the UAE and Saudi Arabia. Galal will be one of the poets presented in the event.
Monday March 4, 2019 at 7:00 pm Poetry Café, 22 Betterton Street, London UK WC2H 9BX
Political prisoners Galal El-Behairy, Islam Khalil, Shady Elghazaly, Abdelfatah Elbana and Ahmed AbuAlam started a hunger strike in the midnight on January 25th, which will last until February 11th, to remind us all of the Egyptian revolution and of them all being suffering from injustice. On July 31, Galal was sentenced to three years in prison because of his poetry.
Our first working day of the 2019 with the wonderful team @pastemagazine at Paste Studios NYC. Watch Ramy Essam live @ Paste Studio NYC! 1. Taty Taty 1:10 2. Resala Ela Magles El Amn 11:41 3. Segn Bel Alwan 21:12 4. Lessa Bahinlha 30:25
To draw further international attention to his case Finnish PEN is proud to publish Galal El-Behairy’s new poem, which he has written in Tora Prison on 27 June 2018. Previously PEN centres – Danish PEN, English PEN, Finnish PEN, French PEN, German PEN, Norwegian PEN, PEN America, Swedish PEN – and our colleagues at Arablit and Artists at Risk came together to publish a poem by El-Behairy.
After being detained for 150 days, today July 31 poet Galal El-Behairy was sentenced to 3 years in prison and 10 000 L.E. fine in the Military Court in Cairo, for insulting the military and spreading false news, because of his poetry.
UN human rights experts have urged Egyptian authorities to release poet Galal El-Behairy. “We are alarmed at the arrest and alleged ill-treatment of Mr. El Behairy which appears to be related solely to the peaceful exercise of his right to freedom of artistic expression and creativity,” said the experts. To read more CLICK HERE >
The announcing of Galal El-Behairy’s sentence has been delayed for the third time, until July 31. The sentence was to be announced in the Military Court in Cairo on July 28. Galal El-Behairy has been imprisoned for 147 days, because of his poetry. To read more about the case CLICK HERE >
Today, 27 June, marks National Writing Day in the UK. To mark the day, English PEN are celebrating the power of letter writing. English PEN would love you to get involved with this initiative by writing messages of support to imprisoned poet Galal El-Behairy in Egypt.
In the name of God, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful, My friends, it is with great sorrow that I write to you the following: Time has passed us by…I have spent twenty and some years amongst you as a brother, a friend and a son...
With no forewarning, the Egyptian Military Court let it be known that Galal El-Behairy will be sentenced on May 9. This may be more threatening to his life and well-being than the parallel civilian case. A statement by human rights organizations, diplomats and artists is in preparation. Please sign the petition before it is too late!