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Take Action: Read and share Galal El-Behairy’s work

Updated: Jun 23, 2019

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.


Read Galal El-Behairy’s The Tartan Shirt on Finnish PEN’s Free Word blog (see for more entries in Finnish). The poem is availabe also in Arabic here.


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. The poem was read aloud in a #FreeGalal protest by Finnish PEN and Artists at Risk at the Embassy of Egypt in Helsinki on the World Refugee Day 20 June and given to the embassy personnel and at the Freedom of Expression Club in Helsinki on 9 June 2018.

Read Galal El-Behairy’s A letter from Tora Prison in EnglishFinnish (by Sampsa Peltonen) and Arabic.


Finnish PEN has also published Galal El-Behairy’s personal statement.


Share details of Galal El-Behairy’s case Please use tags #FreeGalal #PrisonersOfBalaha on Facebook, Twitter and other social media.


Write to him If you would be interested in sending a message of support to Galal El-Behairy, please email cat (at) englishpen.org


Write to the authorities Send letters of appeal to the Egyptian authorities:

Protesting the continued imprisonment of poet Galal El-Behairy and calling for his immediate and unconditional release;

Demanding that the authorities ensure the full respect of his rights as a prisoner, in accordance with international human rights standards;

Urging the authorities to quash his sentence and to end the judicial proceedings against El-Behairy, as he is being held solely for her peaceful exercise of his right to freedom of expression;

Asking the authorities to guarantee the peaceful exercise of the right to freedom of expression in Egypt, including the release of all detainees held in violation of Article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights to which Egypt is a State party.


President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, Office of the President Al Ittihadia Palace Cairo Egypt Fax: +202 2 391 1441 Email: p.spokesman@op.gov.eg Moh_moussa@op.gov.eg Salutation: Your Excellency Twitter: @AlsisiOfficial


Minister of Defence Mr. Mohamed Ahmed Zaki 23 El-Khalifa El-Maamoun st El-Qobba Bridge, Al Waili Cairo Governorate Egypt Salutation: Dear Minister


Minister of Justice Mohamed Hossam Abdel Rahim Ministry of Justice Lazoghly Sq Cairo Egypt Fax: +202 2 795 8103 Email: mjustice@moj.gov.eg Salutation: Dear Minister

Please also send letters to the Embassy of the Egypt in your country. Addresses may be found here. The e-mail adress to the Embassy of Egypt in Finland is embegypt.helsinki@hotmail.com


Don’t forget to sign and share the #FreeGalal petition at change.org and see the case updates on the #FreeGalal site.

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