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POETRY-&-ART-LOVERS PETITION GOVERNMENT

23.02.2016

To: Acting Prime Minister,


Hon Xavier Luc Duval,


Treasury Building,


Port Louis.


 


Dear Sir,


 


 We, who support the Palestinian refugee poet and art curator, Ashraf Fayadh, originally sentenced to death and now condemned by the Saudi Arabian authorities to 8 years in prison and 800 lashes following trumped-up charges, call on you, as Acting Prime Minister, to immediately put on hold the Mauritian State’s setting up of an Embassy in Riyadh until such time as the regime in Saudi Arabia begins to respect human rights and freedoms.


 Name (Full Addresses Submited)


 Tania Haberland, poet and reader 


Umar Timol, poet/writer, and reader


Vinesh Hookoomsing, lover of poetry/literature


Yusuf Kadel, poet/writer, reader


Vijay Naraidoo, writer and reader


Dini Lallah, writer and reader


Sarah-Jane Naraina, reader


Indranee Canthiram, reader


Mala Toussaint, lover of literature


Percy Yip Tong, literature lover


Jean Marie Richard, lover of literature


Norman Tambanivoul, reader


Laval Yves, supporter of Ashraf Faydh’s freedom


Lindsey Collen, writer, poet


Rada Kistnasamy, present at reading for Ashraf Fayadh


Anne-Marie Joly, reader and lover of literature


Rajni Lallah, supporter of Ashraf Faydh’s freedom


Begum Budulla, reader


Alain Ah-Vee,, present at reading for Ashraf Fayadh


Ram Seegobin, present at reading for Ashraf Fayadh


Roland Boussac, present at reading for Ashraf Fayadh


Ragini Kistnasamy, present at reading for Ashraf Fayadh


Pushpa Lallah .


Reeaz Chuttoo, supporter of Ashraf Faydh’s freedom


Helina Dookhee, poetry lover .


Richard Sedley Assone, poet, reader .


Gaston Valayden, dramaturge, reader .


Jane Ragoo, supporter of Ashraf Faydh’s freedom


Krishna Lutchoomun, artist


Pascal Nadal, lover and teacher of literature


Noor Adam Essack, reader


Alain Fanchon, poet and reader


Aqiil Goopee, writer, reader.


Henri Favory, dramturge and reader


Marie-France Favory, dramturge and reader


Abdul Hamid Hossenbux, at reading for Ashraf Fayadh


Vincent Pellegrin, reader


George Herchenroder, present at reading for Ashraf Fayadh


Henry Kums, artist


Ludovico Alessandro Chiara


 


22 February, 2016


Through LALIT, 153 Main Rd, GRNW, Port Louis.


208 5551


 


 Editor’s Note:


It is interesting to note that the European Parliament is on 25 February introducing a motion to impose an arms embargo on Saudi Arabia. Here is the content of a petition signed by many LALIT members in support of the motion, world-wide on Avaaz:


https://secure.avaaz.org/en/no_more_saudi_arms_deals_loc/?bZczReb&v=72732&cl=9489634320


“As concerned citizens from across the globe, we strongly urge you to suspend all arms deals with Saudi Arabia until they end their assaults in Yemen and begin a genuine peace process. With 119 violations of international humanitarian law documented in a recent UN report, it's unacceptable to look the other way when Saudi Arabia could be using weapons from our countries to indiscriminately bomb civilians.”


 Meanwhile, we read that Mauritius is supposed to be contributing to some military exercise of Saudi Arabia!