Saudi Arabia

Activists seek release of artist sentenced to death in Saudi Arabia

Activists have launched a campaign calling for the release of a poet and artist sentenced to death for apostasy by a court in Saudi Arabia.

Ashraf Fayadh, 35, who is of Palestinian descent and was born and raised in Saudi Arabia, was found guilty by a Saudi court last week of cursing God and atheism based in part on poems published several years ago. He is an artist and art curator who has overseen art shows in Saudi Arabia and Europe.

Fayadh’s supporters are appealing to the government of Saudi Arabia to free him.

“We, the undersigned writers, artists, journalists and academics strongly reject the trial of Palestinian poet Ashraf [Fayadh] over the...