All posts tagged: Tal Al-Mallouhi.

‘Calling a halt to killings in Syria’ , Irish Times 28/04/2012.

Calling a halt to killings in Syria Sir, – Credible reports that Syrian security forces have murdered people who have had contact with UN monitors represent a challenge to all of us. The United Nations acts in our name. If silence represents complicity in the face of crimes against humanity, allowing the UN to be used to select people for summary execution makes us even more culpable, unless we take action to stop the killing.The UN Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, even before these most recent crimes, had called for the referral of the Assad regime to the International Criminal Court.In the light of the string of recent atrocities, that makes a mockery of efforts to secure peace in Syria, surely the Dáil and Seanad will demand such action in an urgent resolution, and request the Minister for Foreign Affairs to seek to lobby the Security Council to act.Thousands have died as tanks and artillery have indiscriminately shelled besieged cities and snipers have targeted peaceful protesters. But the most egregious aspect of the Assad …

A Poet in Prison, Tal Al-Mallouhi.

You will remain an example (To Gandhi)   I will walk with all walking people And no I will not stand still Just to watch the passers by   This is my homeland   In which I have A palm tree A drop in a cloud And a grave to protect me   This is more beautiful Than all cities of fog And cities which Do not recognise me   My master: I would like to have power Even for one day To build the “republic of feelings”.   Poem is © Tal Al-Mallouhi , imprisoned in Syria, translated from the Arabic by Ghias Aljundi.   “The Writers in Prison Committee of PEN International condemns the five year sentence handed down on 14 February 2011 to blogger, poet and high school student Tal Al-Mallouhi on the charge of “divulging information to a foreign state”. No evidence has been provided for the charge against her, and PEN International believes that Al-Mallouhi is sentenced for her online writings and poems. This violates right to freedom of expression as guaranteed by Article …