In a Freedom Forward letter released today, prominent US writers Khaled Hosseini, Nafisa Haji, Aisha Sultan, and Susanne Pari are urging US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to support Bahraini activists who have faced a government crackdown.
The authors urge Secretary Clinton to secure the freedom of Bahraini poet Ayat al-Qarmezi and other peaceful Bahraini reform activists.
The authors state, “We are concerned that the US military relationship with Bahrain’s unelected government may be coming at the expense of our support for democracy activists in the country. The sentencing of Ayat al-Qarmezi and countless others requires us to take a stand for their freedom.
The letter is signed by:
- Khaled Hosseini, Author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns.
- Nafisa Haji, Author of The Writing on My Forehead and The Sweetness of Tears; Freedom Forward Boardmember.
- Aisha Sultan, Journalist.
- Susanne Pari, Author of The Fortune Catcher).