Government Of Qatar: Release Dorje Gurung
  • Petitioned His Excellency Mohamed Bin Abdulla Al-Rumaihi

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Qatari Ambassador To USA
His Excellency Mohamed Bin Abdulla Al-Rumaihi
Qatari Ambassador To USA
His Excellency Mohamed Bin Abdulla Al-Rumaihi

Government Of Qatar: Release Dorje Gurung

    1. Nathan Armogan
    2. Petition by

      Nathan Armogan

      Las Vegas, NV

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May 2013

Victory

Your voices have been heard and has made all the difference. Dorje has been released, all charges have been dropped and he is now safely back in Nepal. I ask that each one of you continue to make your voice be heard for others, who like Dorje, have found themselves in similar circumstances.

On behalf of Dorje and his family, we thank you for all your support

I met Dorje Gurung in 1996 during my second year at an international school in Norway. I was a long way from home -- I grew up in South Africa -- but teachers like Dorje made me feel welcome and part of a global community.

Dorje’s a great guy and a gifted teacher. At the school he often led hiking and kayaking trips and was very involved with student activities. He knew what it is like for someone like me to be in a new country. Dorje grew up in Nepal and like me received a scholarship to go abroad to finish the last two years of high school. After finishing college in Iowa, Dorje decided to give back by teaching at schools like the one he had attended.

Dorje has lived in eight countries and has taught at schools with kids from over 85 nations. That is why I was shocked to hear that Dorje has been jailed in Qatar on charges of “insulting Islam” and faces seven years in prison for what seems to be a misunderstanding.

Two years ago, Dorje took a job teaching at a school in Qatar. According to news reports, Dorje had been recently having problems with students who did not respect his authority, in part due to his nationality.

According to the Doha News:

(T)he seventh graders poked fun at his appearance, calling him “Jackie Chan,” a famous Chinese actor.... (T)he mocking again began in earnest while Gurung was in line for lunch. At first, he said the teasing was light-hearted, but then one student put his hand on Gurung’s shoulder and a finger in the teacher’s nose. At this point, Gurung grew agitated and said remarks to the effect of, how would you like to be stereotyped i.e. called a terrorist?

After trying to get the students to reflect on their actions, he was fired from his job and later arrested.

Dorje shouldn’t be in prison for trying to teach his students to be tolerant of people from other countries.

There is growing international attention to his case and we fervently hope that Qatar will uphold their international reputation of being a tolerant and welcoming country.

Please sign my petition to show the Qatari government that the people of the world are paying attention to this case and show them they should release Dorje immediately.

Recent signatures

    News

    1. The Eagle has landed

      Nathan Armogan
      Petition Organizer

      Overjoyed to let you all know that Dorje has landed safely in Nepal. He is in good spirits. Thank you all so much from the bottom of my heart

    2. Dorje Update

      Nathan Armogan
      Petition Organizer

      As some of you may know Dorje has been released from Qatari prison and is awaiting the processing of paperwork so that he may return to Nepal. Until this occurs we remain cautiously optimistic. Will provide a definitive update soon. We are so humbled by your outpouring of support

    3. Reached 12,500 signatures
    4. Updates On Dorje and Support Activities

      Nathan Armogan
      Petition Organizer

      Many of you have requested updates on Dorje's current status and also the other activities that are going on to support him. Pls share and like the Free Dorje Gurung facebook page https://www.facebook.com/FreeDorjeGurung and the tumblr site that has been set up http://freedorje.tumblr.com

    5. Let's keep going people

      Nathan Armogan
      Petition Organizer

      10,000 x 10 = 100,000. Take 10 mins to invite 10 friends to sign

    6. Reached 10,000 signatures
    7. Reached 1,500 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Abinash Parajuli KATHMANDU, NEPAL
      • about 1 year ago

      Justice matters to me indifferent to caste, creed or color

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    • Sarah Hallas MADISON, WI
      • about 1 year ago

      He was a student at my college alma mater.

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    • Prof. Stanley Dubinsky COLUMBIA, SC
      • about 1 year ago

      You country's actions with respect to Mr. Gurung are insulting to Islam. Stop it.

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    • Mariana Andersson MALMö, SWEDEN
      • about 1 year ago

      Because I know Dorje, and that this must be a mistake, since he is an gentle, honest and sincere person doing good, in his profession and in life. A loving person.

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    • Linda Revington STROUD, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 1 year ago

      Open dialogues are always important for understanding one another

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