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United Arab Emirates: Freedom of expression must be upheld at all times, not only tolerated during Hay Festival Abu Dhabi

, Index number: MDE 25/1859/2020

Over 50 organizations call on the Emirati authorities to demonstrate their respect for the right to freedom of expression by freeing all human rights defenders imprisoned for expressing themselves peacefully online, including academics, writers, a poet and lawyers. In the context of the Hay Festival, the UAE’s Ministry of Tolerance is promoting a platform for freedom of expression, while keeping behind bars Emirati citizens and residents who shared their own views and opinions. The organizations support the efforts of festival participants to speak up in favour of all those whose voices have been silenced in the UAE.

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