English PEN protests arbitrary detention of Ahmed Mansoor
English Pen expressed its deep concerns about the ongoing arbitrary detention of Ahmed Mansoor, a well-known writer and human rights defender who was arrested on 20 March 2017 for peacefully exercising his right to freedom of expression.
PEN calls for the release of prominent writer human rights defender Ahmed Mansoor .
On 4 April 2017, Ahmed Mansoor was transferred to the high security al-Sadr prison in Abu Dhabi after being charged by the Public Prosecution for Cybercrimes of publishing false information and rumours as well as promoting sectarian agenda through his writings on social media. PEN believes that these charges are in violation of the right to freedom of expression and call upon the UAE authorities to immediately release him and drop all charges, and to ensure full respect of his right to freedom of expression and opinion.