STATEMENT
Saudi Arabia: Authorities must release Yemeni writer Marwan Al-Muraisy
25 Sep 2018
BY INDEX ON CENSORSHIP
Marwan Al-Muraisy (Image: PEN International)
Marwan Al-Muraisy (Image: PEN International)

ALQST for Human Rights in Saudi Arabia, English PEN, the Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR), Index on Censorship, and PEN International call on the authorities in Saudi Arabia to release Yemeni writer and online activist Marwan Al-Muraisy, who has been subject to enforced disappearance since June.

On 01 June 2018, security forces arrested Al-Muraisy from his home and transferred him to an unknown location. Reliable reports confirmed that he is being held incommunicado. To date, Al-Muraisy’s family have been denied information about the charges against him, the location where he is being held and are unable to visit him.

Al-Muraisy, born in 1982, moved from Yemen to Saudi Arabia in 2003 and began his journalism career the following year. He has worked for several Saudi media outlets, including TV channels Al-Majd and Al-Resalah. His Twitter account has more than 100,000 followers, with his tweets focusing on his areas of specialisation, including digital media and human development. He has prepared more than 30 television programmes and has been a guest on a number of television programmes dealing with technology and social media. Al-Muraisy wrote one book, published in 2013, entitled “Sparrow’s Milk”.

The arrest of Marwan Al-Muraisy is part of a string of arrests that included dozens of academics, writers, journalists and human rights defenders, including prominent women’s rights activists, since 15 May 2018. The arrests have targeted human rights defenders calling for women to be allowed to drive, and to live free of the guardianship system.

In June 2018, women were finally permitted to drive in Saudi Arabia, but the crackdown seems designed to deter any criticism of the Kingdom or its rulers. Hundreds of human rights defenders, intellectuals and other activists are already imprisoned and serving lengthy sentences in Saudi Arabia, many from banned NGOs.

Saudi authorities should clarify Al-Muraisy’s situation and ensure that all his civic and human rights are respected. He should be released immediately and unconditionally in order to get back to pursuing his successful career as a writer.

Signed:

ALQST for Human Rights in Saudi Arabia
English PEN
Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR)
Index on Censorship
PEN International

Malta: Renewed call for justice 1,000 days after the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia

Index on Censorship joins 12 other organisations in calling on Maltese authorities to honour her legacy and ensure that those implicated in her murder are brought to justice

English PEN and Index on Censorship condemn prison sentence for Filipino journalist Maria Ressa as a “dark day for media freedom everywhere”

Rappler CEO Maria Ressa has been given a sentence of up to six years in prison under a cyber libel law that didn’t exist when the article in question was published

Index urges President Trump to speak out forcefully for press freedom

We have joined with 71 other press freedom organisations to write to the President of the United States to call on him to condemn recent attacks on the media

Index welcomes news of Nabeel Rajab’s release but all charges must be dropped

Index welcomes release of Bahraini human rights activist Nabeel Rajab on Tuesday but all charges against him must also be dropped

Comments are closed.

Index logo white

Join us to protect and promote freedom of speech in the UK and across the world.
Since 1972, Index on Censorship has been leading the campaign for free expression.
Our award-winning magazine originally provided the platform for the untold stories of dissidents and resistance from behind the Iron Curtain and is now a home for some of the greatest campaigning writers of our age.
Journalistic freedom, artistic expression, the right to protest, the right to speak your mind, wherever you live.  These are the founding principles of Index on Censorship.
So join us, by subscribing to our newsletter or making a donation, to use your voice to ensure that everyone else can be heard too.
Go to the Index on Censorship home page