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Somaliland: Free Poet Detained for Critical Poems

Expand Abdirahman Abees.  © 2019 Private (Nairobi, February 19, 2019) – Somaliland authorities should immediately and unconditionally release from arbitrary detention Abdirahman Ibrahim Adan, a poet known as "Abdirahman Abees," Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International said today. Abdirahman, a popular Somaliland poet and British dual citizen, has been held at the central prison in Hargeisa, the capital of Somaliland, for over a month, solely for the peaceful exercise of his right to freedom of expression. Police officers arrested him on January 12, 2019 as he was having lunch at Hargeisa’s…

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