Posted on October 20, 2020 at 9:05 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek
Organizers say the Hay Literature Festival will not return to Abu Dhabi until an official accused of sexual assault is removed from his post.
The Guardian reports that Caitlin McNamara, curator of Hay’s first sister festival in the capital of the United Arab Emirates, has accused that country’s minister of tolerance of assaulting her a few weeks before the inaugural event began.
McNamara reported Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan’s actions at that time but asked that the festival still go on; she decided to make her case public after there were delays in her legal proceedings.
The UAE Ministry of Tolerance funded the event, which was billed as a way to promote freedom of expression, human rights, and women’s rights in the nation.
You can read more about McNamara’s claims in the Guardian.
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