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Geneva, on October 23, 2019

The International Centre for Justice and Human Rights (ICJHR) has learned with concern that detained activist and prominent lawyer Mohammad Al-Mansouri has been denied contact with his family and the outside world for over a year.

Mohammed Al-Mansouri is one of the 94 intellectuals, known as the “UAE 94”, who signed the petition for political reform in 2011. He is a prominent lawyer, a doctor of law and member of several human rights organisations and lawyers associations both in the UAE and abroad. He was also the legal adviser to the emirate of Ras Al-Khaima and occupied different other positions in State institutions.

In July 2012, Al-Mansouri was arrested by the State Security forces for his peaceful activism and charged within the mass trial of the “UAE 94”. He was exposed to the usual modus operandi given to peaceful activists and dissidents, disappeared for months, tortured and forced to sign false confessions before being brought to court and sentenced to 10 years imprisonment in the grossly unfair trial of the “UAE 94”.

Mohamed Al-Mansouri was detained at Al-Razeen prison, where he has been kept in appalling conditions and exposed to arbitrary “disciplinary sanctions”, such as solitary confinement and random deprivation of family visits.

Without any contact with the outside world, Dr Al-Mansouri remains outside the protection of the law and may be exposed to torture and ill-treatment without being able to report the violations.

Ahead of the World Tolerance Summit, due to take place on November 13 and 14, 2019 in Dubai, the ICJHR calls upon the UAE government to take effective measures to:

  • Immediately grant Mohamed Al-Mansouri regular contact with his family and allow him to receive visits;
  • Immediately and unconditionally release him and all other prisoners of conscience;
  • Take the necessary measures to comply with the international standards on the treatment of prisoners.

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