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what do you think about the UPR recommendations to the United Arab Emirates?

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Geneva, 12 April 2018

The International Centre for Justice and Human Rights (ICJHR) has learned that Mr. Ahmed Mansoor, human rights activist and winner of the Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders in 2015, appeared before the Federal Supreme Court in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for the first time on March 14, 2018 and the second hearing took place on April 11, 2018. The charges held against him are unknown. Nevertheless, the court continues to recall his activities and commitment to human rights.

On March 20, 2017, the UAE Security broke into his family home at 3 am in the Emirate of Ajman. He was arrested on charges of publishing posts on the social networking space in which he defended other human rights activists and that were considered by the Public Prosecution of cybercrimes as allegedly inciting hatred, promoting sectarian agenda, harming the national unity and social harmony and damaging or mocking the country's reputation and inciting others to transgress the law.

Mr. Ahmed Mansoor was also subjected to several rights violations including his right not to be subjected to enforced disappearance and arbitrary detention as well as the denial of family visitation and access to his lawyer. Besides, the UN Special Rapporteurs on Human Rights Defenders, the Promotion and Protection of the Right to Freedom of Expression and Opinion, Freedom of Peaceful Assembly and Association, together with the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention and the Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances issued a statement on 28 March 2017 confirming the arbitrary nature of the arrest.

ICJHR calls upon on the UN Special Rapporteurs on Human Rights Defenders, the Promotion and Protection of the Right to Freedom of Expression and Opinion and the Independence of Judges and Lawyers to intervene with the authorities of the United Arab Emirates to immediately release human rights activist Ahmed Mansoor and desist from violating his rights and give him full rehabilitation.

The ICJHR therefore urges the authorities of the United Arab Emirates to:

  1. Promptly and unconditionally release human rights defender Ahmed Mansoor who is solely being detained for the peaceful exercise of his freedom of expression;

  2. Ensure an impartial and independent investigation into the violation of Mr. Ahmed Mansoor’s rights whose house was searched and raided by the State Security Apparatus who confiscated his computers and mobile phones without any judicial permission, and to hold accountable these violators;

  3. Ensure that Mr. Ahmed Mansoor receives a fair trial and public hearing by an independent and impartial Court in accordance with international human rights standards, in particular to reject evidence extracted under torture.