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Geneva, On May 12. 2014

The lawyer Mohamed Errokon arrested since July 17, 2012, was transferred to a solitary confinement to Errazin prison. Security services of the state forbade Errokon contact with his family in order to isolate him from the outside world. Her elderly mother has been banned from visiting him when she came from far (about 200 km) and in the usual day of the visit. Prison authorities have put forward Nepalese guards to prevent her from entering.

Transfer of Errokon is the latest in a series of measures to isolate prisoners of conscience without valid reason including Ali Al Khaja, Fehd Hajeri El-Abdallah El-Hjeri, Hedef Laawis, Abderrahmane El-Hadidi and Saif El Ajla, Khalifa Naimi, Lawyer Salem Chehi and Tarek Kattan. Solitary confinement is cruel and inhuman violation of prisoners' rights.

Mohamed Errokon was the lawyer of the seven prisoners of conscience and former president of the UAE lawyers association. He was tried in July 2012 to ten years in prison.
The isolation of prisoners seems to be a political will to punish, demoralize and humiliate them. Often called "white torture" isolation has serious psychological and physical effects.

It's a form of psychological torture that violated the Article 5 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which states that "no one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading" and the Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights which states that "no one shall be subjected to torture or to inhuman or degrading treatment."

The International Center for Justice and Human Rights (ICJHR) condemns the worsening oppression to Me Errokon activists and human rights, and calls on the UAE authorities to:
1. Stop these systematic violations against political prisoners
2. Release Me Errokon and all prisoners of conscience and human rights defenders
3. Make public the criteria for the isolation of prisoners
4. Ratify the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture. It allows independent international bodies regularly visit places of detention to assess the conditions of detention and make recommendations for their improvement.

The ICJHR urges the Special Rapporteur on Torture to urgently intervene in the case of Mohamed Errokon and require the Emirati government respect its commitments. In addition, it calls on human rights organizations and lawyers to express their solidarity with the lawyer Mohammed Errokon and support him in his legitimate struggle to reform the judicial system and demand justice in the United Arab Emirates.

For information contact us at +41 78 835 60 77 or by email. Icjhr.geneva @ gmail.com