To mark the 5th anniversary of the UAE94 group’s grossly unfair trial, the International Centre for Justice and Human Rights (ICJHR) invites you to join our campaign to show solidarity with these prisoners of conscience, detained for exercising their freedom of expression and urge the United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) government to issue their immediate release.
The UAE94 group consists of human right lawyers, academics, students, professionals and teachers who were unfairly tried on the charge of “founding and administrating an institution aimed at overthrowing the government”. Of the 94 that were tried, 69 were sentenced to imprisonment and 25 acquitted. Join us and show the UAE that we have not forgotten about the UAE94 and will continue to call for their release until they are set free. We urge you to use all possible communication tools including letters, videos, social media– Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc – to raise awareness about the UAE94, show solidarity with them and call for the unconditional release.
We also encourage you to write to the UAE government, to newspapers to write about the UAE 94 to express your solidarity.
Share with us your action taken to call for the release of these prisoners and all prisoners of conscience in UAE.
Please use the hashtags #FreeUAE94 and #SolidaritywithUAE94 – irrespective of the language in which you tweet. If everyone does, it is easy to find and retweet the tweets of others.
TO WRITE TO THE GOVERNMENT
Write a letter; send an email, call, fax or tweet to:
Minister of Justice
His Excellency Sultan Saeed Al Badi
Ministry of Justice
PO Box: 260
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Fax: +971 2 6810680
Email: Online form
Salutation: Your Excellency
Vice-President and Prime Minister
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum
Prime Minister’s Office
PO Box: 212000
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Fax: +971 4 330 4044
Salutation: Your Highness
And copies to:
Minister of Interior
His Highness Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al-Nahyan
Zayed Sport City, Arab Gulf Street,
Near to Shaikh Zayed Mosque
PO Box: 398
You can write your own tweets, but if you need some inspiration here are some suggested tweets:
– The #UAE94 group of #humanrightsdefenders, lawyers, academics, students and professionals were unfairly tried on this day, 5 years ago because of #freedomofexpression #FreeUAE94 #SolidaritywithUAE94
– The #UAE94 group were subject to #torture and inhuman treatment, unfair trials and #enforceddisappearance in grave violation of international #humanrights law. #FreeUAE94 #SolidaritywithUAE94
– #UAE, we have not forgotten about #UAE94 who remain in prison 5 years after their unfair trials. They are not voiceless and we will continue to campaign for their release. #FreeUAE94 #SolidaritywithUAE94
– Send tweets to the UAE authorities urging them to release the UAE94. Tweets can be sent in particular to Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum @HHShkMohd, the Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and to Dr. Anwar Mohammed Gargash @AnwarGargash, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs. You can also tweet to Saif Bin Zayed Al Nahyan @SaifBZayed, the Minister of Interior of the United Arab Emirates. He is the authority who controls and runs prisons in UAE.
We urge @HHShkMohd @AnwarGargash @SaifBZayed to release the #UAE94 immediately and unconditionally, as they are prisoners of conscience detained solely for peacefully exercising their right to freedom of expression. #FreeUAE94 #SolidaritywithUAE94