Ahmed Mansoor completes his third year in isolation at Al-Sadr prison

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Geneva, on March 20, 2020

Today marks the third year since the arbitrary arrest of prominent human rights activist and laureate of the Martin Ennals Award, Ahmed Mansoor, in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Mansoor was arrested by the State Security forces on March 20, 2017 and placed in solitary confinement with no contact with his family and lawyer for several months.

Ahmed Mansoor was known as the “last human rights defender” due to his relentless work to defend human rights and denounce injustices in the UAE. Before his arrest, human rights defenders Dr Mohamed Al-Roken, Dr Mohammed Al-Mansouri and Dr Nasser Bin Ghaith and many other peaceful activists were arrested or silenced for their peaceful defence of human rights.

Despite the constant pressure and intimidation of the authorities, Ahmed refused to be silenced and continued to raise the situation of human rights in the country and speak up for the victims.

On May 29, 2018, Ahmed was sentenced to 10 years in prison and a 1-million Dirhams fine for “publishing false information to damage the reputation of the UAE” among other vague charges. On December 31, 2018, his sentence was upheld by the State Security Chamber of the Federal Supreme Court.

Ahmed has been held in isolation in deplorable conditions at Al-Sadr prison since his arrest. He went on hunger strike on several occasions to protest his arbitrary detention, and the deplorable conditions of his detention at Al-Sadr prison. To this day, Ahmed Mansoor is one of many prisoners of conscience languishing in Emirati jails solely for their peaceful exercise of their right to freedom of expression.

In October 2019, over 150 rights organisations submitted an open letter to the President of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, urging him to immediately and unconditionally release Ahmed Mansoor. Ahmed has been exposed to severe torture and ill-treatment at Al-Sadr prison.

The International Centre for Justice and Human Rights is extremely concerned by reports about Ahmed Mansoor being exposed to beatings and ill-treatment. The ICJHR urges the authorities to immediately address the situation of Ahmed Mansoor and release him without delay.

For more information, please contact us at info@ic4jhr.org.

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