Open letter for the release of Dr. Mohammed Al-Roken

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Geneva, July 17, 2020

The International Centre for Justice and Human Rights has sent an urgent letter to the International Association of Lawyers and International Organizations to renew its call for the immediate release of imprisoned lawyer and Doctor Mohammed Al-Roken.

Dr. Mohammed Al-Roken is a prominent lawyer and the former President of the UAE’s Jurists Association.  He is known for his incessant defense of human rights victims convicted for State security cases by the Federal Supreme Court.

Al-Roken was a target of continuous harassment. He was subjected to intimidation, threats and travel ban in order to hinder his work as a lawyer and human rights defender in the UAE; in flagrant breach of the lawyer’s right to professional immunity and personal safety in accordance with the basic principles on the role of lawyers adopted by the Eighth United Nations Congress on the Prevention of Crime and the Treatment of Offenders in Havana, September 7, 1990.

The ICJHR also mentioned that eight years have passed since the arbitrary arrest of Dr. Mohammed Al-Roken, on July 17, 2012 and reminded of the multiple violations perpetrated against him. He was tried as part of what has become known as the ‘UAE 94’ case with no fair trial guarantees. The court sentenced him to 10 years imprisonment in addition to administrative control and prevention of practicing law. Dr. Al-Roken is still detained in Al Razeen prison, where he is exposed to ill-treatment by the authorities.

In this letter, the ICJHR urged International Association of Lawyers, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges, Lawyers and Human Rights Organizations to renew their solidarity with Lawyer Dr. Mohammad Al-Roken and called upon the UAE authorities to immediately release him, grant him the right to reparation and rehabilitation and bring to justice those responsible for his sufferings.

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