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Yemen: Urgent investigation needed into UAE torture network and possible US role

Following an Associated Press investigation alleging that United Arab Emirates (UAE) and its allied Yemeni security forces are arbitrarily detaining and torturing detainees, who are also being interrogated by US forces in a network of secret prisons across Southern Yemen, Lynn Maalouf, Director of Research at Amnesty International in the Middle East said:  “A UN-led investigation must immediately be launched into the UAE’s and other parties’ role in setting up this horrific network of torture.

Date:
22 June 2017
  • Campaigns
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Censorship and Free Speech

United Arab Emirates: Further information: Prison sentence and fine upheld for journalist: Tayseer Salman al-Najjar

The Federal Supreme Court in Abu Dhabi, in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), upheld the conviction and sentence of Tayseer Salman al-Najjar on 19 June. The Jordanian poet and journalist was arrested on 13 December 2015 and is serving a three-year prison sentence for comments he posted on Facebook that were “damaging [to] the reputation and prestige of the Emirati state”. He is a prisoner of conscience.

Date:
21 June 2017
Ref:
MDE 25/6553/2017
  • Research
  • Middle East and North Africa
  • Prisoners of Conscience

United Arab Emirates (UAE): End the arbitrary imprisonment of prominent rights defender Ahmed Mansoor

The Martin Ennals Foundation and the ten human rights organizations that make up the jury of the Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders (MEA), today renewed their appeal to the government of the United Arab Emirates to release immediately and unconditionally Ahmed Mansoor, the last remaining human rights defender in the UAE who had previously been able to criticize the authorities publicly.

Date:
20 June 2017
Ref:
MDE 25/6552/2017
  • News
  • Qatar
  • Discrimination

Gulf / Qatar dispute: Human dignity trampled and families facing uncertainty as sinister deadline passes

Thousands of people in the Gulf face the prospect of their lives being further disrupted and their families torn apart as new arbitrary measures announced by Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in the context of their dispute with Qatar are due to come into force from today, said Amnesty International. The three Gulf states had given their citizens the deadline of 19 June to leave Qatar and return to their respective countries or face fines and other unspecified consequences.

Date:
19 June 2017
  • News
  • Bahrain
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Families ripped apart, freedom of expression under attack amid political dispute in Gulf

Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are toying with the lives of thousands of Gulf residents as part of their dispute with Qatar, splitting up families and destroying peoples’ livelihoods and education, Amnesty International said today. The organization’s researchers have interviewed dozens of people whose human rights have been affected by a series of sweeping measures imposed in an arbitrary manner by the three Gulf countries in their dispute with Qatar.

Date:
9 June 2017
  • Research
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Internet and Social Media

UAE: Free Prominent Rights Defender Ahmed Mansoor Held on Speech-Related Charges

Authorities in the United Arab Emirates should immediately release Ahmed Mansoor, an award-winning human rights defender who is facing charges that violate his right to freedom of expression, a coalition of 18 human rights organizations said in a joint statement on 20 April, one month after his arrest. Ahmed Mansoor, who received the prestigious Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders in 2015, has been in detention since 20 March 2017.

Date:
20 April 2017
Ref:
MDE 25/6094/2017
  • News
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Censorship and Free Speech

UAE: Prominent academic jailed for 10 years over tweets in outrageous blow to freedom of expression

In response to the sentencing today of human rights defender Dr Nasser bin Ghaith at the Federal Appeal Court in Abu Dhabi Amnesty International’s Lynn Maalouf, Deputy Director for Research at the organization’s Beirut office said: “Today’s sentencing of prominent economist, academic and human rights defender Dr Nasser bin Ghaith to 10 years in prison is yet another devastating blow for freedom of expression in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Date:
29 March 2017
  • Campaigns
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

United Arab Emirates: Release Emirati Human Rights Defender Ahmed Mansoor!

Emirati human rights defender and blogger Ahmed Mansoor, who is well-known and respected in the Middle East and North Africa region, has been detained in Abu Dhabi since his arrest at his home on 20 March 2017 in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). At around midnight on 20 March, a group of 12 security officials entered Ahmed Mansoor’s family home in the city of Ajman and conducted an extensive search for electronic devices.

Date:
28 March 2017
  • Research
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Internet and Social Media

United Arab Emirates: Stop paying lip service to human rights and release Dr Nasser Bin Ghaith

A coalition of ten human rights organizations today urged the United Arab Emirates (UAE) authorities to immediately and unconditionally release Dr Nasser Bin Ghaith, a prominent economist, academic and human rights defender, who faces a verdict in his case on 29 March 2017. He has been imprisoned in solitary confinement since his arrest in August 2015.

Date:
28 March 2017
Ref:
MDE 25/5968/2017
  • Campaigns
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Disappearances

UAE: Further information: Human rights defender's whereabouts unknown: Ahmed Mansoor

Prominent Emirati human rights defender and blogger Ahmed Mansoor was arrested at his home in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on 20 March. His whereabouts are unknown. Amnesty International fears that he has been subjected to enforced disappearance and is at risk of torture and other ill treatment. He is a prisoner of conscience.

Date:
21 March 2017
Ref:
MDE 25/5923/2017
  • Campaigns
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Detention

Further information: United Arab Emirates: Journalist charged for Facebook post: Tayseer Salman al-Najjar

Jordanian poet and journalist Tayseer Salman al-Najjar appeared before the Criminal Chamber of the Federal Appeal Court in Abu Dhabi on 18 January, and again on 1 February, facing charges of “damaging the reputation and prestige of the Emirati state”, in connection with a comment he posted on Facebook. His next hearing has been scheduled for 15 February.

Date:
14 February 2017
Ref:
MDE 25/5681/2017
  • News
  • Qatar
  • Censorship and Free Speech

GCC summit: Systematic clampdown on freedom of expression in Gulf

The appalling human rights records of states in the Gulf must not be swept under the carpet when member states of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) gather in the Bahraini capital, Manama, this week (6-7 December) for their annual summit, said Amnesty International today. Human rights will be notably absent from the agenda at the annual meeting when the six GCC states - Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) - come together to discuss trade and security cooperation, with no mention of the widespread crackdown witnessed across the region on the grounds of security.

Date:
5 December 2016
  • News
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Disappearances

UAE: Behind the glamour of the Grand Prix, human rights languish in the pit lane

Ahead of the season finale of the Formula 1 Grand Prix in Abu Dhabi this weekend, Amnesty International’s Middle East Deputy Director of Campaigns, Samah Hadid, said: “This weekend, as sports fans around the world turn their eyes to Abu Dhabi, the capital of the UAE, which is hosting the season finale of the Formula 1 Grand Prix, the country’s appalling human rights record continues to escape scrutiny.

Date:
25 November 2016