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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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Research
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Censorship and Free Speech

United Arab Emirates (UAE): Appeal Case: Mohammed al-Roken

Dr Mohammed al-Roken is a prominent academic, a former professor of constitutional law, and human rights lawyer. State Security officials arrested him on 17 July 2012. On 2 July 2013, the highest court of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) sentenced him to a 10-year prison sentence following an unfair, mass trial of 94 activists. It became widely known as the “UAE 94” trial.

Date:
23 September 2016
Ref:
MDE 25/4889/2016
  • Campaigns
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Detention

United Arab Emirates (UAE): Further Information: Two siblings’ trial date set for 19 September

On 27 June Amina ‘Abdouli and her brother Mos’ab ‘Abdouli appeared before the Supreme Federal Court in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The court set 19 September for their next trial hearing. Their eldest brother Waleed ‘Abdouli was released on 14 March and their youngest sister Moza ‘Abdouli was acquitted on 30 May.

Date:
18 July 2016
Ref:
MDE 25/4473/2016
  • Campaigns
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Unfair Trials

United Arab Emirates (UAE): Further Information: Egyptian national sentenced to 3 years in prison: Mosaab Ahmed ‘Abdel-‘Aziz Ramadan

On 27 June the Federal Supreme Court in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) sentenced Mosaab Ahmed ‘Abdel-‘Aziz Ramadan to three years in prison followed by deportation. He was tried on charges including running an “international group in the UAE affiliated to the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood”. He has no right to appeal the decision.

Date:
5 July 2016
Ref:
MDE 25/4388/2016
  • Campaigns
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Censorship and Free Speech

United Arab Emirates (UAE): Journalist arrested for Facebook post: Tayseer Salman al-Najjar

Jordanian journalist and poet, Tayseer al-Najjar, was arrested on 13 December 2015 in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates in connection with a comment he posted on his Facebook account in 2014. He has yet to be charged. He may be a prisoner of conscience detained for the peaceful exercise of his right to freedom of expression.

Date:
13 May 2016
Ref:
MDE 25/4019/2016