UAE authorities retaliate against human rights activist: HRW | Human Rights News

Human Rights Watch (HRW) and Gulf Human Rights Center (GCHR) stated that last year the regional media published a prison letter describing how he was ill-treated and unfairly tried during his detention. De Mansour retaliated.

A person familiar with the situation told these groups that after the letter was published in July 2021, the UAE authorities moved Mansour to a smaller and more isolated cell, prevented him from receiving intensive care, and confiscated his old man. Reading glasses HRW Wrote in a statement on Friday.

Human Rights Watch said that since Mansour was detained in March 2017, the UAE authorities have quarantined him for the most part, isolated him from other prisoners, and denied him a bed or mattress.

The human rights watchdog called on the United Nations and the UAE’s allies—the United States, the United Kingdom and other countries—to publicly and privately call for an end to Mansour’s isolation and to release him unconditionally.

Human Rights Watch’s Deputy Director of the Middle East, Michael Page, said: “Allies have been helping to promote the UAE’s claims of a tolerant and culturally open country while ignoring rampant abuses, including the legal construction of railways and one of its most respected citizens. Terrible abuse.”.

“The United Nations Human Rights Council should not remain silent when its member UAE blatantly violates human rights standards and prevents the United Nations and other international and independent monitors from entering its prisons.”

In June 2021, for the first time since 1986, the member states of the United Nations elected the UAE for the 2022-23 term of the United Nations Security Council. In October, the UAE won membership of the United Nations Human Rights Council for the third time.

Mansour was detained in al-Sadr prison near Abu Dhabi. The National Security Chamber of the Court of Appeal of Abu Dhabi sentenced to 10 years in prison on May 29, 2018 after “unfair trial of false allegations”. Human Rights Watch Say.

In a prison letter published on July 16 by Arabi21, a London-based Arab news website, Mansour wrote that the authorities kept him in solitary confinement indefinitely, deprived him of basic necessities, and did not allow him to interact with other prisoners or prisons. Long make any meaningful contact. outside world.

In January 2021, HRW and GCHR published details of his abuse in a report. Report Titled, The Persecution of Ahmed Mansour: How the United Arab Emirates suppressed its most famous human rights activist.

“Our brave colleague Ahmed Mansour is facing a very dangerous goal that threatens his life,” said Khalid Ibrahim, executive director of GCHR.

“In addition to completely isolating him from the outside world and preventing him from obtaining necessary medical services, the authorities are also systematically trying to provide him with psychological treatment. This requires urgent action by all international mechanisms and governments concerned with human rights to save his life,” Ibrahim said.

These organizations stated that the UAE National Security Agency has violated Mansour’s rights through arbitrary arrests and detentions, death threats, physical attacks, government surveillance, and inhumane treatment for more than 10 years.

Human Rights Watch wrote that by keeping Mansour in isolation for nearly four years, which amounts to torture, the UAE authorities violated the provisions of the United Nations Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment ratified by the UAE in 2012 Obligations.

Since 2011, HRW and GCHR have documented allegations of abuse by national security forces against dissidents and activists who raise human rights issues, including arbitrary detention, enforced disappearance, and torture.