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Ahmed Mansoor

Status:

Detained

DATE OF BIRTH:
VIOLATION:
  • Unfair trial
  • Arbitrary detention
  • Torture, inhumane and degrading treatment
  • Freedom of expression
  • DATE OF VIOLATION:
  • April 2011 arrest
  • March 2017 arrest
  • May 2018 sentenced to 10 years in prison
  • COUNTRY:

    UAE

    OBJECTIVE:
    Immediate release of Ahmed Mansour Changes to the cybercrime and freedom of expression laws of the UAE
    DETAINED ROLE:

    Detained International has joined other NGOs in publicly calling and campaigning for the immediate release of Ahmed Mansour.

    Ahmed Mansour is an award-winning Human Rights activist who was sentenced to 10 years in prison by the UAE during May 2018 simply because he had made peaceful calls for reform on social media specifically on Twitter.

    Mansoor, an Emirati who in 2015 won the highly regarded Martin Ennals award for defending Human Rights was detained by the UAE authorities in 2011.  Later that year, the Supreme Court in Abu Dhabi sentenced him to three years in jail for insulting the country’s top officials.  Although he was pardoned, he was subjected to a travel ban, and also suffered physical assaults, invasive surveillance and cyber-attacks.  He was then arrested again in March 2017 after criticising the UAE’s prosecution of activists who had criticised the regime and jailed a year later despite being denied access to a lawyer, an abuse of his rights under international law.  He has also been critical of the regimes of Egypt and Yemen over Human Rights violations.

    He is a member of Human Rights Watch’s Middle East advisory committee and has been on several hunger strikes to draw attention to his plight and that of others.,

    LATEST UPDATES:

    Ahmed remains detained in 2020 which is now more than 3 years.

    On Ahmed’s 50th birthday in October 2019 Detained International joined over 100 other NGOs in called on the UAE to release him.

    HOW YOU CAN HELP:

    Support NGOs campaigning for the release of Ahmed, including Amnesty and Human Rights watch.

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