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UAE: The Government Should Release the 5 Activists on Hunger Strike Immediately and without Restriction or Condition
Beirut, 23 November, 2011 – The five detained human rights defenders: Nasser bin Gaith, an economy professor at Sorbonne-Abu Dhabi, Ahmed Mansoor, a human rights activist and blogger, Fahad Salim Dalk, Hassan Ali Al-Khamis and Ahmed Abdul Khaleq, online activists, have entered the second week of their hunger strike, which they began on November 13, 2011 and as mentioned in their joint statement issued on November 11, 2011 they will continue the hunger strike until the UAE authorities release them unconditionally and end all judicial proceedings against them. They made it clear that this hunger strike is not directed against anyone but only for justice.
The human rights violations committed by the UAE authorities against the five activists include: the charges that have proven to be false by the defense team and that the whole world knew these charges are purely politically motivated, prolonged detention which is not justified, and ill-treatment in prison. This Pattern of violations is contrary to what Article 12 of the UN Declaration on Human Rights Defenders intended that "the State shall take all necessary measures to ensure the protection of the competent authorities of everyone, individually and in association with others, against any violence, threats, retaliation, adverse discrimination facto or de jure, or pressure, or any other arbitrary action” as a result of the legitimate exercise of their civil and human rights.
The Gulf Centre for Human Rights has received Information today confirms the serious deterioration in the health of the five activists, besides their extreme suffering from different diseases and the continued ill-treatment in prison. The Gulf Centre for Human Rights is extremely concerned for their safety and also for their physical and psychological integrity. We call on the UAE government to release the 5 activists immediately and unconditionally and drop all the charges against them.
Please write immediately in English or in Arabic:
• To express your concern about the serious health condition for the five activists after their hunger strike entered its second week as well as to protest the cruel treatment they receive in prison;
• • To urge the authorities in the UAE to abandon the trial and release the five human rights defenders immediately and unconditionally and drop all the charges against them;
• • • To express your refusal to the severe suppression of the legitimate people’s rights, in particular the activists, such as freedom of expression, assembly, and association by the UAE authorities despite their claim to have the desire to build a modern state.
Please Send Appeals before 27 November 2011 To:
Vice-President and Prime Minister
H.H. Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al-Maktoum
Office of the Prime Minister
Fax: +971 4 3531974
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior
H.H. Sheikh Saif Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan
Minister of Interior
Human Rights Directorate
Fax: +971 2 4414938
Minister of Foreign Affairs
H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahya
Fax: +971 2 4447766
Minister of Justice
His Excellency Dr. Hadef Jawa'an Al Dhaheri
Minister of Justice
United Arab Emirates
Fax: +971 2 681 5155
For more information, please contact:
Bahrain: Nabeel Rajab (Arabic and English) +973-396-333-99
Lebanon: Khalid Ibrahim (Arabic and English) +961-701-595-52
The Gulf Centre for Human Rights is an independent centre and has been recently created and registered in Ireland. The Centre works to strengthen support for human rights defenders and independent journalists in Bahrain, Iraq, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Yemen.