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Dr Naser Bin Ghaith transferred to Al Rezin prison

The Emirati authorities have  transferred Dr Naser Bin Ghaith to  Al Rezin prison.

The Al Rezin prison is known in the UAE for being overcrowded and for the cruelty and harshness of its officials who crackdown on the prisoners of conscience using various inhuman and degrading methods and through severely restricting their fundamental human rights as the right to receive family visits. 

Dr Bin Ghaith was sentenced, on March 29, 2017, to ten years of imprisonment  for publishing a Tweet on his personal twitter account @bin_ghaith. The Tweet was considered by the Emirati officials as inciting to sedition, hatred, racism and sectarianism, damaging the national unity and public order, and disturbing the relations between the UAE and Egypt through the Internet. 

Bin Ghaith was arrested on 18 August 2015 and neither he nor his family were informed of the reason for his arrest. The authorities held him in solitary confinement in an undisclosed location for nine months. He was allowed only intermittent contact with his family through telephone calls, which were monitored by officials, and he was not permitted to say where he was held. This treatment amounts to enforced disappearance and is absolutely prohibited under international human rights law.

Since 2011, the UAE authorities have gone to great lengths to silence criticism of government conduct, mounting an unprecedented crackdown on peaceful dissent and closing groups perceived as being critical of the government. State Security officials have subjected activists and human rights defenders to harassment, arbitrary detention, torture and other ill-treatment, unfair trials and long prison sentences.


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