Emirati activist to be released on Friday 17 March 2017
Osama Al-Najjar was detained by the UAE authorities on 17 March 2014 for his online activism. He is due to be released on Friday 17 March 2017, as he concludes his 3-years jail sentence.
Osama was sentenced for criticising the UAE authorities and for revealing the human rights violations taking place within the country. His father, Hossain Al-Najjar, is one of the UAE94 prisoners, arrested after signing a petition calling for democratic reforms in the UAE. Osama's trial failed to meet international standards of a fair trial and lacked the possibility to appeal.