Human Rights center: 141 days have passed since the arbitrary arrest of human rights defender Ahmed Mansoor by Emirati authorities
The International Center for Justice and Human Rights said that 141 days have passed since the arbitrary arrest of human rights defender Ahmed Mansoor by Emirati authorities.
The center issued the following statement :
The UAE officials are still insisting and continuing the arbitrary arrest of human rights defender Mr. Ahmed Mansoor, winner of the 2015 Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders for his online activities on social medias and his advocacy of human rights activists.
On March 20, 2017, the State Security Apparatus arrested human rights defender Ahmed Mansoor at 3:00 am after breaking into his house in Ajman and inspecting all his rooms and their contents, including the children's rooms. He was later taken to an undisclosed location where he was prevented from having any family, lawyer or even doctor visits until the press release on March 29, 2017. Mr. Ahmed Mansoor was convicted by the Public Prosecution for Cybercrimes on the basis of Federal Law No. 5 of 2012 on Combating Cyber-Crimes.
The UAE authorities have consistently and judicially prosecuted, in accordance with Law No. 5 of 2012 on Combating Cyber-Crimes, all those who express dissenting opinion on the social networking space that would be considered as allegedly inciting hatred, promoting sectarian agenda, harming the national unity and social harmony and damaging or mocking the country's reputation, its institutions, its rulers, its deputies, its flag, its emblem, its national anthem, or its symbols.
The International Center for Justice and Human Rights recalls through its previous releases that human rights activist Mr. Ahmed Mansoor has been subjected to several violations by the UAE authorities including spying on his mobile phone and placing him under electronic surveillance, violating his privacy and preventing him from traveling.
Emirati government has not responded to the numerous demands of international bodies and organizations, special rapporteurs and human rights figures including the ICJHR, calling for the immediate and unconditional release of human rights activist Ahmed Mansoor and urging them to desist from violating his rights to personal safety and freedom of opinion and expression and to review UAE laws that violate the basic rights and freedoms and the relevant international standards.
The International Center for Justice and Human Rights renews its call to the authorities of the UAE to:
- Promptly and unconditionally release human rights defender Ahmed Mansoor and desist from violating his rights and grant him the right to contact a lawyer and to have family visits.
- Open an impartial and independent investigation into the violation of Mr. Ahmed Mansoor’s rights whose house was searched and raided by the State Security Apparatus who confiscated his computers and mobile phones without any judicial permission, and to hold these violators accountable and give Mr. Mansoor the right to redress.
- Review the UAE laws, including Federal Law No. 5 of 2012 on Combating Cyber-Crimes, which violates the basic rights and freedoms and make them in conformity with the relevant international standards.
- Ratify the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance and other treaties and implement the recommendations made by the UAE during the Human Rights periodic review of 2013.