Petition calling on UAE to allow family visit to jailed human rights defender Ahmed Mansoor in Eid Aladha
An online petition was launched by the website "Namdi.net" calling on the UAE authorities to allow family visit to jailed human rights defender Ahmed Mansoor in Eid Aladha.
So far, more than 150 people have signed the petition.
On 20 March 2017 around midnight, twelve members of the UAE security forces arrested Ahmed Mansoor at his apartment in Ajman under orders from the Emirati IT Crimes Prosecution. According to sources, he was brought before the IT Crimes Prosecution for questioning in relation to his use of social media to “spread false information and rumors that promote sectarianism, sedition, hatred, damage to national unity, peace and social life, harm to the reputation of the State and its status, and the incitement of others not to abide by UAE laws”.
In recent days the human rights defender called for the release of Emirati human rights activist Osama Al-Najjar via Twitter. His arrest may also be linked to a letter that he signed, along with other activists in the region, and addressed to Arab leaders meeting in Jordan at the Arab Summit, calling for the release of all prisoners of conscience in the Middle East.
Following the arrest of Ahmed Mansoor, the UAE security forces thoroughly searched the home of the human rights defender and confiscated many of his belongings, including all computers and electronic equipment, some of which belonged to his children.
The authorities in the UAE have long targeted Ahmed Mansoor for his work on human rights. In 2011, he was jailed and banned from traveling following his involvement in a petition that called for democratic reform in the UAE. As a result of the petition, Ahmed Mansoor was jailed along with four others in connection with the online discussion forum, UAEHewar.net, in what became widely known as the UAE5 case. He was accused of publicly insulting the UAE leadership and was sentenced to three years imprisonment, but released following a presidential pardon after spending nearly eight months in jail. Since the UAE5 case, UAE authorities have failed to return Ahmed Mansoor’s passport and have banned him from traveling.
Take action and sign the petition: http://www.namdi.net/node/9582