Protest at the UAE Embassy in London in solidarity with human rights activist Ahmed Mansoor
On Thursday 26th October, a vigil was held outside the UAE Embassy in London protesting the continuing detention of human rights defender Ahmed Mansoor and calling for his release.
Activists from English Pen, Amnesty, and ICFUAE gathered to call upon the UAE authorities to immediately and unconditionally release Ahmed Mansoor.
Ahmed Mansoor was arrested by UAE authorities on March 20 after 12 plain-clothes security officials stormed his family home in Abu Dhabi and took him to an unknown location. He has since been transferred to al-Sadr prison, the letter said.
On April 3, he was taken from his place of detention to a prosecutor's office in Abu Dhabi for one short supervised family visit.
As a result of his peaceful human rights work, Mansoor has faced repeated intimidation, harassment, physical assault, and death threats from the UAE authorities or their supporters. Since at least 2011, the authorities had placed him under physical and electronic surveillance.
The UAE authorities should release Ahmed Mansoor immediately since the charges against him relate to his human rights work and his criticism of the authorities. They should give him immediate and regular access to his family and a lawyer of his choosing, and end the harassment of rights defenders and critics of the authorities.