Ten Months after completing his sentence, UAE activist Osama Al-Najjar remains in prison
UAE activist Osama Al-Najjar remains in prison, even though he was scheduled for release on 17 March 2017 after serving his full three-year prison sentence. Despite having completed his prison sentence, the State Security Chamber of the Federal Supreme Court decided to extend his detention at the request of the Public Prosecution on the pretext that he represents a “threat”.
The Emirates center for human rights ECHR launches a Twitter Storm for Osama AlNajjar using the hashtag #Free_Osama calling for his immediate and unconditional release.
The Twitter Storm will take place on Thursday, 01/02/2018 at 8 pm (UAE), 5 pm (London).
Osama al-Najjar was unjustly imprisoned for three years, merely for exercising his right to freedom of expression, including his advocacy on behalf of his father. The UAE authorities have had ample time to investigate any case against him over the past three years.
By keeping Osama Al-Najjar in prison after the completion of his sentence, UAE authorities are violating international law, as well as the UAE’s own laws, by keeping individuals who have served their sentences in prison beyond their release dates. It appears that the authorities are using the pretext of national security by labeling human rights defenders and Internet activists as a “threat” to the state in order keep them imprisoned.
Please join the tweet storm and raise your voice for Osama Al-Najjar and show your support for him.