UAE: Human rights defender Ahmed Mansoor transferred to Al-Sadr prison
The UAE authorities have transferred human rights defender Ahmed Mansoor to Al-Sadr prison in Abu Dhabi.
Award-winning Emirati human rights defender Ahmed Mansoor has been arrested by security forces in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and taken to an unknown location. Ahmed Mansoor was arrested at his home in Ajman around midnight on 20 March 2017 after security forces, including 10 men and 2 women, stormed his home, confiscated his belongings and arrested him. His whereabouts are unknown and he may be at risk of torture and other ill-treatment.
Ahmed Mansoor’s arrest is a cruel and devastating blow to human rights in the UAE and demonstrates the authorities’ intent to completely silence human rights defenders at all costs. It exposes the UAE authorities’ rhetoric on human rights as utterly meaningless and shows their complete disdain for the basic principles of international human rights law and standards.