The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) released a report, raising the alarm over the human rights situation in the UAE.
The document is expected to be presented later this month at the 29th session of the Human Rights Council, in which the records of the UAE and Israel, among others, are to be scrutinized.
The report is among a plethora of documents submitted before meetings later this month of the UN’s Human Rights Council (UNHRC).
In the report, the OHCHR highlighted “growing concerns” over a crackdown on peaceful activists, including activists Osama al-Najjar, who was sentenced to three years in prison over his tweets, and Ahmed Mansoor, who has been held since March 2017 over charges of using social media to “publish false information that harms national unity”.
Mansoor’s imprisonment, the report said, “is in contrast with the UAE’s international human rights obligations and the Emirati constitution”.
The OHCHR also noted that the UAE had not taken measures to bring its law on freedom of expression into line with international human rights law.
In the report, the UN body voiced concern over the UAE’s 2014 counter-terrorism law under which anyone over the age of 16 found to “undermine national unity or social peace” can be sentenced to death.
The OHCHR’s report slammed the UAE over its crackdown on human rights activists and government critics, including Osama al-Najjar, who was sentenced to three years in prison over his tweets, and Ahmed Mansoor, who has been held since March 2017 over charges of using social media to “publish false information that harms national unity.”
According to human rights groups, Mansoor is being held in solitary confinement without access to a lawyer or calls to his family.
The report said Mansoor’s imprisonment “is in contrast with the UAE’s international human rights obligations and the Emirati constitution.”
Civil society groups are expected to submit later this month at the Palace of Nations in Geneva documents detailing rights abuses in the UAE.
Therefore, Emirates Human Rights Center urgently calls on the UAE authorities to implement recommendations by UN bodies and international human rights organizations to:
1- Release immediately and unconditionally all those individuals detained or imprisoned solely for peacefully exercising their rights to freedom of expression and association.
2- Respect the right of citizens to enjoy the freedom of expression in accordance with the Constitution and its ratification charters.
3- Implement its commitments made at the Council of Human Rights, particularly point: 128-106 requiring the repeal of the federal law of 1980 on publications and modify all other laws to ensure compliance with the disposition of international law on human rights related to freedom of expression.