UAE: Prominent academic jailed for 10 years over tweets in outrageous blow to freedom of expression

In response to the sentencing today of human rights defender Dr Nasser bin Ghaith at the Federal Appeal Court in Abu Dhabi Amnesty International’s Lynn Maalouf, Deputy Director for Research at the organization’s Beirut office said: “Today’s sentencing of prominent economist, academic and human rights defender Dr Nasser bin Ghaith to 10 years in prison is yet another devastating blow […]

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UAE: YARPTI CALLS FOR RELEASE OF HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVIST AHMED MANSOOR

Youths for Human Rights Protection and Transparency Initiative  (YARPTI) is alarmed to hear the news that the United Arab Emirate authorities have detained prominent human rights defender Ahmed Mansoor. At around midnight, 10 male and two female uniformed security officials stormed the family’s apartment and carried out a lengthy room-by-room search, including of the children’s bedroom. They confiscated electronic devices […]

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UAE: Free Jordanian Journalist

Held a Year for Facebook Posts (Beirut) – UAE authorities have detained a Jordanian journalist without trial or access to a lawyer for over a year, Human Rights Watch said today. Tayseer al-Najjar was apparently detained over three Facebook posts in which he criticized Egypt, Israel, and gulf countries. On December 3, 2015, UAE authorities at Abu Dhabi airport prevented […]

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