April 4, 2017

Urgent Action Update: Emirati Academic Sentenced To 10 Years (UAE: UA 183.15)


On 29 March, the Federal Appeal Court in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) sentenced prominent Emirati economist and academic, Dr Nasser bin Ghaith to ten years in prison. He was convicted on various charges including “insulting the UAE”. He is a prisoner of conscience.

Write a letter, send an email, call, fax or tweet:

  • Urging the authorities to quash immediately and unconditionally release him, as he is a prisoner of conscience detained solely for peacefully exercising his rights to freedom of expression, association, and assembly;
  • Urging the authorities to protect Dr Nasser bin Ghaith from torture and other ill-treatment;
  • Calling on them to order an independent and effective investigation into his allegations of enforced disappearance, torture and other ill-treatment;
  • Calling on them to ensure he has access to medical care, a lawyer of his choice and is allowed family visits.

Contact these two officials by 16 May, 2017:

Vice-President and Prime Minister
HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin
Rashid al-Maktoum
Prime Minister’s Office
PO Box: 212000
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Fax: +971 4 330 4044
Email: info@primeminister.ae
Twitter: @HHShkMohd
Salutation: Your Highness

Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba, Embassy of the United Arab Emirates
3522 International Court NW Suite #400, Washington DC 20008
Fax: 1 202 243 2432
Phone: 1 202 243 2400
Contact form: http://www.uae-embassy.org/contact-embassy
Salutation: Dear Ambassador

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