March 21, 2017

Urgent Action Update: Human Rights Defender’s Whereabouts Unknown (United Arab Emirates: UA 200/15)


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Prominent Emirati human rights defender and blogger Ahmed Mansoor was arrested at his home in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on 20 March. His whereabouts are unknown. Amnesty International fears that he has been subjected to enforced disappearance and is at risk of torture and other ill treatment. He is a prisoner of conscience.

 

1) TAKE ACTION
Write a letter, send an email, call, fax or tweet:
  • Release Ahmed Mansoor immediately and unconditionally, as he is a prisoner of conscience detained solely for peacefully exercising his rights to freedom of expression, including through his human right work;
  • Pending his release, disclose his whereabouts and ensure he is protected from torture and other ill-treatment;
  • Ensure he is granted immediate and regular access to a lawyer of his choosing, his family, and any medical treatment he may require.
Contact these two officials by 2 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: [email protected]
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
 
2) LET US KNOW YOU TOOK ACTION
Here's why it is so important to report your actions: we record the number and types of actions taken—letters, emails, calls and tweets—on each case and use that information in our advocacy.