The Federal Supreme Court in Abu Dhabi, in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), upheld the conviction and sentence of Tayseer Salman al-Najjar on 19 June. The Jordanian poet and journalist was arrested on 13 December 2015 and is serving a three-year prison sentence for comments he posted on Facebook that were “damaging [to] the reputation and prestige of the Emirati state”. He is a prisoner of conscience.
1) TAKE ACTION
Write a letter, send an email, call, fax or tweet:
- Urging the UAE authorities to quash Tayseer Salman al-Najjar’s conviction and to immediately and unconditionally release him, as he is a prisoner of conscience imprisoned solely for peacefully exercising his right to freedom of expression;
- Calling on them to order an independent and effective investigation into his allegations of torture and other ill-treatment;
- Urging them to ensure that, pending his release, he is protected from torture and other ill-treatment, and given any necessary medical treatment he may require.
Contact these two officials by 2 August, 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]
Salutation: Your Highness
Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba
Embassy of the United Arab Emirates
3522 International Court NW Suite #400
Salutation: Dear Ambassador
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