05/29/2019

Urgent Action: Update: Prisoner of Conscience Ends Hunger Strike (United Arab Emirates: UA 47.19)


Human rights defender Ahmed Mansoor ended a month-long hunger strike in mid-April. Since then, his detention conditions have slightly improved, as he was allowed family visits and a phone call to his mother. However, since his arrest on 20 March 2017, Ahmed Mansour remains in solitary confinement without a bed or access to running water.

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Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan
Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi
Crown Prince Court
King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Street,
P.O. Box 124
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Fax: +971 2 668 6622
Twitter: @MohamedBinZayed
Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba
Embassy of the United Arab Emirates
3522 International Court NW Suite 400, Washington DC 20008
Phone: 202 243 2400 I Fax: 202 243 2432
Contact form: https://bit.ly/2CrKyHz
Facebook: @UAEEmbassyUS
Twitter: @UAEEmbassyUS
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Salutation: Your Excellency

Your Excellency,

In mid-April 2019, human rights defender and prisoner of conscience Ahmed Mansoor ended a month-long hunger strike. Since then his detention conditions have slightly improved: he has been allowed a few more family visits and was also granted a phone call to his mother. On 17 March 2019, Ahmed started a hunger strike to protest against his detention conditions in Sadr prison in Abu Dhabi, and his unfair trial.

However, Ahmed remains held in solitary confinement, without a bed or access to running water, since his arrest on 20 March 2017. The UN Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners (the Nelson Mandela Rules) state that solitary confinement for more than 15 days can amount to torture or other ill-treatment.

On 7 May 2019, seven UN experts condemned Ahmed Mansoor’s prison conditions and called for him to receive medical treatment, for his detention conditions to be improved and for his retrial “in accordance with the fundamental judicial guarantees provided for in international human rights law, or his immediate release.”

I urge you to quash Ahmed Mansoor’s conviction and sentence, and release him immediately and unconditionally, as he is a prisoner of conscience detained solely for peacefully exercising his right to freedom of expression, including through his human rights work. Pending his release, I call on you to ensure that he is detained in conditions that comply with international law and standards; that he is not subjected to torture or other ill-treatment; and has immediate and regular access to his family and any healthcare he may require.

Yours sincerely,

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