Emirates Detainees Advocacy Center

New report reveals the types of Persecution against Emirati activist Ahmed Mansour

27 Jan 2021
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Human Rights Watch (HRW) and Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR) have published a 30-page joint report on the abuses during detention and unfair trial of Emirati human rights defender Ahmed Mansour.

The report, titled "The Persecution of Ahmed Mansoor: How the United Arab Emirates Silenced its Most Famous Human Rights Activist" detailed information about the facts of Mansoor's trial and his human rights advocacy, describing him as the "last human rights defender left standing in the UAE" (until his arrest).

The report said that since his arrest in March 2017, Emirati authorities have held 51-year-old Mansoor incommunicado, isolating him from other detainees and depriving him of a bed and mattress.

The report added that the UAE State Security Apparatus (SSA) has violated Mansour's rights in recent years through arbitrary arrest and detention, death threats, physical attacks, state surveillance, and inhumane treatment while in detention, and that he has been deprived of the rights guaranteed to him as a prisoner under international human rights law, including those set out in the United Nations Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners.

According to the report, Emirati authorities deliberately held Mansour incommunicado for nearly four years, amounting to a form of torture, in clear violation of their obligations under the United Nations Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, which the United Arab Emirates ratified in 2012.

The report also mentioned details of Mansour's trial before tthe State Security Department of the Federal Supreme Court in Abu Dhabi, which ended with a ten-year prison sentence, and was described as unfair and based on patently false allegations.