Revealing the harsh conditions of detention

Leaked messages of Mansour says that he is in solitary confinement since 2017

17 Jul 2021
Leaked messages of Mansour says that he is in solitary confinement since 2017


Leaked messages of the detained Emirati human rights activist Ahmed Mansour revealed full details of the reasons for his arrest, the charges brought against him by the UAE authorities, how the judiciary and the prison administration dealt with him, and the conditions of his life in a solitary cell in which he has been languishing since his arrest on March 15, 2017, until today.

In his letters published by Arabi21 website, Mansour provided a full explanation of the sessions of the Abu Dhabi Federal Appeal court, and what happened in the Federal Supreme Court, in detail about the six charges brought against him, noting that the judge ignored the complaints he submitted about the conditions of his solitary confinement.

The leaked messages, written by Mansour on October 15, 2020, while he was in solitary confinement in the notorious Al-Sadr prison in the Abu Dhabi desert, indicated that he did not receive a copy of the case throughout the trial sessions, while the prison administration confiscated the memorandum he had prepared to defend himself

As for the conditions of his detention in solitary confinement since 2017, his messages revealed that the first two and a half years were the most severe, as he could not talk to any inmate even by screaming, as he was held in the last cell away from the other solitary cells, and he could not watch what  being outside.

Mansour stated in the messages that one day he returned to his cell from interrogation, and he was surprised that the prison administration entered his cell and confiscated all his underwear and clothes, and left him only a sports shirt after cutting its long sleeves, and confiscated the bedding on which he slept, and all personal hygiene items such as soap and shampoo, and they left for him only for him one towels, in addition they took from him the papers and pens.

Mansour added that the prison administration later cut off hot water from him in the winter, and issued a notice sayings that he was deprived from any long-sleeved clothes, and he was banned from hot tea that was served with some meals, which caused him many health problems, including high  High blood pressure, and several severe colds.

The leaked messages highlighted that these arbitrary measures were due to his refusal to give the security apparatus his Twitter password.

Two days after the verdict was issued on May 29, 2018, Mansour said that the notice was reading: “It is strictly forbidden to leave the cell except in case of emergency or security orders to review the Security Branch .. It is forbidden from contact or visit except with the approval of the director of the department or his deputy” The notice remained until July 2019.

Ahmed Mansour explained in his leaked messages that his hunger strike twice came after finishing all available ways for him to claim his rights as a prisoner, through the prosecution, the prison administration, and the first and second court.

He made his first strike from March 17 to April 10, 2019, during which he lost 8.5 kg of his weight, then he made the second strike, which started on September 17 and ended on November 2, 2019,  During which he lost 11.5 kg.

Despite his success in achieving some simple demands, he pointed out that his situation did not differ much after the two hunger strikes, as he is still in solitary confinement and has no television or radio, no books, newspapers, nail clippers, sports shoes, bed, or sleeping mattress. 

Shaving tools are provided to him after one year and nine months of his imprisonment when he had a permission to buy a razor and he was not allowed to bring his reading glasses.

It is noteworthy that the UAE authorities arrested the human rights activist Ahmed Mansour, on March 15, 2017, and put him to trial on charges of "insulting the prestige and symbols of the UAE" because of his demands for political reform, and he is currently serving a 10-year prison sentence.