UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders, Mary Lawlor has condemned the inclusion of four Emirati human rights activists in the UAE's "terrorism list", describing it as "disturbing news".
Lawlor shared on her Twitter account a tweet published by Gulf Center for Human Rights about the inclusion of three Emirati human rights defenders and an Emirati researcher on the "terror list" issued by the UAE authorities, commenting:"Disturbing news from #UAE"
Last week, UAE authorities announced that 38 individuals and 15 companies were on the government's "terror list". The list also included the names of 4 Emirati dissidents living outside the country: Ahmed Al Shaiba Al Nuaimi, Mohammed Saqr Al Zaabi, Hamad Al Shamsi and Saeed Al Tunaiji.
It is noteworthy that Lawlor has recently sent several letters to the UAE authorities regarding the situation of human rights defenders. In her letters, the UN expert condemned the UAE authorities' continued policy of arbitrarily detaining human rights defenders and treating them inhumanely, and called on the UAE authorities to release them immediately.
Lawlor is the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders since May 1, 2020, according to Human Rights Council Resolution 43/115, and she is currently Assistant Professor for Economy and Human Rights at Trinity College Dublin and a member of the College Advisory Board Business Management.
She has mainly focused on helping human rights defenders and stopping violations against them. In 2001, she founded Front Line Defenders, a International Foundation for the protection of Human Rights Defenders.
Previously, she was the director of Irish Department of Amnesty International from 1988 to 2000 , became a member of the Board of Directors in 1975, and was elected Chairperson from 1983 to 1987.