Twenty human rights organizations - including the Emirates Detainees Advocacy Centre (EDAC) - have launched a joint social media campaign titled "Alternative Human Rights EXPO" to raise awareness of the human rights situation in the UAE and remind the world of the cause of detainees of conscience.
According to participating organizations, the campaign, which began on September 30, will last for a month and will include numerous events and activities, including the release of a petition calling on the UAE government to release detainees of conscience and human rights defenders (HRDs) held in UAE jails for exercising their right to freedom of expression.
It is also planned that the 20 organizations will later send a joint letter to the President of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, to demand the release of the imprisoned HRDs with the launch of EXPO 2020 Dubai.
the campaign has launched the hashtag #AltExpoHumanRights and is inviting online activists to join in it. In the coming days, it will announce the campaign slogan and the activities it is preparing.
In addition to EDAC, a number of prominent international organizations, such as the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), the International Service for Human Rights (ISHR), the World Organization Against Torture (OMCT), the International Campaign for Freedom in the UAE (ICFUAE), the Global Alliance of Civil Society Organisations and Activists (CIVICUS), the European Centre for Democracy and Human Rights (ECDHR), The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI), Cairo Institute For Human Rights Studies, Kawakibi Democracy Transition Center, the Gulf Center for Human Rights (GC4HR), ALQST for Human Rights, MENA Rights Group, FREEMUSE Orgnization, The Global Network Defending and Promoting Freedom of Expression (IFEX), Innovation for Change in the Middle East, Americans for Democracy and Human Rights in Bahrain (ADHRB), Bahrain Center for Human Rights, and The Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy (BIRD).