Fourteen human rights organizations called on the President of the UAE, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, to immediately advocate for the release of detainees of conscience and to address this issue firmly and definitively.
In a joint letter to the UAE President from human rights organizations, including EDAC, the organizations called on the UAE President to prioritize the file of political prisoners and consider it an urgent humanitarian situation that requires immediate and direct intervention.
The letter, written on May 30, stresses that the lack of a policy based on human rights standards is a disgrace to the UAE's international reputation and a threat to its image as a country that believes in the values of tolerance and openness, which obligates the head of state to work to stop all forms of violations against activists and human rights defenders.
In their letter, the human rights organizations called on the Emirati president to work to ensure respect for human rights, not only by releasing detainees of conscience, but also by ensuring that such violations are not repeated.
It is noteworthy that this message is the first sent by human rights organizations to Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed since he assumed the UAE presidency, and many prominent human rights organizations have participated in this message, such as the Geneva Council for Rights and Freedoms, the International Campaign for Freedoms in the Emirates, the European Center for Human Rights and Democracy, the "Mina" Group for Human Rights, the ALQST Organization, and the Gulf Center for Human Rights.