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what do you think about the UPR recommendations to the United Arab Emirates?

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الاحمدي

Geneva, March 25, 2015

Since a week, Mansour Al-Ahmadi has been put in solitary confinement. He’s certainly punished by the prison authorities.

Fortunately, he got out of solitary confinement on Monday. He said that he was put in solitary confinement because he had saluted one of his colleagues in another words. And an officer questioned him, when signing the written speech; he didn’t find what he had said. Then they put him in solitary confinement and left him four days in the constraint, causing him injures on his hand because of the chains. And they refused to unlock him even to go to the toilet. He has refused to eat for three days. So, he was attended by one of the officers who asked him to sign a paper that he was in hunger strike, which he refused to sign because he wasn’t able to go to the toilet. So they freed him. And he ate the first meal at 11 at night.

During the week his strings have been removed twice, and he slept on the floor of the prison. He was suffering from pain in his back as he was lying on the floor and suffering from chains.

We know that solitary confinement is a cruel and inhuman punishment as a form of torture. Prison authorities usually use this method in an arbitrary manner to humiliate the prisoner and condemn him to silence. The solitary confinement has damaging effects on mental and somatic health on those subject to it especially that the measure often continues indefinitely.

Mansour Al-Ahmadi is one of 61 detainees currently Razin prison, after his arbitrary arrest during a crackdown on large-scale against the freedom of expression and association in the UAE and his unfair trial. He was convicted to prison terms of between 7 and 15 years in the mass trial of a group of 94 activists of UAE nationals.  

In 2014, the President of the National Union of emirates Students, Mansour Al-Ahmadi was assaulted, after his refusal of the orders of the guard to walk in the sun, away from the shadow as he was returning to his cell. And to punish «Al-Ahmadi» they transferred him to solitary confinement, after he assaulted the guard.

The International Centre for Justice and Human Rights expresses its concern for the increasing acts of solitary confinement in UAE prisons and calls for urgent action in order to:

1. Immediately and unconditionally release of Mansour Al-Ahmadi and any others prisoners of conscience held in the UAE for peacefully exercising their rights to freedom of expression and association

2. Ensure that all prisoners, including Mansour Al-Ahmadi, are treated with dignity and respect, are protected from torture and other ill-treatment, have regular access to their families, receive any medical attention they may require and are held in adequate conditions in line with the UN Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners

3. Ask the Emirati authorities to justify this arbitrary measure of Mansour Al-Ahmadi solitary confinement

4. Remind the UAE government the United Nations Convention against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, and the Arab Charter on Human Rights, to all of which UAE is a party

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