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International Centre for Justice and Human Rights

Mr. Ahmed Mansoor being held in solitary

confinement with no access to a lawyer

Geneva on May 10, 2017

It’s been 50 days since his arrest on 20 March 2017, Mr. Ahmed Mansoor’s situation remains precarious and he has been subject to various forms of human rights violation and abuses. It is reported that Mr. Ahmed Mansoor is currently being held incommunicado and not allow to access to a lawyer.       

Since his arrest, Mr. Mansoor’s family had no information on his whereabouts until authorities issued an official statement on 29 March 2017, saying he was in detention in the Central Prison in Abu Dhabi.   

The official statement was in fact issued to respond directly to the statement issued one day earlier by the UN special rapporteurs on human rights defenders, on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of expression and opinion, and on freedom of peaceful assembly and association, along with the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention and the Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances, which praised the devoted work of Mr. Mansoor and alleged that Mr. Mansoor’s detention was arbitrary. The UAE official statement disputed the allegation and said that Mr. Mansoor “has the freedom to hire a lawyer and that his family has full access to the place of confinement and is allowed to visit him.”

Reliable sources informed that two weeks after his arrest i.e. on 3 April 2017, Mr. Mansoor’s family have been allowed only one short supervised visit with him, when authorities moved him from where he was being held, believed to be a detention facility adjacent to Al-Wathba Prison, to a prosecutor’s office in Abu Dhabi. Mr. Mansoor is being held in solitary confinement and has not spoken to a lawyer.  

The State Security Apparatus arrested human rights activist Mr. Ahmed Mansoor on 20 March 2017 after raiding his home in Ajman and searching at length all of his rooms and their belongings, including the children's rooms. The authorities also confiscated the computers and cell phones of the family, including those of Mr. Ahmed Mansoor’s wife and children, without providing any warrant that authorized their action. Mr. Mansoor was later taken to an unknown location until the 29 March 2017 statement had been issued.  

Mr. Ahmed Mansoor is a courageous and prominent human rights activist and one of the signatories of the petition of reform calling for an elected national council with full legislative and controlling powers and a winner of the Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders in 2015.

The International Centre for Justice and Human Rights (ICJHR) therefore urges the authorities of the United Arab Emirates to:

  1. Immediately and unconditionally release human rights activist Mr. Ahmed Mansoor and end all forms of his rights violation. 
  2. Ensure that his rights to access to a lawyer and family visit be protected and respected.
  3. Conduct an impartial and independent investigation into the rights violations of human rights activist Mr. Ahmed Mansoor including, his house breaking and search at dawn and the confiscation of all of the computers and cell phones without any judicial authorization, and to hold accountable all those involved in these violations in order to prevent their impunity and give him his full right to redress and remedy the damage he has been subjected to.
  4. Ratify the International Convention for the Protection of Persons from Enforced Disappearance and other treaties and implement the recommendations made by the UAE during the Human Rights Universal Periodic Review in 2013. 


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