Former UN rights commissioner Robinson urges UAE to free activist

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DUBAI, Oct 6 (Reuters) – Former U.N. human rights commissioner Mary Robinson, visiting Dubai, urged the United Arab Emirates on Wednesday to free a pro-democracy campaigner jailed in 2018 for criticising the federal government on social media.

Rights teams say Ahmed Mansoor, who’s serving a 10-year sentence, could also be struggling therapy amounting to torture. The UAE has denied mistreating him.

“He is regarded by the human rights community as a brave human rights defender,” Robinson stated throughout an on-stage interview at a local weather occasion on the Expo Dubai world honest. “This (releasing him) would be a timely move also called for by the parliament of the European Union.”

Robinson has stated she was tricked in 2018 when she was invited to Dubai to test on a daughter of the emirate’s ruler who tried to flee her household however was snatched from a ship in worldwide waters off India. learn extra

The household on the time launched pictures of Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed al-Maktoum sitting with Robinson, who informed the BBC in February she had not requested Latifa about her state of affairs.

Latifa issued an announcement in June saying she now had freedom to journey after pictures on social media confirmed her overseas, 4 months after the BBC aired a video message wherein Latifa stated she was being held captive. learn extra

Her case solid a highlight on the household affairs of Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, who can be vice-president and prime minister of the UAE.

The Gulf state doesn’t tolerate dissent. Human Rights Watch (HRW) says lots of of activists, lecturers and attorneys are serving prolonged sentences, in lots of circumstances after unfair trials on broad expenses.

The worldwide rights watchdog has stated Mansoor has been held largely incommunicado and denied a mattress and mattress. The UAE international ministry stated in July this was “categorically untrue”.

Reporting by Alexander Cornwell; Writing by Ghaida Ghantous; Editing by Catherine Evans and Timothy Heritage

Former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Mary Robinson speaks at the World Green Economy Summit at Expo 2020 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, October 6, 2021. REUTERS/Alexander Cornwell

Ahmed Mansoor, one of the five political activists pardoned by the United Arab Emirates, speaks to Reuters in Dubai November 30, 2011.  REUTERS/Nikhil Monteiro

Former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Mary Robinson speaks at the World Green Economy Summit at Expo 2020 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, October 6, 2021. REUTERS/Alexander Cornwell