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UAE mass trial of 94 Islamist activists

Posted by 7starsdubai on March 4, 2013


UAE mass trial 94 march 2013 The trial is due to begin in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) of 94  activists accused of plotting to seize power in the Gulf state.

The suspects include judges, lawyers, academics and student leaders. Human rights groups say the trial is deeply flawed and have called it a “mockery of justice”.

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HUMAN Rights Watch UAE: Ensure Fair Trial of 94 Political Activists

(Beirut) – original source Human Rights Watch .  The trial of 94 Emirati citizens accused of crimes against national security on March 4, 2013, raises serious fair trial concerns, including limited access to lawyers and withholding of key documents concerning the charges and evidence against them, Human Rights Watch said today. The detainees include two prominent human rights lawyers, Mohammed al-Roken and Mohammed al-Mansoori, as well as judges, teachers, and student leaders, at least 10 of whom are women. Several defendents have alleged that they were subjected to ill-treatment in detention, Human Rights Watch said.

United Arab Emirates (UAE) Attorney General Salem Saeed Kubaish released a statement on January 27, 2013, alleging that the 94 “launched, established, and ran an organization seeking to oppose the basic principles of the UAE system of governance and to seize power.” But as of February 27, the authorities had not released to lawyers the identities of all 94 detainees, documents setting out the charges against them, or the evidence on which these charges are based. Authorities have held 64 detainees whose identities are known at undisclosed locations for periods of up to a year and denied them legal assistance until late February. The decision to prosecute the case before the Federal Supreme Court under state security procedures deprives those being tried of the right to appeal, Human Rights Watch said.

“Defense lawyers cannot possibly defend their clients adequately without seeing the documents setting out the evidence against them,” said Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East director at Human Rights Watch. “It appears that UAE authorities will drag scores of citizens through a shamelessly unfair judicial process that makes a mockery of justice.”

Local activists in contact with family members of the detainees told Human Rights Watch that authorities finally allowed some defendants to meet separately with defense lawyers on February 20 and 21, and February 25, 26, and 27. These meetings took place at the office of the state security prosecutor in Abu Dhabi, the families said, with a representative of the prosecutor’s office listening in to the conversations. The reported circumstances of the meetings violated the confidentiality of conversations between lawyers and their clients.

Family members of five of the detainees told Human Rights Watch that their detained family members had told them about ill-treatment in detention, including prolonged solitary confinement, 24-hour bright fluorescent lighting, inadequate heating, forced wearing of hoods whenever they were outside their cells – including while being escorted to the bathroom or interrogation rooms – and persistent insults from prison guards. As Human Rights Watch has previously documented, a son of one of the detainees, who was at a court hearing to extend their detention on September 6, 2012, reported that they appeared disheveled, disoriented, and distressed. Two of the detainees appeared barely able to walk, one appeared unable to follow the proceedings, and another told the judge that he was weak because he had been given sleeping pills.

The specific whereabouts of the 64 detainees, who have ties to a peaceful Islamist group, al-Islah, remain unknown, prompting concern for their well-being. Al-Islah has been a legally recognized organization in the UAE since 1974. Human Rights Watch has previously documented how lawyers employed by the only Emirati law firm currently offering legal assistance to the detainees have themselves been arrested, deported, and intimidated.

Though most of the defendants were arrested between May and July 2012, local activists told Human Rights Watch that authorities only began allowing family visits in November. Currently, detainees are allowed to call family members twice a week for a maximum of three minutes per phone call. The calls are monitored by state security officers, who immediately disconnect the calls if the detainee or family member attempts to discuss his or her case or location.

Since November authorities also have allowed family members to meet all detainees in person once a month for a maximum of 30 minutes at the office of the state security prosecutor in Abu Dhabi, but only with a representative from the prosecutor’s office in the room.

Though details of the charges remain unknown, based on the attorney general’s January 27 statement it appears authorities will charge the activists with violating article 180 of the penal code, which mandates up to 15 years in prison for anyone who has “set up, established, organized, or run an association or organized body or branch of an organization that seeks to subvert the ruling regime of the country or to promote this through use of force or otherwise.” The same article provides for up to five years in prison for members of such organizations.

Family members of the detainees told Human Rights Watch that authorities froze all bank accounts and assets of detainees following their arrest as well as accounts and assets of their spouses and underage children, in many cases leaving them in difficult financial circumstances. Human Rights Watch has seen a copy of a signed order from the UAE attorney general dated October 25, 2012, ordering all money and assets of 23 of the detainees frozen as well as those of their wives and underage children.

Authorities told defense lawyers in late February that they will permit two family members of each male defendant and one family member of each female defendant to attend the March 4 court session, though in order to enter the sessions each visitor must hand over a copy of each of the following documents: his or her ID card, a personal photo, phone numbers, a proof of relationship with the detainee, and a copy of his or her car registration. The requirement to provide phone numbers, photographs, and car registrations heightens concerns that the authorities will use the trial as a means of gathering data on friends and families of those accused in an arbitrary interference of their right to privacy, Human Rights Watch said.

Previous trials of activists in the UAE have consistently demonstrated serious due process flaws. Following the 2011 trial of five prominent activists who had signed a petition calling for more democracy in the UAE, known as the UAE5, a coalition of five human rights organizations including Human Rights Watch issued a report showing that “flagrant due process flaws” had essentially denied the five men the right to a fair trial. Among the flaws were the prosecutors’ refusal to hand over to defense lawyers all the documents setting out the charges and evidence against them, denial of confidential meetings between defendants and their lawyers, and persistent unequal treatment of the defense and prosecution.

Article 13 of the Arab Charter on Human Rights, to which the UAE is a state party, states that “[e]veryone has a right to a fair trial that affords adequate guarantees before a competent, independent and impartial court…” Article 16 mandates that in the course of an investigation and trial every defendant should enjoy minimum guarantees, including the right to be informed promptly of the charges, adequate time and facilities to prepare a legal defense, and the right to communicate confidentially and freely with lawyers.

“Trying these men and women before the Federal Supreme Court adds fair trial concerns to already established serious human rights violations underlying this case, including arbitrary detention and ill-treatment,” Whitson said.

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Film-Portrait on Dr Mohamed Al-Roken, Alkarama Foundation, 2012

Posted by 7starsdubai on December 16, 2012


Member of the International Bar Association, Dr Al Roken is a prominent lawyer and human rights defender from the United Arab Emirates . He is the co-laureate of the 2012 Alkarama Award.
Dr Al-Roken has defended human rights and political activists for many years, most notably, the group known as the “UAE5” as well as the “UAE7”, peaceful political and human rights activists who were stripped of their citizenships and detained for having called for greater civil and political rights.
Dr Al Roken was arrested in Dubai in the early hours of 17 July 2012 by the Emirati security services in the largest crackdown against human rights activists and political dissent in the country’s history. He is still detained in an unknown location.

For more information, please contact Alkarama at:
info@alkarama.org
0041 22 734 10 06

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European Parliament Human Rights situation in the United Arab Emirates

Posted by 7starsdubai on October 26, 2012


 

European Parliament October 2012 – Motion for a resulution source original

A. whereas the government of the United Arab Emirates has accelerated its crackdown on human rights defenders and civil society activists in 2012, bringing the number of political detainees to 64;

B.  whereas most of them are in incommunicado detention, there are allegations of torture, and they are being denied legal assistance;

C. whereas the detainees include the vice-president of the Student Association of the United Arab Emirates, Mansoor al-Ahmadi, one sitting judge, Mohamed al-Abdouly, two former judges, Khamis al-Zyoudiand and Ahmed al-Za’abi, and two prominent human rights lawyers, Mohamed al-Mansoori – a former president of the Jurists’ Association – and Mohamed al-Roken;

D. whereas employees of the Emirian lawyer who is offering the detainees legal assistance have allegedly been subjected to a systematic campaign of harassment and intimidation, including the deportation of three non-Emirian employees on grounds of national security; whereas lawyers who have travelled to the United Arab Emirates to offer legal assistance to the detainees have also been harassed;

E.  whereas human rights defenders and democracy activists have been subjected to harassment, travel bans, restrictions on freedom of expression and freedom of assembly, arbitrary detention, revocation of nationality, deportation, and illegal imprisonment;

F.  whereas the authorities of the United Arab Emirates have insisted that their crackdown is a response to a foreign-inspired Islamist plot that aims to overthrow the government; whereas the detainees all have ties to al-Islah, a peaceful Islamist group that has operated in the United Arab Emirates since 1974; whereas the evidence indicates that national security is the pretext for a crackdown on peaceful activism designed to stifle calls for constitutional reform and reform on human rights issues such as statelessness;

G. whereas a prominent human rights defender and blogger, Ahmed Mansoor, was attacked twice in recent weeks and has suffered constant intimidation and threats; whereas he spent seven months in jail in 2011 before his conviction in November for insulting the country’s senior officials; whereas the authorities have retained his passport and arbitrarily barred him from travelling;

H. whereas, together with other activists, Mansoor was accused of insulting political figures in the country after arranging for and signing a petition calling for greater political participation via an elected parliament with full legislative and regulatory powers;

I.   whereas on 15 July 2012, in his statement, the public prosecutor, announced that the detained group of political opponents would be investigated for plotting ‘crimes against state security’, ‘opposing the UAE constitution and ruling system’, and having ties to ‘foreign organisations and agendas’;

J.   whereas while freedom of speech and press freedom are constitutionally protected in the United Arab Emirates, its penal code allows the authorities to prosecute people for speech which is critical of the government; whereas at least one online discussion forum has been closed down, and access from the United Arab Emirates to several political websites has been blocked;

K. whereas prominent internationally renowned non-governmental organisations promoting democracy in the region were closed in 2012 by the authorities of the United Arab Emirates, notably the Dubai office of the National Democratic Institute and the Abu Dhabi office of the German pro-democracy think tank Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung;

L.  whereas many migrant workers, who make up over 80 % of the workforce, are subject to exploitation and serious abuses; whereas immigration sponsorship laws grant employers extraordinary power over the lives of these workers; whereas they have no right to organise or bargain collectively and face penalties for going on strike; whereas many female domestic workers in the United Arab Emirates report an array of abuses including unpaid wages, food deprivation, long working hours, forced confinement, and physical and sexual abuse;

M. whereas, according to the report of the Special Rapporteur on trafficking in persons, trafficking in persons for labour exploitation continues to be widespread in the United Arab Emirates and victims of such trafficking remain unidentified;

N. whereas the government made little progress in implementing the CEDAW Committee recommendation in early 2010;

O. whereas death sentences continue to be imposed in the United Arab Emirates;

1.  Expresses great concern about assaults, repression and intimidation against human rights defenders, political activists and civil society actors within the United Arab Emirates who peacefully exercise their basic rights to freedom of expression, opinion, and assembly; calls on the authorities of the United Arab Emirates to halt the ongoing crackdowns immediately;

2.  Calls for the unconditional release of all prisoners of conscience and activists including human rights defenders and calls on the authorities of the United Arab Emirates to ensure that detainees deemed to have broken the law be brought before a judge, be charged with a crime and be provided with the legal assistance of their choosing;

3.  Calls on the authorities of the United Arab Emirates to conduct thorough and impartial investigations into the assault and public threats made against Ahmed Mansoor and all the other cases of harassment and assault;

4.  Calls for the respect of all human rights and fundamental freedoms, including freedom of expression, both online and offline, freedom of assembly, women’s rights and gender equality, the fight against discrimination, and the right to a fair trial;

5.  Welcomes the accession of the United Arab Emirates on 19 July 2012 to the United Nations Convention against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, and urges the UAE authorities to affirm its commitment to its assumed treaty obligations by conducting thorough, impartial and independent investigations into the allegations of torture as well as allegations that individuals have been forcibly disappeared;

6.  Calls on the United Arab Emirates to affirm its intent to ‘uphold the highest standards in the promotion and protection of human rights’ in line with its bid for membership of the UN Human Rights Council for 2013 to 2015 by ratifying the ICCPR and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) and their optional protocols and by issuing a standing invitation to visit to all UN special procedure mandate holders;

7.  Expresses deep concern about the abject living and working conditions of thousands of migrant workers and stateless persons in the United Arab Emirates;

8.  Urges the Government of the United Arab Emirates to undertake reforms of its legal and regulatory framework to address the abuse of migrant workers in the country, especially women who are the most vulnerable to exploitation and gender-based violence, and in particular the kafala system of sponsorship-based employment;

9.  Welcomes the adoption by the United Arab Emirates in 2012 of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) Convention on Decent Work for Domestic Workers; urges the United Arab Emirates to affirm its commitment to abide by its provisions by extending key labour protections to domestic workers, such as weekly days off, limits to hours of work, and a decent wage;

10. Welcomes efforts made by the United Arab Emirates to reform the 2006 Federal Law No 51 on Combating Human Trafficking Crimes and to adopt legislation to explicitly include labour exploitation, domestic servitude as well as other forms of trafficking and to enhance prosecution;

11. Condemns the application of the death penalty under any circumstance;

12. Welcomes the adoption of the new EU human rights package and urges the European institutions, including the EU Special Representative for Human Rights, to take concrete actions, together with the 27 Member States, to ensure a clear and principled EU policy vis-à-vis the United Arab Emirates that addresses the ongoing serious human rights violations, through démarches, public statements and initiatives at the Human Rights Council;

13. Calls on the Vice-President of the Commission / High Representative of the Union and the European institutions to place human rights at the centre of its relations with all third countries, including strategic partners, with special emphasis on the next EU-GCC Ministerial Meeting;

14. Believes that it is crucial to continue the efforts to increase the cooperation between the EU and the Gulf region and to promote mutual understanding and trust; considers that regular inter-parliamentary meetings between Parliament and its partners in the region are an important forum to develop a constructive and frank dialogue on issues of common concern;

15. Instructs its President to forward this resolution to the Government and Parliament of the United Arab Emirates, the Vice-President of the Commission/High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, the Commission, the EU Special Representative for Human Rights, the parliaments and governments of the Member States, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and the governments of the Member States of the Gulf Cooperation Council.

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UAE Human Rights Activist Ahmed Mansoor hit by Spyware – Evidence of Abuse – Cybercrime

Posted by 7starsdubai on October 10, 2012


In this report, Citizen Lab Security Researcher Morgan Marquis-Boire describes analysis performed on malicious software used to compromise a high profile dissident residing in the United Arab Emirates. The findings indicate that the software is a commercial surveillance backdoor distributed by an Italian company known as Hacking Team. The report also describes the potential involvement of vulnerabilities sold by the French company, VUPEN. continue reading original source

A report by a Google researcher has connected commercially-made malware with attacks on Middle East dissidents, an increasingly common occurrence that has fueled controversy over the selling and buying of information on software flaws.

Ahmed Mansoor a human-rights activist based in the United Arab Emirates has become the latest victim of such an attack, this time using malware known as Crisis, which appears to be a program sold by the Italian firm Hacking Team, according to a report posted on Sept. 10 by the University of Toronto’s CitizenLab and authored by Google researcher Morgan Marquis-Boire. Crisis, also known as DaVinci, was originally discovered by antivirus firms in July and noted for its ability to infect computers running either Microsoft Windows or Apple Mac OS X as well as its focus on spreading to virtual machine instances.

In July, Ahmed Mansoor, an outspoken blogger from the United Arab Emirates and a member of the “U.A.E. Five” — a group of Emirati activists jailed last year for criticizing government leaders — opened a suspicious e-mail with a Microsoft Word attachment that, when opened, deployed spyware that could monitor his every keystroke, record his passwords, social networking and instant messenger chats and even his voice conversations through his computer’s microphone. Mr. Mansoor told Bloomberg that because of that innocent mistake– clicking on a malicious e-mail attachment– he was inexplicably beaten by unknown assailants.

In leaked product literature, Hacking Team refers to the Trojan as the Remote Control System (RCS).

In the latest analysis, CitizenLab—part of the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto—found that an attack on activist Ahmed Mansoor used the Crisis tool to exploit a vulnerability discovered by French offensive cyber-security firm VUPEN. The monitoring program was configured to send information to servers hosted by the Royal Group, a corporation based in the UAE.

VUPEN has denied selling the details of the flaw.

In July, Ahmed Mansoor, an outspoken blogger from the United Arab Emirates and a member of the “U.A.E. Five” — a group of Emirati activists jailed last year for criticizing government leaders — opened a suspicious e-mail with a Microsoft Word attachment that, when opened, deployed spyware that could monitor his every keystroke, record his passwords, social networking and instant messenger chats and even his voice conversations through his computer’s microphone. Mr. Mansoor told Bloomberg that because of that innocent mistake– clicking on a malicious e-mail attachment– he was inexplicably beaten by unknown assailants.

In the case of Mr. Mansoor, the spyware eavesdropped from a server that, as of August, was registered to a post office box in Abu Dhabi that matched the corporate headquarters of the Royal Group, a U.A.E. conglomerate. In the case of Mamfakinch, the spyware was controlled by an I.P. address hosted in Rabat, Morocco’s capital.

Executives at the Royal Group could not be reached for comment. A representative at Morocco’s consulate in New York did not respond to a request for comment.

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Mohammed Al Roken Uae Human Rights lawyer detained

Posted by 7starsdubai on September 18, 2012


Reveal Activist’s Whereabouts; Investigate Torture Allegations

On September 10, 2012, Human Rights Watch wrote to President Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan to say that the UAE’s accession to the United Nations Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment on July 19 was a positive step.

“The allegations of torture and the enforced disappearance of Ahmed al-Suweidi are matters of grave concern and exhibit increasingly brutal tactics by the UAE’s State Security apparatus,” said Joe Stork, deputy Middle East director at Human Rights Watch. “The UAE’s allies in the West should not remain silent in the face of such serious international crimes.”

Al-Suweidi, whose situation recently came to light, is one of 60 civil society activists and human rights defenders whom UAE authorities are holding without charge following their peaceful calls for political reform. They include two prominent lawyers, Mohamed al-Roken and Mohamed al-Mansoori. The condition of the other detainees is also a cause of concern after reports from people who saw them at a September 6 hearing to extend the detention of six of them, the groups said.

Dr.Mohammed Al-Roken, UAE citizen founding member of Bridging the Gulf foundation for human security in the Gulf region (http://www.bridgingthegulf.org/), member of Amnesty International and a former head of the Emirati Lawyers’ Association, has always been fervent supporter of democracy and spreading of a culture of tolerance and human rights in the Arab Gulf region. Recently he represented a small group of Emirati citizens who called for governmental reform in UAE near the start of the region’s Arab Spring protests. Some of his clients were consequently arrested and convicted earlier this year with national security offenses.

http://www.trust.org/trustlaw/news/uae-crackdown-on-islamist-group-intensifies

Attorney General Salem Saeed Kubaish accused the group of having links to “foreign organizations and outside agendas” and “opposing the U.A.E. constitution and ruling system.”

Leading Emirati human rights lawyer Dr Mohammed Al Roken was detained this week amid a harsh crackdown on anti-government critics in United Arab Emirates, sparking condemnation from international rights organizations, international media even the office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.

http://www.ohchr.org/EN/NewsEvents/Pages/DisplayNews.aspx?NewsID=12363&LangID=E

see also the UN calls on United Arab Emirates to guarantee protection of rights defenders:

http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=42492&Cr=Human+Rights&Cr1=

It is unclear whether Mr. Roken, 50 years old, is considered part of this group under investigation or has been charged with a crime. Security forces detained Mr. Roken as he drove to a local Dubai police station seeking information about his son and son-in-law, who had also been arrested, according to Amnesty and Human Rights Watch:

http://www.hrw.org/news/2012/07/18/uae-crackdown-islamist-group-intensifies

http://www.amnesty.org/en/for-media/press-releases/uae-human-rights-lawyers-among-13-detained-crackdown-intensifies-2012-07-18

http://en.alkarama.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=973:uae-at-least-14-activists-detained-in-aggressive-crackdown&catid=38:communiqu&Itemid=107

This is not the first time Dr Al Roken has been subjected to persecution; in 2008 the UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General on the situation of human rights defenders expressed concern at the treatment of Mohamed al-Roken:

http://www.amnesty.org/en/for-media/press-releases/uae-human-rights-lawyers-among-13-detained-crackdown-intensifies-2012-07-18

U.A.E. security sources, declined to discuss details of his detention , though requests made by leading international media including the Wall street journal:

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10000872396390444097904577535121065522322.html?mod=googlenews_ws

They were told that Dr. Roken’s arrest was ordered by the national security department from the capital Abu Dhabi.

Dr Mohamed Al Roken received  Alkarama Award for Human Rights Defenders for 2012

This year, the award ceremony will be held at the Geneva International Conference Center (CICG) on 7 December 2012.

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UAE Activists freed from jail

Posted by 7starsdubai on November 30, 2011


UAE Activist Ahmed Mansoor and his Lawyer Dr. Mohammed Al Roken

On Sunday, after being held in prison for almost eight months, the five were convicted of insulting the UAE’s leadership, endangering national security and inciting people to protest.

Then a day later, they received a presidential pardon and were freed.

One of the five, Ahmed Mansour is a prominent blogger. Another, Nasser bin Gaith, is an economics professor who has lectured at Paris’ Sorbonne university in Abu Dhabi.

The two told The Associated Press that they spent days in solitary confinement in Abu Dhabi’s Al Wathba prison. The rest of the time they were held with convicted killers, terrorists, rapists, adulterous, drug dealers and pirates.

“It’s a mixed feeling to be out,” bin Gaith told the AP after his release. “I am with my family, but our arrests mark the beginning of a police state in the UAE.”

source CBS News ….continue reading

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UAE Activists boycotted to appear in court

Posted by 7starsdubai on October 2, 2011


Dubai – The case of Bin Gaith and four others returned to court Sunday in Abu Dhabi, where they face accusations of threatening the UAE’s stability by joining Internet campaigns calling for a greater public voice in the country’s affairs.

The 42-year-old Emirati, a decorated former air force pilot who holds degrees in law and international trade, comes from a prominent Dubai family with a long history of serving its rulers. He’s lectured at one of the country’s showcase institutions, the Abu Dhabi branch of Paris’ Sorbonne university, and worked as a legal adviser for the Emirates’ armed forces.

Yet the United Arab Emirates now considers him a potential enemy of the state.

The five activists – jailed since April – boycotted the session as part of demands for bail and to protest their treatement as alleged state security risks.

.For the first time, however, authorities opened the previously closed-door hearings to the public.

The police officer in charge of bringing the five defendants to the hearing told the State Security Court that they “refused to come,” without any further explanation, an AFP reporter said. One of their lawyers, Mohamed al-Roken, told the court that the defendants accused of insulting top United Arab Emirates officials refused to attend the hearing after their demands were not met.

The five men, four of whom are Emirati and one stateless, are demanding to “obtain all documents related to the trial, allow the defence to question all witnesses,” as well as an “end to their ill-treatment,” Roken told the court.
“They are denied their basic rights. Their rights were violated,” said Roken, as the wife Wedad al-Muhairi of one of the defendants, Nasser bin Gaith, broke down in tears. “They are treated worse than criminals,” he said.  (source Gulf Times)

In court Sunday, prosecutors played a video montage of patriotic images – including the UAE’s founder Sheik Zayed bin Sultan Al Nayhan – in an apparent attempt to mock the activists’ calls for reforms.

“They are all Emirati!” shouted defense lawyer Mohammed Roken. “They are all sons of Zayed!”

On April 17, bin Gaith’s regular column ran in an Abu Dhabi financial paper, Roayam Iqtisadiyya. Students at the Sorbonne were in class, waiting for bin Gaith to give one of the last classes before exams. He never showed up.

A day earlier, state security agents lured him from his Dubai villa to Abu Dhabi, the capital, and arrested him on the spot, his family said.

source StarNews….original written by Barbara Surk ……continue reading

and Gulf Times

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UAE: Human Rights Blogger, Sorbonne Lecturer Charged With ‘Humiliating’ Officials

Posted by 7starsdubai on June 17, 2011


source Human Rights Watchhttp://www.hrw.org

(Beirut) – The United Arab Emirates attorney general should
immediately drop all charges against five pro-democracy activists to
halt their trial, Human Rights Watch said today. The charges of
“humiliating” top officials relate solely to the defendants’ peaceful
use of speech to criticize the UAE government and therefore violate
their freedom of expression, Human Rights Watch said. UAE authorities
should release the activists unconditionally and without delay.

The five defendants, who include a leading human rights activist,
Ahmed Mansoor, and a university lecturer, Nasser bin Ghaith, pled not
guilty on June 14, 2011, during a closed-door hearing in Abu Dhabi’s
Federal Supreme Court. The trial follows a campaign of harassment
against the activists after they and dozens of other UAE nationals signed a petition published on March 9 that sought constitutional and parliamentary
changes in the Emirates and free elections in which all citizens could participate.

UAE rulers are prosecuting these activists solely for advocating democratic reforms,” said Joe Stork, deputy Middle East director at Human Rights Watch. “The authorities should end this shameful crackdown on peaceful dissent.”
The five activists have been detained and denied bail since early April. Local news reports said that dozens of pro-government protesters holding banners and flags gathered outside the courtroom on June 14 and
shouted slogans condemning the activists. The next hearing is scheduled for July 18.

Authorities arrested Mansoor on April 8 and are holding him at the Al Wathba prison in Abu Dhabi. Mansoor has been a vocal proponent of the petition. Before his arrest, he gave numerous television and other media interviews on the issue.
Mansoor is a member of Human Rights Watch’s Middle East advisory committee.

On April 10, security forces detained bin Ghaith, an economics lecturer at the Abu Dhabi branch of Paris’ Sorbonne
University, who has criticized UAE authorities for failing to undertake significant political reforms. The three other detained online activists are Fahad Salim Dalk, Hassan Ali al-Khamis, and Ahmed Abd al-Khaleq.
In early June, UAE authorities charged the five detainees under article 176 of the Penal Code, which permits a sentence of up to five years in prison for “whoever publicly humiliates the State President, its flag or national emblem.” Article 8 of the code widens the application of the provision to include the vice president, members of the Supreme Council of the Federation, and others. The charges came after Attorney General Salim Saeed Kubaish said on April 25 that the
five detainees were in “preventive custody” for “instigation, breaking laws and perpetrating acts that pose a threat to state security,undermining the public order, opposing the government system, and insulting the president, the vice president and the crown prince of Abu Dhabi.”

In the weeks following the arrests, the UAE expanded its crackdown on civil society by dissolving the elected board of directors of both the Jurist Association and the Teachers’ Association. The decrees, signed by Social Affairs Minister Mariam Mohammed Khalfan Al Roumi, dismissed the boards and replaced their members with state appointees. Both associations, along with two other nongovernmental organizations, had signed a public appeal calling for greater democracy in the country on April 6.

The United Nations Declaration on Human Rights Defenders provides that countries should “take all necessary measures to ensure the protection of everyone against any violence, threats, retaliation, adverse discrimination, pressure or any other arbitrary action” as a result of their participation in human rights activity.

Article 32 of the Arab Charter on Human Rights, which has been ratified by the UAE, guarantees the right to freedom of opinion and expression, and to impart news to others by any means. The only restrictions allowed on the practice of this right are those imposed for “respect for the rights of others, their reputation, or the protection
of national security, public order, public health, or public morals.”

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Democracy and Human Rights-Middle East Unrest – Repression in the United Arab Emirates

Posted by 7starsdubai on June 4, 2011


June 2011 – source The Nation

For the past four months, hundreds of thousands of voices demanding variations on a theme—democracy, human rights, an end to torture, a stop to corruption—have echoed from Morocco to Yemen, each with its own local variation. In the United Arab Emirates, a federation of seven small semi-autonomous sheikdoms, that voice sounded a little hoarse. More like a whisper, you might say. And then it went silent.

Unrest and Protest Middle East 2011 - Human Rights - Repression in the United Arab Emirates - Anna Louie Sussman The Nations

Since April 8 , 2011 the Emirati government has arrested five prominent Emiratis—activists, bloggers and an academic—for signing a petition calling for reform, and thrown them in jail, where they remain to this day. They are being held without charges, although they are in contact with their families and lawyers.

The five detainees are among over 160 professionals who on March 9 submitted what has to be one of the gentlest pleas for political reform in recent history, which included a request to make the Federal National Council, the UAE’s powerless legislative body, at least open to universal contestation. On February 24 President Sheik Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan announced he was doubling the pool of eligible voters, to around 12,000. That is still less than 2 percent of the Emirati population.

(For the record, here’s what Emirati rabble-rousing sounds like: “Please We, the undersigned, a group of people of the United Arab Emirates, rise up to serve your Generous Highness and Their Highnesses Members of Supreme Council of the Federation of deep appreciation and respect…” the petition begins. “Out of our deep concern for this nation, and its people, who are your sons…” it continues. A fiery battle cry it is not.)

But even this was too much. On April 8, at 3 am, several police asked Ahmed Mansoor, one of the signatories, a blogger and a member of the Human Rights Watch advisory committee, to come down to “answer some questions about his car.” (Incidentally, this was the same approach that security officials used to take Naji Hamdan, a United States citizen who allegedly was tortured in custody.) Fearing a trap, he refused to come down, but was taken away by a second group of security officers that same afternoon.

Two days later Nasser bin Ghaith, a prominent Emirati economist and lecturer at the Abu Dhabi branch of the University of Paris-Sorbonne, was also carted away. His ostensible crime was urging the UAE, on television shows and in panel discussions, to become more transparent, as a means to further economic development. In subsequent days, three other online activists, Fahad Salim Dalk, Hassan Ali al-Khamis and Ahmed Abdul Khaleq, were arrested. In the weeks that followed, the government dissolved the boards of two of the country’s oldest civil society organizations, the Jurists’ Association and the Teachers’ Association, for signing a similar petition.

continue reading The Nation

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Amnesty UAE Dubai – Ahmad Mansoor Fahad Salem al-Shehh Nasser bin Ghaith

Posted by 7starsdubai on April 16, 2011


ADVOCATES OF POLITICAL REFORM DETAINED IN UAE

Amnesty International UAE Dubai

Two civil society activists and an economist have been detained in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), apparently linked to their calls for political reform. Their lawyer does not know where they are being held. They are likely to be prisoners of conscience.

Ahmad Mansoor, a blogger associated with Hewar, an online political forum that is blocked by the UAE authorities, was detained on 8 April by a group of plain-clothed security officials from Amn al-Dawla, the UAE’s security police, together with two uniformed police. They took him from his home which they then searched, removing computers, books and documents. Hours earlier, before dawn, he had received a visit from men who said they were police and wanted to question him about his car, but he refused to accompany them, suspecting that it was a ruse to detain him. Reports suggest that the UAE authorities are attributing his arrest to an alcohol offence, saying bottles of whisky were found in Ahmed Mansoor’s car; however, the real reason for his arrest is believed to be his activism in supporting calls for political and other change in the UAE. The UAE is a confederation of seven emirates whose ruling families do not permit direct elections or political parties.

Fahad Salem al-Shehhi, 38, was arrested at his home in Ajman Emirate at 7 pm on 10 April. He too is associated with the online political forum, Hewar. Nasser bin Ghaith, an economist and lecturer at the Abu Dhabi branch of the Sorbonne University in Paris, was also detained on 10 April in Dubai. He too has written articles online advocating political reform in the UAE.

According to three detainees’ lawyer, the authorities said they would produce them at a holding centre in Dubai but then failed to do so. There are fears that they may be held by Amn al-Dawla in Abu Dhabi and that they are at risk of torture or other ill-treatment. Their lawyer expressed particular concern for Ahmed Mansoor, who he said had received death threats and told Amnesty International that he, too, had received death threats via Facebook.
PLEASE WRITE IMMEDIATELY in Arabic, English or your own language:

  • Expressing concern about the arrest and detention of Ahmad Mansoor, Fahad Salem al-Shehhi and Nasser bin Ghaith, all known peaceful advocates of political reform, and asking to be informed of the reasons for their arrest and their current legal status;
  • Calling for the three detainees to be released immediately and unconditionally if, as it appears, they are prisoners of conscience who are being held solely on account of their peaceful expression of their conscientiously held beliefs;
  • Urging the authorities to immediately disclose their whereabouts, to ensure that they are protected from torture and other ill-treatment and have access to a lawyer, their families and any medical treatment they might require;
  • Calling on the authorities to remove restrictions on the exercise of the right to freedom of expression, association and assembly, in line with international human rights law and standards.

PLEASE SEND APPEALS BEFORE 26 MAY 2011 TO:

Vice-President and Prime Minister

Shaikh Mohammad bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, Co-Chair of the Higher National Security Council,

Office of the Prime Minister

POB 2838, Dubai, UAE

Fax: +971 4 3531974; Email through web:http://www.uaepm.ae/en/communicate/index.html (1st*=Full name; 2nd*=Age;3rd*=Nationality;4th*=Place of Work;5th*=Email;6th*=Type of Communication – select “Suggestion”; 7th*=Subject;8th*=Message)

Salutation: Your Highness

Minister of Interior

Lt-General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al-Nahyan

Minister of Interior

Human Rights Directorate

POB: 398, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Fax: +971 4 3981119

Salutation: Your Excellency

And copies to:

Minister of Foreign Affairs

Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahya

POB 1, Abu Dhabi,

United Arab Emirates

Fax: +971 2 4447766

Salutation: Your Excellency

Also send copies to diplomatic representatives accredited to your country. Check with your section office if sending appeals after the above date.

ADVOCATES OF POLITICAL REFORM DETAINED IN UAE

Additional Information

Human Rights UAE

Human Rights UAE Dubai

The United Arab Emirates is a federation of seven emirates, each governed by an absolute ruler called an amir. The individual emirates do not hold local elections. Instead, a regionally determined and selected National Electoral Committee elects half the members of a consultative body, the 40-person Federal National Council (FNC), which sits in Abu Dhabi. The other 20 are appointed by the president. The term of office is two years. Amongst its limited remit, the FNC can examine and amend federal legislation but not veto it.

On 9 March, over 130 civil and political rights activists in the UAE petitioned the president of the UAE to introduce universal, direct elections for the FNC and to give it legislative powers. Ahmed Mansoor had strongly and openly supported the petition and gave a range of media interviews to support the initiative.

Human Rights Watch, in a statement on 9 April, noted that Ahmed Mansoor is a member of the Middle East and North Africa advisory committee at the organisation and that HRW “honored and recognized his efforts to promote human rights in the Emirates at a news conference in Dubai on January 26.” (see: http://www.hrw.org/en/news/2011/04/09/uae-government-detains-human-rights-defender?print)

On 11 April, a Dubai police official was quoted in Abu Dhabi’s The National newspaper saying that Ahmed Mansoor was detained on the authority of the Federal Prosecutor in connection with a ‘criminal case’. However, no details were provided. Amnesty International believes this to be a pretext to legitimise his arrest.

Ahmed Mansoor, like his lawyer, Abdelhamid al-Kumaitli, has recreived death threats via Facebook. One, according to HRW, was sent on 5 April and stated: “Ahmed Mansoor, you are dead. I swear that I will search for you in every house. I swear to God that I will cut you in pieces … if I don’t slaughter you, my cousins will cut your head, you dog.”

Ahmed Mansoor and Fahad al-Shehhi were reportedly active in Hewar, an online political forum which is banned in the UAE. Nasser bin Ghaith is an economics professor at the Abu Dhabi branch of France’s Sorbonne University.

Political suspects in the UAE are commonly held incommunicado in undisclosed locations. Those arrested by Amn al-Dawla are reportedly often kept in solitary confinement. A few political detainees have been allowed to make brief and limited phone calls to their families.

Political parties do not exist in the UAE; political dissent is not tolerated and there are severe restrictions on freedom of expression and association. Websites have been targeted for closure and their owners prosecuted for defamation.

The use of torture of political detainees has been widely reported. Methods have included sleep deprivation, suspension by the wrists or ankles followed by severe beatings to the soles of the feet and even the use of electric shocks to various parts of the body.

The UN Human Rights Committee has commented that routine prolonged solitary confinement is inconsistent with the obligation on states to ensure prisoners are treated with humanity and with respect for their inherent dignity. (General comment 21/44, 6 April 1992).

UA: 111/11 Index: MDE 25/001/2011 Issue Date: 13  PDF Urgent Action Amnesty International April 2011

Source Amnesty International

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UAE human rights activist Ahmed Mansoor detained after death threats

Posted by 7starsdubai on April 10, 2011


Duba April 9, 2011 – Ahmed Mansoor, Human Rights Activist and Blogger from the United Arab Emirates , was taken from his apartment in Dubai on Friday April 8, 2011 afternoon,  he has not been heard from since he was taken from his Dubai apartment Friday, his wife said.

Twitter Account of Ahmed Mansoor

CNN report that Lt. General Dhahi Khalfan Tamim, the commander-in-chief of Dubai police, said he was not aware whether Mansoor had been arrested, but promised to look into it.

The last posts  from the Website and the Twitter Account of Ahmed Mansoor

Came up to me at 3:50 They came to take me in at 3:50 am

April 8, 2011

The security guard of my building came to my apartment at 3:50 am few minutes ago. I could tell immediately that there is something wrong. i reluctantly opened and asked him what? he said there are three policemen waiting for you in the main entrance, i told him are you sure they are policemen? he said yes. they told me to tell to go and see them down, i told him what they need? he said they say something related to the car. i told him then send them up to my apartment. closed the door and called Dubai police immediately, and i told him the story that i was told by the guard, and i told them that i have been receiving death threats and that i can not go down like this. they told me you are right and we will send some one to check, stay home. after minutes somebody from Dubai police called me from his mobile and asked me guide him to the place, i did, he told me i will call you back.

he called me back after minutes telling that they are suspecting your car and would like to take it. i told him if they want to take the car they can do that in the morning, not 2:50 am. or they are the State Security making their old trick i further said. he said now will you come down or not? i told him if they want the car they can take it, he said what about your belongings, i said there is nothing valuable there, they can take it.

this method is well known method of the State Security because they do not have an arrest warrant, they make such tricks to bring you down and take you. i’m ready to go, but they should either do it the right way or by force.

I refused to go down from my apartment and started writing this email. not sure if they took the car or not, i will not soon know. the scenario is that if they take it, they can put whatever they like inside and make a case against me. i’m declaring here that my car is clean of unlawful material, it has a swiss style knife that put there today after receiving 6 death threats and some papers of no great importance.

 

Regards,

Ahmed Mansoor

________________________

Death threats against me and on the verge of dismissal from work

Ahmed Mansoor wrote April  7, 2011

Dear all,

I would like to inform you all that I’m facing an unprecedented campaign against me, the result, until yesterday, before the middle of the night, six clear and direct death threats with their real names, phone numbers and some were using their real photos in their facebook profile. They were all UAE citizens and belong to the tribe called ”Al Mazrouei”. The Campaigns and the outrageous insults against me by some individuals were posted in the blogs, Twitter, Facebook and BlackBerry.  All this campaign came after we posted the petition dircted to the head of state and rulers of the Emirates calling for reform in the FNC (the parliament) to extend legislative and regulatory power to it, and after our appearance in some media channels talking about these demands, revolutions in the region, and implications the sensitive time in the region. The strange matter is that most of those who death threatened me declared their full names, phone numbers and some were using their real photos apparently in their facebook profile!

Post by Ahmed Mansoor Dubai from his Website

additionally, Etisalat (the Teleocom provider), which owns the largest share in my company that I work for (Thuraya Teleocm. Comp.) decided suddenly that they need to move Ahmed Masnoor, to work in their group subsidiary in Paksitan. Although I have no relation with Etisalat whatsoever and my contract is directly with Thuraya and Thuraya does not have an office in Pakistan or elsewhere other than UAE.

I still do not understand under what legal stand does Etisalat order Thuraya to take this action.  Management in my company (Chief Human Resource Officer first, then CEO the same day – yesterday, 6 April 2011) told me that the matter is not in their hand and they have no control over it.

There was no doubt in my mind that the matter was an order from the State Security to find a mechanism to get rid of me.

They would get rid of me in all cases in a politically correct way, if I accept, I go to Pakistan, if I don’t I will be fired.

I certainly refused to go to Pakistan regardless of the offer. I certainly refused to go to Pakistan regardless of the offer. I never signed a contract with Etisalat, and my contract is directly with Thuraya. I never signed a contract with Etisalat, and my contract is directly with Thuraya. The management of my company was professional and friendly and appreciating to my work, they dealt with me on that basis, it was beyond their hands.

Thought they did not state it, it was clear to all of us that this came from the State Security due to my activism in Human Rights, demand for political reform and late appearance in many TV shows.

I expect that they will soon send me termination letter as I refused to go to Pakistan. I expect that they will soon send me termination letter as I refused to go to Pakistan.

Just wanted to keep you in the picture. Just wanted to keep you in the picture.

Regards, Regards,

Ahmed Mansoor

___________________________

UAE: “internet thugs” attacking militants

March 17, 2011

Following the trend in Egypt, Yemen, Libya and Bahrain, some Emirati “Internet Thugs” have been attacking activists, Jurists and the signatories of a recent petition that called for a reform of the Federal National Council (Parliament) which has been signed by more than 400 citizens after it was published on the Internet.

The Internet, especially the Facebook, Twitter and online discussion forums, has been witnessing an unprecedented attack from some Internet users on activists, noticeably after the revolution of Egypt. The Internet, especially the Facebook, Twitter and online discussion forums, has been witnessing an unprecedented attack from some Internet users on activists, noticeably after the revolution of Egypt. Attacks however peaked after the reach of protests to Oman and Bahrain. Attacks however peaked after the reach of protests to Oman and Bahrain.

Internet Thugs have been using verbal abuses and insults, threats of physical harm, and recently distributed a electronic circular describing activists as traitors and posting their photos around a gallows (see link below), in a Simi-replica of the scenario that accused Bahraini activist of coup plot. Internet Thugs have been using verbal abuses and insults, threats of physical harm, and recently distributed a electronic circular describing activists as traitors and posting their photos around a gallows (see link below), in a Simi-replica of the scenario that accused Bahraini activist of coup plot.

Some activists believe that these thugs may belong to security agencies; as UAE usually, and quickly, block such Internet sites, while no action has been taken so far towards these thugs so far, especially that many UAE laws criminalize such acts. Some activists believe that these thugs may belong to security agencies; as UAE usually, and quickly, block such Internet sites, while no action has been taken so far towards these thugs so far, especially that many UAE laws criminalize such acts.

Some activists whom their photos appeared in the electronic circular hold the security authorities responsible for their personal security and request them to stop the systematic abuse against them. Some activists whom their photos appeared in the electronic circular hold the security authorities responsible for their personal security and request them to stop the systematic abuse against them.

Internet penetration in UAE is one of the most in the Arab world compared to number of the population, opposition and dissents sites however are usually blocked quickly. Internet penetration in UAE is one of the most in the Arab world compared to number of the population, opposition and dissents sites however are usually blocked quickly. Reports have also indicated the targeting and harassments of Internet activists by the State Security. Reports have also indicated the targeting and harassments of Internet activists by the State Security.

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Link to electronic circular that describe Activist as traitors and shows their photos around a gallows: http://a8.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/190586_210556472295289_100000228123468_976955_36405_n.jpg Link to electronic circular that describe Activist as traitors and shows their photos around a gallows: http://a8.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/190586_210556472295289_100000228123468_976955_36405_n.jpg

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UAE detains democracy Activist and Blogger Ahmed Mansoor in Dubai

Posted by 7starsdubai on April 8, 2011


DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Authorities in the United Arab Emirates detained a blogger and rights activist who had said he’s gotten death threats for calling for political freedoms and an elected parliament in the Gulf nation.

Ahmed Mansour was detained Friday at his home in Dubai, his wife and a colleague told The Associated Press. Mansour’s wife, Nadia, said 10 policemen – some wearing civilian clothes – searched their house for three hours before taking her husband into custody and seizing two laptops and several documents.

Human Rights UAE

Human Rights UAE

“They were calm and polite, but they did not allow me to speak to my husband while they were in the house,” she said. A female officer was guarding her while others searched the house and questioned her husband. They refused to tell her where they were taking him, she said.

Another political activist and a prominent Emirati lawyer, Mohammed al-Mansouri, also reported the arrest.

Police and government officials could not be reached for comment.

source  TheState by Barbara Surk

Read also Reuters UAE Activist Ahmed Mansour says faces threats , smear campaign

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United Arab Emirates intellectuals petitioned their ruler for free and democratic elections

Posted by 7starsdubai on March 9, 2011


source CNN

A group of 133 United Arab Emirates nationals have petitioned the president of the country for direct elections.

It includes academics, former government officials, journalists and activists, said Ahmed Mansoor, one of the petitioners.

The petition comes in the midst of a wave of unrest and political change across the region that has brought new leadership to Egypt and Tunisia.

The petition is addressed to President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and the members of the Supreme Council of the seven Emirates that form the U.A.E.

In addition to elections, the group is also asking that the Federal National Council be granted legislative powers. The body only works in an advisory capacity and has no regulatory powers.

“The group called for a comprehensive reform of the parliamentary system of the Federal National Council (the Parliament), and included demands for free elections by all citizens,” Mansoor said in an email. “It also demanded reform of legislation governing the work of the Parliament to include legislative and monitoring authorities and calling for necessary constitutional amendments to ensure that.”

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Human Rights Dubai – Details of a detention in UAE

Posted by 7starsdubai on September 19, 2010


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Report from 2006

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Mohammed al-Roken is perhaps the most prominent human rights activist in Dubai. That distinction has cost him. He was arrested twice. The government forced him out of his job as a professor, canceled his public lectures and banned him from writing in newspapers. His passport was seized, barring him from traveling abroad.

Dr. Mohammed Al Roken was in the lobby of one of Dubai’s hotels on 27 July 2006 where he was with a German lady discussing the convening of an international conference on human rights. Suddenly they were surrounded by a group of security and intelligence men and they were both taken to the Dubai Police General Command – Security and Intelligence Department. Each of them was interrogated separately. The interrogation with Al Roken started with questions about his involvement in Islamic work and his connections with international legal and media organizations.

The questioning was accompanied by insults and degradation. When he started to hold back and remind them of his rights pointing out that he knows no reason for such a surprising and illegal arrest, security men started making fun of him and of the human rights he was talking about.

They threatened him that if he does not cooperate and provide information and stop his activities they will frame him by accusing him of an immoral act. They played a tape of a phone call where Dr. Al Roken was talking to a woman and told him that they were able of dubbing the tape in such a way to use it as evidence to damage his reputation and “expose him before the public”. At the same time the interrogators continued with their humiliating treatment of him. Extremely tired, Dr. Al Roken was forced to give some information about his activities in the fields of human rights and
reform and his affiliations inside the country and outside it without giving too many details.

Late at night, the security men brought him some food. After eating he felt so tired and fell asleep. When he woke up in the morning he felt that his clothes were wet. As he was checking his clothes, the security men took all his clothes off and gave him other clothes to wear. They told him that they will keep the clothes for evidence against him in the crime they are going to invent against him. He had feelings of depression and fear of damaged reputation. After heaps of insults, he was told to get ready as his family was coming to take him home. He was glad to hear that and got ready for going home.

He was taken to another room where a security officer was sitting behind a desk with a document in front of him. Dr. Al Roken was asked to sign the document, when he asked about the content of the document, he was told that it was a
statement admitting to having committed adultery with the German lady. He rejected this and insisted on his innocence, but he was threatened that he will be taken back to cells again where he will be subjected to extreme
psychological torture and will not see his family. At the time Dr. Al Roken had lost his balance and ability to argue, he signed the document telling the interrogator that he does not admit to anything in the statement and that he
signed it under duress. His priority was to get away from pressure and torture, he was asked not to tell anyone of what has happened to him.

Two interrogators took turns in interrogating Dr. Al Roken, one of them dealt the rough treatment and threats and the other dealt the more human treatment and urged Dr. Al Roken to cooperate and he would be
released in a few hours.

After signing the document, Dr. Al Roken was released and arrived home tired and in a very sorry state. He told his family what has happened to him.

Amongst the things he told his family is that the security men were displeased with the relations Dr. Al Roken has with
influential figures in UAE such as Sheikh Sultan Bin Kayed al-Qasemi and others.

He added that the security authorities were upset with his writings, interviews and participation in human rights activities worldwide and asked him to stop all these activities.

Immediately after his release, Dr. Al Roken traveled with his family abroad. On his return security men started contacting him and he refused meeting them for a while then he accepted a meeting with one of them at
the Bustan hotel in Dubai.
The agent asked him for information about the Islamic movement that he is affiliated with. Dr. Al Roken refused to cooperate asking the agent how did he expect him to cooperate while his department had already started, as threatened, damaging his reputation by spreading rumors that he has committed adultery which was not true. The agent denied that his department was spreading such rumors, but Dr. Al Roken told him that his brother and friends told him that such a rumor was being spread and the meeting ended without any results after two hours.

He was summoned again [to the interrogation centre] on Wednesday morning 23/8/2006, he tried not to attend but he was threatened with being arrested. He told his family and brothers before going to the centre where he had to wait till 5:00 pm when they brought him food and drink but he refused to eat or drink to avoid a repeat of what has happened to him the first time.

After that he was blindfolded and a tough interrogator, who was specialized in psychological torture, came into the room and started heaping insults on Dr. Al Roken describing him as an animal, someone without heart or humanity and ill-mannered and tried to get information out of him about the his various activities and names of people he meets in the country and abroad. He was threatened that if he does not admit they will bring members of his family and make them watch a video of him in a sexual act. Dr. Al Roken replied that they have already started to spread damaging rumors about him and that he was sure of his innocence and their threats do not frighten him the least.

The interrogation and psychological torture lasted until 7:10 pm, when he was allowed to pray. After the prayers, another interrogator interviewed Dr. Al Roken without the blindfolds this time. The interrogator started calming him down and apologizing for the rough treatment. Dr. Al Roken was left to spend the night in a cell.

On Thursday morning, the same rough interrogator came to see Dr. Al Roken and repeated the same insults and degrading treatment, but Dr. Al Roken did not cooperate, the session lasted for about three hours. He was then left till Friday afternoon when he was asked to phone his family and ask them to come and bring along his passport to take him home. Dr. Al Roken left his prison cell home extremely tired and in a state of shock as a resultof the psychological torture he was subjected .

The Security Department in Dubai applied for the prosecution of Dr. Al Roken on the accusation of committing adultery with the German lady. The Prosecution Services will decide on Sunday 10 September 2006 whether to go
ahead with the prosecution or not. The Security Department in Dubai threatened that the Prosecution
Services, the forensic laboratories and the Judiciary were all under their influence and that even if Dr. Al Roken was found to be innocent they would have achieved the goal of damaging his reputation.

According to lawyer and independent human rights activist Muhammad al-Roken, the government returned his passport in May 2007 but in 2008 the Ministry of Justice threatened to cancel his law license. Al-Roken received a three-month suspended sentence after being charged with sex out of wedlock in a politically motivated case in 2007.

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