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Free prisoner of conscience Ahmed Mansoor
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Ahmed Mansoor, recipient of the Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders in 2015, has been in detention since March 20 2017. Before dawn on March 20th, about a dozen security officers raided the home in Ajman, UAE, where Ahmed Mansoor lives with his wife and four young children, seizing all the family’s laptops and mobile devices, and taking Ahmed himself.
Ahmed Mansoor is serving a 10-year sentence following his May 2018 conviction by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) State Security Chamber of the Federal Appeal Court. He was convicted on charges including "insulting the status and prestige of the UAE and its symbols," including its leaders, "publish[ing] false information to damage [the] UAE’s reputation abroad” and “portray[ing] the UAE as a lawless land.” He has been kept in solitary confinement since his arrest in March 2017.
Mansoor, an engineer by profession and a poet, has a reputation as one of the leading human rights defenders in the Gulf region, and serves on the advisory boards of Human Rights Watch’s Middle East division and the Gulf Centre for Human Rights. He has publicly spoken out in defense of human rights on his blog, via social media and in interviews with international media.
In addition to 10 years imprisonment and a fine of 1,000,000 Emirati Dirham (approximately USD $270,000), the court also ordered placing him under surveillance for three years following his release.