UAE court upholds 10-year prison sentence for activist Ahmed Mansoor

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Human rights teams have referred to as on the Emiratis to launch Mansoor instantly (Youtube)

A courtroom within the United Arab Emirates has upheld a 10-year jail sentence for human rights activist Ahmed Mansoor, a choice that Amnesty Worldwide mentioned reveals “there is no such thing as a area without cost expression” within the Gulf nation.

Citing two nameless sources, Reuters information company mentioned the UAE’s state safety courtroom upheld the 10-year jail time period and a nice of roughly $270,000 (Dh1 million) towards Mansoor on Monday.

Mansoor, a pro-democracy campaigner who was jailed for criticising the Emirati authorities on social media, was sentenced to 10 years in jail in Could 2018 for posts he made on Fb and Twitter after he was convicted of publishing false data, amongst different expenses.

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“Right this moment’s courtroom choice to uphold Ahmed Mansoor’s conviction and 10-year jail sentence confirms there is no such thing as a area without cost expression within the United Arab Emirates,” mentioned Lynn Maalouf, Amnesty Worldwide’s Center East analysis director, in a press release.

“Ahmed Mansoor’s solely ‘crime’ was to precise his peaceable opinions on social media, and it’s outrageous that he’s being punished with such a heavy jail sentence.”

Mansoor, a 49-year-old electrical engineer and poet, was amongst 5 activists convicted of insulting the UAE’s rulers in 2011. They had been pardoned the identical yr.

He was arrested once more in March 2017 at his house in Ajman, on expenses of publishing false data and rumours, selling a sectarian and hate-incited agenda, and utilizing social media to “hurt nationwide unity and social concord and injury the nation’s repute”.

After Monday’s courtroom choice, UAE-based newspaper The Nationwide additionally reported that Mansoor will spend three years underneath surveillance after his launch.

Amnesty’s Maalouf mentioned the courtroom’s choice is closing and can’t be appealed, and he or she referred to as on the Emirati authorities to quash his conviction, “and launch him instantly and uncoditionally”.

United Nations human rights consultants, the European Parliament, Human Rights Watch and different rights teams have urged the UAE to launch Mansoor and condemned his detention as a violation of freedom of expression and opinion.

In 2015, Mansoor acquired the Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders, an annual prize awarded by a panel of worldwide human rights NGOs, for his work documenting the human rights scenario within the UAE.

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