UAE/Prix Ludovic Trarieux: Jailed UAE lawyer awarded major human rights prize

May 27, 2017

According to Amnesty International, UAE lawyer Mohammed al-Roken's trial

A UAE lawyer sentenced to 10 years in 2013 for plotting against the regime was on Saturday awarded a major human rights award.

Mohammed al-Roken was among 69 people jailed on charges of conspiring to overthrow the government following a mass trial criticised by rights groups.

Awarding him the Ludovic Trarieux Award, the prize committee said Roken had devoted two decades to defending fundamental freedoms.

A former head of the UAE Jurists’ Association, Roken, 54, was arrested in July 2012, after taking on the defence of several government opponents, including seven islamists.

The prize jury lamented that Roken’s trial had gone ahead behind closed doors and demanded his immediate release.

Amnesty International’s Middle East and North Africa deputy director at the time staunchly criticised both the proceedings and the verdicts. (FRANCAIS) (FRANCAIS) (FRANCAIS) (FRANCAIS) (ARABIC) (ARABIC) (ARABIC) (ESPANOL) (ITALIANO) (DEUTSCH) (GREEK) (INDONESIAN)

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2017 Dr winner of Ludovic Trarieux prize2017

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