November 14, 2018
The Manchester chapter of Amnesty International (AI) celebrated the birthdays of two human rights activists being detained in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Members of the public and policymakers were invited to St Peter’s Square for birthday cake and to sign the petition calling for the political activists’ immediate release.
An oversized birthday card for the human rights defenders was brought to the square to be signed.
Labour Party Councillor for Burnage, Ben Clay, arrived to sign the card and show his support for the two activists.
Speaking with Mancunian Matters, Councillor Clay said: “These abuses bring shame upon the government of the UAE, and also upon those who have dealings with them.”
Dr Al-Roken is a human rights lawyer sentenced to ten years in prison in July 2013 after criticising the UAE’s leaders and its policies.