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.
October 14, 2018
David Haigh spoke out after it emerged a British university student had been held ‘without explanation’ for five months.
A lawyer tortured in Dubai has urged Scottish judges working in the United Arab Emirate to challenge human rights abuses or quit.
Former Leeds United chairman David Haigh spoke out after it emerged Durham University student Matthew Hedges had been held “without explanation” for five months.
Matthew’s wife has claimed that his rights are being “violated on a daily basis” after being accused of spying.
A Sunday Mail investigation last week revealed Scottish and other UK judges are on the payroll of the UAE despite its toxic human rights record.
Haigh was arrested in Dubai in 2014 after a dispute with his former employers and tortured while held in prison without trial for 14 months.
Haigh, of campaign group Detained in Dubai, said: “In light of yet another British citizen being held by the UAE and deprived of basic legal rights, these judges need to speak out and call for an urgent investigation.
“If that is not done properly then they need to resign. For Scottish and English judges to continue turning a blind eye to flagrant abuses of human rights and the rule of law is untenable.”
February 6, 2018
The Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR) calls on the United Arab Emirates (UAE) government to fully implements recommendations made during its third United Nations Universal Periodic Review (UPR).
The Working Group on the UPR held its third review of the UAE’s human rights record during its 29th Session held in Geneva between 15 and 26 January 2018. During the review, 97 countries submitted written statements with 232 recommendations and the UAE government made a number of voluntary pledges. The UAE promised to examine 230 of the recommendations and noted two of them related to the ongoing diplomatic crisis with Qatar.
The UPR revealed a number of areas in which the UAE government has failed to deliver since its previous UPR took place in 2013. These include recommendations to ratify key international human rights instruments such as the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights; create an independent national human rights institution in line with the Paris Principles; amend legislation to ensure that domestic laws are brought in line with international human rights standards on the right to freedom of expression; and protect human rights defenders from harassment, intimidation, and discrimination.
GCHR echoes the human rights concerns raised during the recent UPR review and specifically calls on the UAE government to take immediate steps to implement recommendations made in the following areas of concern:
Other human rights defenders who are continuing to serve lengthy prison sentences following grossly unfair trials include human rights lawyers Dr. Mohammed Al-Roken and Dr. Mohammed Al-Mansoori, who were both sentenced to 10 years’ imprisonment in a mass trial known as the UAE94 which took place in 2013 for their outspoken support for human rights and after signing a petition which called for universal suffrage in the UAE.
le 12 octobre, 2017
L’Union internationale des avocats (UIA) lance une campagne pour exiger des autorités émiraties la libération de l’avocat défenseur des droits de l’homme Mohammed al-Roken.
Au travers d’une campagne d’affichage et de plaidoyer, l’UIA encourage ses membres, en particulier et la communauté juridique internationale, en géénral, à faire « pression » sur le gouvernement émirati par l’envoi de courriers dénonçant l’injustice de la détention de Mohammed al-Roken. Un modèle de lettre est disponible sur son site.
« Aucun défenseur ne doit être détenu ou emprisonné du fait de l’exercice pacifique de ses droits à la liberté d’expression et d’association », affirme la présidente de l’UIA Laurence Bory qui estime que « la détention de Me Mohammed al-Roken est incompatible avec les responsabilités et les engagements des Émirats Arabes Unis en tant que membre du Conseil des droits de l’homme. »
Pour rappel, l’avocat émirati a été arrêté le 17 juillet 2012 dans le cadre d’arrestations de masse à l’égard de défenseurs des droits de l’homme, de juges, d’intellectuels et de leaders de la communauté étudiante. Ces arrestations faisaient suite à une pétition réclamant des réformes pour une plus grande démocratisation de l’État. À l’issue du procès des 94 Émiratis également connu sous l’acronyme “UAE94”, l’avocat été condamné, le 2 juillet 2013, à 10 ans de prison, dont trois de probation et une interdiction d’exercer pour avoir créé une organisation ayant soi-disant pour objectif de renverser le gouvernement.
L’avocat émirati a été soumis à des actes de torture, privé d’un droit à la défense effective et les observateurs indépendants n’ont pu accéder aux audiences. Reconnu pour son engagement en faveur des droits de l’homme, Mohammed al-Roken s’est vu décerné le Prix international des droits de l’homme Ludovic Trarieux en mai 2017.
10 novembre 2017: l’Avvocatura internazionale a Venezia in occasione della consegna del Premio Ludovic Trarieux 2017, assegnato all’avv. Mohammed al-Roken degli Emirati Arabi Uniti e per tutti i difensori dei diritti umani minacciati, incarcerati, uccisi a causa della loro attività http://bit.ly/2yfjhV1
November 1, 2016
Human Rights Watch on Tuesday slammed a “well-funded” clampdown on Gulf Arab rights activists and urged the six monarchies to implement “much-needed reforms” instead of jailing peaceful critics.
The New York-based watchdog made its latest call for reform in Gulf Cooperation Council states as it launched an interactive website with the profiles of 140 prominent Gulf activists — reflecting Twitter’s 140-character limit — who have been arrested, tried and sentenced for voicing their opinions online over the past six years.
They include prominent Bahraini activist Nabeel Rajab, who is on trial on charges of “spreading false information and posting online insults,” and Saudi activist Waleed Abulkhair who is serving a 15-year jail sentence.
Also among those listed is Emirati lawyer Mohammed al-Roken, who was jailed in 2013 with 69 people for 15 years after being convicted of plotting to overthrow the regime.
“The Gulf states have engaged in a systematic and well-funded assault on free speech to subvert the potentially transformative impact of social media and internet technology,” said HRW’s Middle East director Sarah Leah Whitson.