Human Rights Watch and the Gulf Center for Human Rights said that the health of Emirati human rights activist Ahmed Mansoor is deteriorating after more than three years in solitary confinement without access to basic necessities, and Mansour is a member of an advisory board in both organizations.
The two organizations stated that between December 2017 and March 2018, the UAE authorities removed his bed and deprived him of adequate winter clothes or hot water, to leave him exposed to the winter cold in his cell.
Mansour, 51, was diagnosed with high blood pressure in late 2018, and no drug was given to treat him, which puts him at high risk of heart disease and stroke, according to the same source.
Adam Coogle, deputy Middle East director at Human Rights Watch, said, “This is the fourth winter that passes for Ahmed Mansour, as he suffers in a small, dirty solitary cell, only because of his human rights activism in a country bent on silencing anyone who deviates from official policy. There is no doubt that isolation. For years, the harsh conditions affected his mental and physical health. “
In 2019, Mansour went on a hunger strike twice to demand access to prisoners’ basic rights, including ending his solitary confinement and receiving the necessities. His second hunger strike, which lasted for about 45 days, during which he lost 11 kilograms, raised concerns about his health and caused global calls for immediate and non-release. Conditional it up.
Emirati security forces arrested Mansoor on March 20, 2017, and for more than a year prevented him from contacting a lawyer, and allowed only limited visits from his family, and he was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment in May 2018 after a closed trial on charges of insulting the “prestige and status of the UAE and its symbols.” , As a result of his peaceful calls for reform.
On December 31, 2018, the Federal Supreme Court – the country’s court of last resort in state security cases – upheld the ruling against him, nullifying his last chance for early release.
The two organizations stated that the UAE authorities have been holding Mansour, since his arrest, in solitary confinement in Al-Sadr prison, and have constantly prevented him from any contact with the rest of the prisoners, in conditions that may amount to torture, and made clear that international law recognizes the harm of solitary confinement and its potentially devastating effects on the health and well-being of They pass by.
Human Rights Watch and the Gulf Center for Human Rights said that the UAE authorities should release Mansoor immediately and unconditionally, end his solitary confinement, and provide him with necessary medicines, winter clothes, blankets, mattress, and a bed.
Executive Director of the Gulf Center for Human Rights, Khaled Ibrahim, said, “The Emirati authorities should celebrate Ahmed Mansoor’s human rights and humanitarian efforts for the benefit of UAE citizens instead of imprisoning him. His ill-treatment or torture will never deter him from his pursuit of his demands. We have known him for several years as a courageous defender, and the more he was targeted. , He showed his determination to achieve his desired goal, which is for everyone to obtain their rights. “