Urgent Action update: Hunger-striking academic in critical condition

Dr Nasser bin Ghaith’s health has severely deteriorated. The prominent Emirati economist and academic has been on hunger strike for over 70 days in al-Razeen prison in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to protest the detention conditions and the denial of access to medical care. He is a prisoner of conscience.

Take action.

Please write immediately in Arabic, English or your own language:

  • Calling on the UAE authorities to quash Dr Nasser bin Ghaith’s conviction and sentence and release him immediately and unconditionally, as he is a prisoner of conscience detained solely for peacefully exercising his rights to freedom of expression, association, and assembly;
  • Urging the authorities to protect him from torture and other ill-treatment; and to order an independent and effective investigation into his allegations of enforced disappearance, torture and other ill-treatment;
  • Calling on them urgently to transfer Dr Nasser bin Ghaith to a hospital where he can receive appropriate medical care from independent health professionals.




Vice-President and Prime Minister

HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin

Rashid al-Maktoum

Prime Minister’s Office

PO Box 212000

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Fax: +971 4 330 4044

Email via web: https://uaecabinet.ae/en/contact-the-prime-minister

Twitter: @HHShkMohd

Salutation: Your Highness


Minister of Interior

Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan          

Zayed Sport City, Arab Gulf Street,

Near to Shaikh Zayed Mosque

PO Box 398

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Fax: +971 2 402 2762/ +971 2 441 5780

Salutation: Your Highness  


And copies to:

Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi

HH Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan

Crown Prince Court

King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz

Al Saud Street,

P.O. Box 124

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Fax: +971 2 668 6622 

Twitter: @MohamedBinZayed


Also send copies to diplomatic representatives accredited to your country.

HIS EXCELLENCY MR SULAIMAN HAMID ALMAZROUI, Embassy of the United Arab Emirates, 1-2 Grosvenor Cres, Belgravia London SW1X 7EE, 020 7581 1281, email pressuk@mofa.gov.ae www.uae-embassy.ae/uk

Please check with your section office if sending appeals after the above date


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