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Pegasus Project: UAE's Princess Latifa and Princess Haya were potential targets

Princess Latifa was held incommunicado in Dubai for around three years after being abducted at sea in March 2018 © Amnesty International

Abducted Emirati princess and wife of authoritarian Emir of Dubai were on list of those deemed potential targets by a client of NSO Group UAE one of 11 countries with a record of interest in the controversial spyware ‘NSO Group’s Pegasus spyware potentially helped to strip Princess Latifa of her freedom’ - Rasha Abdul Rahim New evidence uncovered by the Pegasus Project has revealed that the phone numbers of Emirati princessess Latifa bint Mohammed Al Maktoum and Haya bint Hussein were listed as potential targets by clients of spyware company NSO Group in a leak batch of 50,000 telephone

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UAE: Princess Latifa's 'chilling' video messages must be acted on

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the ruler of Dubai © Francois Nel/Getty Images

Fears growing for Emirati princess held for almost three years after being abducted UN intervention is welcome, but UAE needs more international scrutiny ‘Sheikha Latifa has been subjected to a catalogue of human rights violations’ - Lynn Maalouf Responding to yesterday’s BBC Panorama programme featuring video messages recorded in April 2019 by Emirati Princess Latifa Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum declaring herself a “hostage” in Dubai, Lynn Maalouf, Amnesty International’s Middle East Deputy Director, said: “The contents of the videos Sheikha Latifa recorded are chilling, and we are

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US: Halting arms sales to Saudi Arabia a 'big step' - but more must be done

President Biden has said that 'the war in Yemen must end' © Kevin Dietsch/UPI/Bloomberg/Getty

US to stop supporting Saudi-led operations in Yemen, including the sale of precision-guided munitions Amnesty is calling for all arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the UAE to be blocked ‘Crimes committed with arms sold by the US must be investigated’ - Philippe Nassif Responding to the Biden administration's announcement that the United States will cease support for the Saudi/UAE-led coalition engaged in Yemen, Philippe Nassif, advocacy director for the Middle East and North Africa, said: “As the conflict in Yemen enters its seventh year, it is vital that the United States commits to prioritising

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Yemen: Biden's temporary suspension of arms sales to Saudi Arabia and UAE 'a welcome relief'

© © Kevin Dietsch/UPI/Bloomberg/Getty

“The suspension of arms sales by the US is a step in the right direction and ups the pressure on European countries - most notably the UK and France - to follow suit” – Philippe Nassif Responding to the decision by US President Joe Biden to temporarily suspend arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Philippe Nassif, advocacy director for the Middle East and North Africa at Amnesty International USA, said: “President Biden’s decision to freeze arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the UAE represents a welcome relief in an otherwise shameful chapter of history. Almost six years

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USA: $2.9bn drones sale to UAE should be halted

A United States Air Force MQ-9 Reaper drone in operation in Afghanistan © CENTAF News Team

Arms sales to UAE could make US responsible for further civilian deaths in Yemen and Libya Sale would be first since Trump administration weakened arms control protections Ahead of plans by the United States to sell 18 armed aerial drones worth approximately $2.9bn to the United Arab Emirates, Philippe Nassif, advocacy director for the Middle East and North Africa at Amnesty International USA, said: “These US drones could be responsible for UAE attacks that violate international humanitarian law, and kill - as well as injure - thousands of Yemeni civilians already bearing the brunt of the one

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Urgent Action outcome: Supreme court confirms verdict in an unfair trial

On 17 February 2020, the Federal Supreme Court in Abu Dhabi confirmed the verdict against five Lebanese men.

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SUPREME COURT CONFIRMS VERDICT IN AN UNFAIR TRIAL

Supreme Court confirms verdict in an unfair trial

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UAE: High Court's judgement on Princess Latifa's detention a 'step toward justice'

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum © Francois Nel/Getty Images

Family Division court issued ‘fact-finding’ judgement in favour of Princess Haya’s allegations of mistreatment by former husband Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed had insisted his conduct toward his wife and children were private matters Amnesty calls for sister Princess Shamsa’s alleged abduction in Cambridge to be fully investigated ‘State-sanctioned abduction and inhuman treatment is not a family affair’ - Lynn Maalouf Responding to yesterday’s High Court finding that Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Emir of Dubai, abducted, detained and subjected his daughter Sheikha Latifa to

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Middle East in 2019: 'year of defiance' met by shocking state violence - new report

Protesters in Baghdad's Green Zone in Iraq last October © Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP via Getty Images

‘Inspiring’ protests in Iraq, Iran, Lebanon and Egypt met by lethal force More than 500 protesters killed in Iraq, and 300-plus in Iran At least 367 human rights defenders detained, 240 in Iran alone ‘The shocking death tolls among protesters in Iraq and Iran illustrate the extreme lengths to which these governments were prepared to go’ - Philip Luther Governments across the Middle East and North Africa crushed protests with ruthless force during 2019, said Amnesty International today, as it published its annual human rights report on the region. Amnesty’s 76-page report also shows how the

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Prisoner of conscience in critical condition

Prisoner of conscience in critical condition

Ahmed Mansoor
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Human rights defender and prisoner of conscience, Ahmed Mansoor’s psychological and physical condition has deteriorated to the point that he is no longer able to walk without assistance.

On 7 September 2019, Ahmed Mansoor began a hunger strike to protest his prison conditions, after prison guards beat him. During the first week of his hunger strike, prison guards forced him to eat, but from 14 September 2019 until at least mid-January 2020, Ahmed Mansoor was on continuous hunger strike, ingesting only fluids.

Who is Ahmed Mansor?

Ahmed Mansor is a blogger, a poet and a prominent human rights defender. He was the recipient of the prestigious Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders in 2015. Ahmed is a member of the advisory committee of the NGO Human Rights Watch’s Middle East and North Africa Division, as well as of the advisory board of the organisation Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR).

Ahmed has documented the human rights situation in UAE since 2006 and has publicly spoken out in defence of human rights on his blog, social media and in interviews with international media. Ahmed is a long-standing trusted friend of Amnesty International and other human rights organisations.

Up until his arrest, he was one of the only independent voices still brave enough to speak out against human rights violations from inside the country. 

Ahmed was arrested at his home on 20 March 2017. Ahmed's trial began a year later, and on 29 May 2018, he was sentenced to ten years’ in prison and a fine of 1,000,000 Emirati Dirhams (around GBP £210,700). The court also ordered that he be placed under surveillance for three years after his release.

Bleak prison conditions

Ahmed has been held in solitary confinement since his arrest. He continues to be denied a mattress to sleep on or books to read. He is not allowed outside in the prison yard or given any other means to exercise or access fresh air and sunlight. Since the beginning of his imprisonment in March 2017, the only improvement to Ahmed’s conditions has been the addition of running water to the isolation ward, added in October 2019.

On 17 March 2019, he went on hunger strike to protest his detention conditions, as well as his unfair trial. He ended his hunger strike in mid-April after the authorities promised to address his demands. He was then allowed a few more family visits and was granted a phone call to his mother. Ahmed's physical and psychological health has deteriorated. 

Ahmed has been held in solitary confinement since the beginning of his detention on 20 March 2017. Under international law, prolonged solitary confinement – defined as a period of time lasting more than 15 days – is banned, because it is considered to amount to torture, cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment.

On 7 May 2019, seven UN experts condemned Ahmed’s prison conditions and called for him to receive medical treatment, for his detention conditions to be improved and for him to either be given a re-trial in line with international law, or to be immediately released.

Taking Action

We recommend making a PDF of the letter, or scanning a printed copy, and posting it as an image tweeted at the official’s individual Twitter accounts. 

This is a bit of an experiment, because we have major difficulty getting valid postal addresses for Arab Gulf states. Twitter offers some advantages in that we can be sure the message is transmitted, even if we can’t make the target read it, and in its public nature, which makes it possible that critical Tweets might be noticed if the target is concerned with his public image. The UAE government prioritises social media engagement for its own brand image.

Twitter: Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi
Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan
Crown Prince Court
@MohamedBinZayed

Vice-President and Prime Minister
HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin
Rashid al-Maktoum
@HHShkMohd

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