The celebration of the Emirati academic, Dr. Abdul-Khaleq Abdullah, with the UAE’s announcement of the establishment of the National Human Rights Commission, sparked widespread ridicule on social media platforms.
The Emirates News Agency, WAM, reported that the President of the UAE, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, issued a federal law according to which the “National Commission for Human Rights” will be established, and the commission aims, according to the official agency, to promote and protect human rights and freedoms in the country.
Emirates academic Abdul Khaliq Abdullah boasted of this announcement, commenting on “Twitter”, according to what was monitored by “Watan”, (the UAE announces the establishment of the National Human Rights Authority, among its goals, to spread a culture of human rights).
The UAE announces the establishment of the National Human Rights Commission, among its objectives is to spread a culture of human rights #Emirates_Human_Rights_Commission
– Abdulkhaleq Abdulla (@Abdulkhaleq_UAE) August 30, 2021
Abdul Khaleq Abdullah is proud of the establishment of the National Human Rights Commission
Abdul Khaliq Abdullah’s tweet sparked widespread ridicule of the alleged freedoms of the rulers of the Emirates, especially the violation of human rights and the prosecution of activists and human rights defenders in the Emirates.
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A Yemeni account called “Al-Ateeq al-Yemeni” responded to Abdul Khaliq Abdullah, saying to him: “What you are doing in Yemen from an economic blockade, you control the port of Balhaf, they can export gas worth $5 billion annually from it. In 100 Saudi riyals and citizens without salaries or enough jobs, injustice to the peoples, God is the avenger.”
And what you are doing in Yemen in terms of economic blockade, you control the port of Balhaf, they can export gas worth 5 billion dollars annually from it, and you insist on starving the Yemenis. Where is the humanity that you seek except in your heart?
— 🇾🇪 Yemeni Agate 🇾🇪 (@8dUhJ7XWd4nm5D7) August 30, 2021
While Nasser replied, saying, “Unless the detainees are released from prisons, prisoners of opinion and politics, and they are compensated and the citizenship returned to those from whom it was withdrawn, then I will consider the authority as the Ministry of Happiness and Bringing the Beloved.”
Unless the detainees and female detainees are released from prisons, prisoners of opinion and politics, and they are compensated and the nationality returned to those from whom it was withdrawn, then I will consider the commission as the Ministry of Happiness and Beloved.
— Nasser (@Nasser22820844) August 30, 2021
While Muhammad mocked the Emirati academic, saying: “Human rights, when you know that there is such a thing as human rights, you do not know human rights or animal rights. You are the last country to talk about human rights.”
Human rights When did you know that there is such a thing as human rights, you do not know neither human rights nor animal rights
You are the last country to talk about human rights…
— Muhammed Blaawns. (@bllawnsM) August 30, 2021
Haha, human rights and the UAE do not meet…
— hussein (@hussein04638814) August 30, 2021
What is the National Human Rights Commission?
According to what was stated in the official agency announcement, among the powers entrusted to the authority is to participate with the authorities and the competent authorities in developing a national action plan for the promotion and protection of human rights, to work to spread a culture of human rights and to educate members of society about it, and to provide advice to the authorities in everything that would protect And the promotion of human rights, in addition to submitting proposals to the authorities on the compatibility of legislation and laws with international charters, covenants and agreements on human rights.
Also, the commission is concerned with monitoring any violations or violations of human rights, verifying their validity and reporting them to the competent authorities.
According to the law issued by the President of the State, the Commission is composed of at least 11 members, and takes into account the appropriate representation of women, and is based in Abu Dhabi.
The agency pointed out that the establishment of this mechanism by the UAE comes within the framework of its keenness to strengthen and develop its institutional structure concerned with human rights, in a way that contributes to strengthening the status of the state and highlighting its roles in the field of human rights at the international level.
The former Brazilian prisoner in the UAE prisons, Calio Castro, revealed the full story of his obtaining letters written by the Emirati detainee and human rights activist Ahmed Mansour from inside his prison, in which Mansour described the harsh conditions of his detention.
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Castro, who appeared in audio and video in an interview with Arabi21, recounted the details of the night of Ahmed Mansour’s arrest, and the nature of the arbitrary treatment he has been subjected to in his solitary confinement since his arrest in the spring of 2015.
Ahmed Mansour is living in a shocking and sad situation
Castro said that he met Ahmed Mansour in the Abu Dhabi Central Prison, where he “is living in a shocking, sad and painful situation, and because of that, he is old and looks years older than his age,” he said.
Castro added: “They put me in cell number 4 and Ahmed Mansour was in cell number one, and the second and third cells were empty. We were screaming from the ceiling to talk to each other, and communication between us was very difficult.. I was hitting the door because I wanted to do my phone calls and I wanted to call my family.” They did not allow me to do so.. That was when the first contact was with Ahmed Mansour.”
After a while, Castro moved to the cell next to Ahmed Mansour, and was next to him for several months. During this period, the Emirati rights activist was able to carry him a message that revealed to the world the reasons for his arrest and the harsh conditions of his life in Emirati prisons.
On the nature of Ahmed Mansour’s life in prison, Castro said that he only walks in his very small cell, and he is not allowed to read, and the books he requests do not reach him in prison, and his medical glasses were confiscated, and he did not provide a suitable mattress, forcing him to sleep on the floor.
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