Arabi21 published leaked messages written by Emirati human rights activist Ahmed Mansour, who is detained in one of the most fortified prisons in the world.
Ahmed Mansour reveals that he has been languishing in solitary confinement since his arrest in March of 2017, under strict security supervision and under difficult prison procedures that contravene all human rights laws in the world.
In the letters, Mansour told the story of his arrest, the charges against him, and the treatment of the Emirati judiciary and the prison administration with him, in various details.
The letters, dated November 2020, paint a bleak picture of Mansour’s conditions in prison.
Mansour is serving a 10-year prison sentence on charges related to his human rights activism, including “insulting the standing of the UAE and its symbols, including its leaders” and “seeking to harm the UAE’s relationship with its neighbors through false publication.” Reports and information on social media.” According to what he was accused of
Mansour confirms that he has been living in a solitary cell since March 15, 2017, the date of his arrest, and stated in the letters that the charges against him were initially nine, six of which were kept when referred to the judiciary.
Ahmed Mansour reveals the difficult conditions of his detention
Ahmed Mansour confirmed that since he entered prison on March 21, 2017, he is being held in solitary confinement, and that the isolation was more severe in the first two and a half years, and that he could not talk to any prisoner even from a distance.
He stated that on December 14, 2017, he returned to his cell from the investigation late, and was surprised that the prison administration entered his cell and confiscated all his underwear and outerwear, leaving him only a sports shirt after cutting his long sleeves.
It also confiscated the mattress he sleeps on and all personal hygiene items such as soap, shampoo, toothpaste and deodorant.
It also confiscated all 4 towels he owned, leaving only one for him, and also confiscated papers and pens in his possession, before also cutting off hot water in the winter.
He pointed out that this situation caused him many health problems, including high blood pressure, and several severe colds.
He added: “After the verdict was issued (or more correctly pronounced) on May 29, 2018, two days a paper was hung on the gate of my cell that read: It is strictly forbidden to leave the cell except in an emergency or security orders to review the Security Information Branch.. From calling or visiting except with the approval of the director of the department or the deputy director of the department.
He confirmed that this paper remained on every cell he passed through until July 2019, noting that the decision to confiscate his personal belongings was due to his refusal to give the security services the password to his private account on Twitter.
Two hunger strikes
Ahmed Mansour entered two hunger strikes to demand better conditions – from 17 March to 10 April 2019 and from 17 September to 2 November of the same year.
Ahmed Mansour lost 8.5 kg of his original weight in the first strike, while in the second strike, he lost 11.5 kg of his normal weight.
He stressed that his demands in the two strikes are: “The right to phone calls like the rest of the inmates, giving him the right to periodic visits, the right to visit the library, allowing him to exercise and be exposed to the sun, and allowing him to watch TV in the cell, in addition to other necessities related to the mattress, cleaning tools and others.”
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He pointed out that the prison administration delayed in meeting his demands, and that he was able to achieve some of what he was asking for, but he failed to achieve most of his demands.
He said: “The summary of the issue is that my situation is almost the same as before the two hunger strikes, and I am still in solitary confinement, permanently locked on the door, and it is only opened to receive meals, fetch water, go to the clinic, receive my purchases, or go to sports, and I do not have a television or radio or Books, newspapers, nail scissors, sports shoes, a bed, a sleeping mattress, and they do not provide me with shaving tools, although I was allowed to buy a razor one year and nine months after I entered the institution and I was not allowed to bring my medical glasses that the doctor wrote to me in prison, which are for reading. “.
Ahmed Mansour spoke in the letters about the six charges that were brought against Mansour in secret trials.
Human Rights Watch report
Ahmed Mansour’s letters appear to confirm the findings of the January Human Rights Watch report.
“He sleeps on the floor, deprived of a mattress or pillow, between the four walls of a small solitary cell in a desert prison in the United Arab Emirates, a country that fervently seeks to portray itself as tolerant and respectful of rights,” the report said.
The human rights organization urged world powers, including the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany and France, to “publicly and confidentially call on the Emirati authorities to immediately and unconditionally release Ahmed Mansoor and any other person detained in the UAE for exercising basic rights.”
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