Human rights sources revealed that human rights activist Ahmad Mansoor was severely beaten inside the prison by UAE security agents.
The Emirates Center for Human Rights condemned Mansour’s gross violation of his physical sanctity inside Al-Sadr Prison in the UAE by severely beating him, leaving bruises on his face, which is a clear and deliberate torture.
Mansour decided to go on a new hunger strike to reject these barbaric practices amounting to torture. He entered the strike at the beginning of September 2019, but there is no information on whether he ended his strike or is continuing.
This serious attack on the activist Mansour, who is still in solitary confinement in Sadr prison in Abu Dhabi, in a small cell with no bed or water and is not allowed to leave at all.
The Center stressed that such practices threaten the values of human rights as they constitute an attack on what was approved by international conventions and conventions and the UAE is called upon to abide by them and respect them.
PCHR reiterated its call on the UAE authorities to immediately cease reprisals against the activist Ahmed Mansour and to endanger his life by torture, medical negligence and ill-treatment, and to open an investigation into the attacks he was subjected to and led to a hunger strike, to identify those responsible and to ensure that there is no impunity.
The organization also demanded the immediate and unconditional release of the prisoner of conscience, Ahmed Mansoor, as his conviction and sentence resulted from exercising his right to freedom of expression.
Mansoor was arrested on March 20, 2017, on charges of using social media to spread “false information and false news in order to damage the reputation of the state”. On May 29, 2018, he was sentenced to 10 years in prison.
Beginning on March 17, 2019, Mansoor went on a hunger strike that lasted more than five weeks to protest against his poor detention conditions and unfair trial.
On 7 May 2019, the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture and six UN human rights experts condemned Mansour’s detention conditions, and noted that the poor conditions of his detention, including prolonged solitary confinement, could amount to torture.