Nasser Bin Ghaith
(AP) DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Nasser bin Gaith wouldn’t seem to fit the image of an angry Arab Spring activist.
The 42-year-old Emirati, a decorated former air force pilot who holds degrees in law and international trade, comes from a prominent Dubai family with a long history of serving its rulers. He’s lectured at one of the country’s showcase institutions, the Abu Dhabi branch of Paris’ Sorbonne university, and worked as a legal adviser for the Emirates’ armed forces.
Yet the United Arab Emirates now considers him a potential enemy of the state.
The case of Bin Gaith and four others returned to court Sunday in Abu Dhabi, where they face accusations of threatening the UAE’s stability by joining Internet campaigns calling for a greater public voice in the country’s affairs.
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Attempts to assault Ahmed Mansour in Al-Wathba prison and depriving him from health care
Cairo – First Published on August 1st 2011
ANHRI said today that Emirati authorities have to stop abusing the Emirati prisoner of conscience, blogger and activist Ahmed Mansour. He has been ill treated to the extent that he was not provided health care. Although he is still under pending trial confinement, he was held with sentenced criminal convicts after being released from solitary confinement; which had been an unjustified and arbitrary punishment in itself.
It has come to ANHRI’s knowledge that Ahmed Mansour is not only facing terrible conditions imposed by the prison administration, but is also facing incitement by a number of prisoners to assault him inside his cell. It was intended to look like a fight inside the prison, but all these attempts failed due to Mansour’s maturity and calmness, which deprived Al-Wathba prison administration in Abu Dhabi city from abusing him even more.
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Egyptian Human Rights Organizations Demand That UAE Authorities Release Ahmed Mansour , Fahd alShehhi , Nasser Bin Gheith and Abdullah Al Shehhi
Cairo: First Published on April 19th , 2011
The Egyptian human rights organizations signatories to this statement today, strongly denounced the crackdown launched by the UAE authorities in the past few days against Internet activists, especially those who signed a national petition issued in March 2011 demanding political reforms. On Aprill 15th ,security services arrested the human rights activist and one of the signatories of the petition Abdullah alShehhi . A week earlier on April 8, the human rights activist and prominent blogger Ahmed Mansour was arrested from his home as well as the activist Internet Fahd Salem Al-Shehhi who was arrested on April 9 evening. On April 10 , security arrested the internet activist and financial and economic analyst Nasser Bin Gheith without giving any reasons or pressing charges against any of them.
Activist and blogger Ahmad Mansour has been subjected to severe harassment by UAE authorities after he signed the petition demanding political reforms and a real role for the parliament as he declared on a TV show. Firsr Mansour received death threats and at the same time a decision was taken by Thuraya Satellite Telecommunications, in which Etisalat is a major shareholder , to move him to the company’s branch in Pakistan.
(Beirut) – United Arab Emirates authorities should immediately disclose the whereabouts of leading rights activist Ahmed Mansoor, the reason for his detention, and any charges against him, Human Rights Watch said. Human Rights Watch is concerned that the detention on April 8, 2011, of Mansoor, a prominent blogger and vocal human rights advocate who recently called for political freedoms and an elected parliament in the UAE, is politically motivated.
Mansoor is a member of Human Rights Watch Middle East advisory committee. He was arrested arbitrarily by the UAE police on April 08 and are holding him at Al Wathba prison in Abu Dhabi. Many other activists were taken to undisclosed locations by UAE state security forces. Mansoor has been a vocal proponent of a petition submitted in March to UAE authorities demanding democratic reform. His blog was called “Oppressed Emirati Citizen” in which he has criticised situations in the UAE and documented a number of human rights violations