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Osama al-Najjar finally released, over two years after the completion of his sentence

Prominent UAE political prisoner Osama al-Najjar has finally been released after being held for more than two years past the completion of his sentence.  

Two other detainees, Badr Al-Bahri and Othman Al-Shehi, whose initial sentences expired in April 2017 and July 2018 respectively, have also been freed.

Osama Al-Najjar was officially due for release in March 2017 after serving a three-year sentence for posting a series of Tweets critical of the authorities' human rights record. However, after the court deemed him a "threat" to national security, he was transferred instead to a so-called counseling centre within Abu Dhabi’s al-Razeen prison. Read more

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Human Rights Defender Ahmed Mansoor

Mohammed al-Roken: Activists demand release of prominent UAE prisoner of conscience 

Campaigners gathered in London yesterday to call for the release of UAE prisoner of conscience Dr Mohamed Al-Roken, as he enters the seventh year of his sentence in Abu Dhabi’s notoriously repressive Al-Razeen prison. 

An award-winning academic and former professor of constitutional law, al-Roken notably represented the group of human rights activists (“the UAE 5”), including Ahmed Mansoor, who were convicted and later amnestied for running a website criticising the UAE government. Read more

Two years after completing his sentence, Osama al-Najjar free
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