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Jailed Emirati academic on hunger strike for more than a month protesting his unfair trial

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Jailed Emirati academic on hunger strike for more than a month protesting his unfair trial

Jailed human rights activist Dr Naser Bin Ghaith  has now been on hunger strike in Al-sadr  prison in Abu Dhabi  for more than a month, sparking renewed fears for his deteriorating health. 

On 17th of April, Bin Ghaith announced his strike in an open letter sent from his prison cell in Abu Dhabi to demand his unconditional release.

Despite his difficult health situation, Bin Ghaith is determined to continue his hunger strike until he is released and his family are allowed to leave the country.

According to the GC4HR, Emirati authorities were not doing enough to provide him with needed medical treatment. It took weeks before Bin Ghaith had access to a doctor to examine pain in his teeth, and the prison's authorities have not been consistent in providing him with medicine for his blood pressure. 

Dr. Bin Ghaith, an economic expert and human rights defender, was arrested by the Emirati authorities in August 2015 on account of his peaceful activities on Twitter including, his posts expressing criticism of the human rights violations of the UAE and Egyptian governments and spreading false news about the UAE rulers and policies and collaborating with opponents. 

To read Dr Bin Ghaith's open letter from Al-Sadr prison in Abu Dhabi click herehttp://icfuae.org.uk/news/nasser-bin-ghaith-declares-hunger-strike-lette...

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