Jordanian journalist held behind UAE bars without charge
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) continued to arrest the Jordanian journalist Tayseer al-Najjar for more than a year without charge.
The UAE has also continued to disregard all the Jordanian official and international appeals for al-Najjar’s release.
Al-Najjar was arrested on December 13, 2015, after trying to leave Abu Dhabi international airport.
Al-Najjar’s family has sent more than once letters and appeals to the UAE embassy in Jordan calling for his immediate and unconditional release.
Al-Najjar is a prominent writer on cultural affairs. The reason for his detention remains unclear and his location remains unknown.
Tayssir al-Najjar is being kept and tortured in a secret prison and forced to sign papers while being blindfolded.
The UAE has been widely criticised by rights groups for passing laws hindering the right to free speech, and arresting activists for criticism on social media.