Rights group launches int. campaign to free Mohammed al-Roken
The International Association of lawyers (UIA) launched an international campaign calling for the immediate and unconditional release of the Emirati lawyer Mohammed al-Roken.
Mohammed al-Roken, who was the recipient of the 2017 Ludovic Trarieux International Human Rights Prize, is currently held in UAE jail for his human rights advocacy.
Mohammed al-Roken is a lawyer who is deeply committed to the cause of human rights and the rule of law in the United Arab Emirates. He was a prominent member of the UIA, where, as Vice President of the UAE National Committee, he drew attention to the obstacles facing the rule of law and the difficulties encountered by his fellow lawyers in the UAE. He also held positions at Amnesty International for more than twenty years, the rights group said.
UIA emphasised that no human rights advocate should be detained or imprisoned due to the peaceful exercise of his or her rights to freedom of expression and freedom of association.
It called on the international legal community to condemn the injustice of Mohammed al-Roken’s incarceration.
Mohammed al-Roken was arrested on July 17, 2012 during a series of mass arrests of human rights activists, judges, intellectuals and student community leaders. These arrests followed a petition that called for reforms to bring greater democratisation to the UAE.
On July 2, 2013, he was sentenced to 10 years in prison, including a 3-year probation period, because he created an organisation allegedly designed to overthrow the government. He also is prohibited from practising law.
Mohammed al-Roken was tortured and deprived of the right to an effective defence. Independent observers were not able to be present at his hearings. He has always denied the charges made against him.
To know more about Mohamed al-Roken’s case: http://www.uianet.org/en/content/join-campaign-obtain-immediate-and-unconditional-r
To join the campaign: http://www.uianet.org/en/content/call-release-dr-mohammed-al-roken-emirati-lawyer-a