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UAE: Trial observer finds flagrant flaws in 'UAE 5' case

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UAE: Trial observer finds flagrant flaws in 'UAE 5' case

The Federal Supreme Court trial of five Emirati activists accused of "publicly insulting" top United Arab Emirates officials in an internet forum has been grossly unfair, and the case against them has no basis in international law as it violates their freedom of expression, a trial observer appointed by a coalition of international human rights organisations said today.

The coalition, composed of Alkarama (Dignity), Amnesty International, the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information, Front Line Defenders, the Gulf Centre for Human Rights, Human Rights Watch, and Index on Censorship, said that the interim assessment of civil liberties lawyer Jennie Pasquarella raised disturbing questions about the politicisation of the case against the men and called for all five to be released immediately and unconditionally and the charges dropped.

* Published on 3 November 2011 by Amnesty International

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https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2011/11/uae-trial-observer-finds-flagrant-flaws-uae-case/

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