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UAE: Human rights activist arrested

Prominent human rights activist Ahmed Mansoor was arrested by security forces in Dubai on 19 March. A report in Abu Dhabi daily The National said he was being held “for allegedly inciting hatred and defaming his country online”. Mansoor’s arrest is the latest sign of the UAE authorities’ clampdown on public criticism of the government or other political dissent (GSN 1,033/1). In 2015, Mansoor won the Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders – which he couldn’t collect in person because of a travel ban. He has previously been jailed for insulting the country’s rulers (GSN 992/10).

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