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July 20, 2012

Sad news and urgent call for support

 

 

 

 

Bridging the Gulf Foundation for Human security in the Gulf region ( BTG) has received the sad news of the arrest of our founding and board member, advocate and renown human rights defender Dr Mohammed Al Roken. The arrest of Dr Mohammed Al Roken took place in the frame of a major crackdown against human rights activists taking place in United Arab Emirates (UAE). Their arrests are reportedly linked to allegations that they are part of foreign organisations that poses a threat to national security.

 

It is reported that those arrested are currently in preventive detention. Dr Al Roken was reported being moved to Abu Dhabi and probably being investigated. The charges he may face include "opposing the constitution and the basic principles of the UAE ruling system", having links and affiliations to foreign organisations with foreign agendas as made clear by the government statement published last Sunday previous to the wave of arrests.

 

Dr Al Roken is renown worldwide for his human rights work, he is:

 

  • Founding member and board member of Bridging the Gulf foundation for Human security in the Gulf region ( BTG)
  • Chairman of the UAE Jurists Association (1998-2004, 2010-2013) an apex body of the legal profession in UAE.
  • National Vice President of International Association of Lawyer ("UIA"), France (2002-2008).
  • Member of the International Association of Constitutional Law (IACL).
  • Member of American Society of International Law (ASIL).
  • Member of International Bar Association (IBA).
  • List of DIAC Arbitration.

 

Bridging the Gulf foundation for Human security in the Gulf region believes that the allegations made against Dr Al Roken are being used as a tool to silence him and to impede his legitimate, peaceful human rights and advocacy work. Bridging the Gulf foundation for Human security in the Gulf region ( BTG) urges the authorities in UAE to:

 

1. Disclose the whereabouts of Dr. Mohamed Al-Roken, giving him access to his lawyers, to immediately and unconditionally release him; and to disclose the reason for his arrest and his current legal status;

 

2. Ensure that no more human rights defenders are deprived of their liberty as a result of their human rights work;

 

3. Urging them to protect Dr. Mohamed Al-Roken from any torture and ill-treatment, to take all necessary measures to guarantee the physical and psychological integrity and security of Dr. Mohamed Al-Roken and all other individuals arrested recently;

 

4. Guarantee in all circumstances that all human rights defenders in UAE are able to carry out their legitimate human rights activities without fear of reprisals and free of all restrictions including judicial harassment.

 

Please support our call and send appeals now TO:

 

Vice-President and Prime Minister

H.H. Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al-Maktoum

Office of the Prime Minister

POB 2838 Dubai, UAE

Fax: +971 4 3531974

E-mail: info@primeministre.ae

Website: http://www.uaepm.ae/en/communicate/index.html

Salutation: Your Excellency

 

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior

H.H. Sheikh Saif Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan

POB 398 Abu Dhabi, UAE

Fax: +971 2 4414938

Salutation: Your Excellency

 

Minister of Foreign Affairs H.H.

Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahya

POB 1 Abu Dhabi, UAE

Fax: +971 2 4447766

Salutation: Your Excellency

 

Minister of Justice

His Excellency Dr. Hadef Jawa'an Al Dhaheri

Minister of Justice

POB 753 Abu Dhabi, UAE

Email: moj@uae.gov.ae

Fax: +971 2 681 5155

Salutation: Your Excellency

 

Also send copies to diplomatic representatives accredited to your country.

 

 

Thank you for your kind support and dedication.

Bridging the Gulf Foundation for Human security in the Gulf region

 

The Hague, 17 July 2012

 

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