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UAE: Prisoners Held After Sentences Served

Expand Abu Dhabi's skyline, United Arab Emirates.  © 2016 Kamran Jebreili /AP Photo (Beirut) – UAE authorities continue to hold at least five Emirati prisoners who completed their sentences between one and three years ago, Human Rights Watch said today. Emirati activists said that the men remain behind bars for “counseling” without a clear legal basis. Three of the men were sentenced to three years in prison and two to five years on state security charges following what appear to be unfair trials in 2014 and 2016. They are Osama al-Najjar, an online activist; Khalifa al-Rabea and Othman al-Shehhi,…

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