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Another Birthday Behind Bars: The UAE’s Unjust Imprisonment of Ahmed Mansoor

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Today, October 22, renowned Emirati human rights defender Ahmed Mansoor turns 50. As he has for the past two years, Ahmed will spend his birthday in an isolation cell in Abu Dhabi’s Al Sadr prison. He has no bed, no running water. Held in solitary confinement, Ahmed is not allowed to go outside to the prison yard or to the canteen or communal eating area. Last month, according to a source from the prison, Ahmed started another hunger strike (he had been on one in March) to protest his unjust conviction and terrible prison conditions, including a recent beating, that amount to extrajudicial punishment.…

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