Letter calls on UAE to release Ahmed Mansoor

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A coalition of major political and human rights groups and advocates on Tuesday released a joint letter calling for the immediate and unconditional release of the prominent Emirati human rights activist, Ahmed Mansoor. The initiative marks 100 days of Mansoor's detention by authorities in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Mansoor is being held in solitary confinement without access to a lawyer or calls to his family, according to the letter demanding his release. He was arrested in March on charges of spreading sectarianism and hatred on social media, according to WAM, the UAE's state news agency.

"These charges relate solely to his peaceful exercise of his right to freedom of expression and therefore we consider him a prisoner of conscience," read the letter. "The continuing detention of such a high-profile and internationally respected human rights campaigner is extremely damaging to the UAE government’s reputation abroad," it added.

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