Saturday, December 22, 2018

UAE: Human Rights Defender Health Deteriorating - URGENT ACTION

Amnesty International, USA, December 21, 2018.

Human rights defender Dr Nasser bin Ghaith detained in the high security al-Razeen Prison, has been on hunger strikes for various lengths of time since 7 October 2018. For over 70 days he has only eaten a small amount of food a handful of times and his health has severely deteriorated. He is protesting against the prison authorities’ ill-treatment of detainees, including denial of access to medical care and inconsistency of family visits. According to reliable information, he has now lost much of his sight and is too weak to stand up and walk unaided as a result of his hunger strike. Dr Nasser bin Ghaith is also demanding his own release following the presidential pardon granted to British academic Matthew Hedges on 26 November 2018, a week after he was sentenced to life in prison on spying charges.