UAE Frees Activist After 5 years in Detention For Tweeting Against Torture

Posted on August 9, 2019 3:41 pm

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By Afef Abrougui

Authorities in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have freed activist and political prisoner Osama al-Najjar after detaining him for more than five years.

Al-Najjar, who was arrested in March 2014, served a three-year jail sentence for posting tweets denouncing torture in UAE prisons. Despite completing his sentence, he remained in arbitrary detention for more than two years, before he was released on August 8, rights groups said.

Thrilled to learn of the release of 3 prisoners of conscience earlier today: #OsamaAlNajjar, Badr Al-Bahri and Othman Al-Shehi.
We hope that #UAE authorities will release other prisoners of concience still