|code: 331824||Date: 2012/07/26 - 03:22||source: Agencies|
UAE arrests dozens of rights activists amid ongoing crackdown
(Ahlul Bayt News Agency) - The latest series of detentions come days after security forces arrested Tariq Ibrahim al-Qassim, the Director of Strategy and Corporate Excellence at the office of Dubai’s district attorney.
The United Arab Emirates has launched a crackdown on activists campaigning for free speech and political freedom since three months ago and more than two dozen activists have been arrested ever since.
Rights groups have slammed Abu Dhabi for the ongoing crackdown.
On July16, Abu Dhabi stripped activist Ahmed Abdul Khaleq of citizenship and deported him to Thailand over his online campaign for reform in the country.
He was deported with a Comoros Islands passport arranged by UAE authorities.
Abdul Khaleq and four others, including blogger and rights advocate Ahmed Mansour and economics professor Nasser bin Ghaith, were arrested in April 2011 for signing an online petition demanding constitutional reforms and free elections in the UAE. They were convicted of committing crimes against the state.
UAE officials have revoked the citizenship of several other activists who had called for reforms.