Geneva, January 15, 2019
The International Centre for Justice and Human Rights (ICJHR) is following with great concern the declining health condition of academic, activist and economic expert Dr Nasser Bin Ghaith. In fact, his health has considerably worsened since he went on hunger strike in October 2018, in protest against his arbitrary detention and the serious violations he had suffered in detention centres and at Al-Razeen prison, especially the torture, ill-treatment and the absence of medical care.
Dr Bin Ghaith is now refusing to interrupt his hunger strike until he is released and his fundamental rights are fully granted. In fact, the activist was tried in a grossly unfair trial and sentenced to ten years imprisonment on March 29, 2017 by the Federal Court of Appeal. He was convicted by an Egyptian judge for posting tweets, on his Twitter account @bin_ghaith, criticising the human rights violations committed by the Egyptian authorities.
The ongoing hunger strike of Dr Bin Ghaith for more than three months has affected his health condition in many ways. He is currently very exhausted, can barely walk or stand by himself, suffers from respiratory problems and has lost a lot of weight. He is also suffering from other health problems, such as hypertension, which has worsened his situation.
Despite the state of health of Dr Bin Ghaith, the authorities of Al-Razeen prison are refusing to provide him with adequate medical care, to force him abandon his hunger strike.
In view of the above, the International Centre for Justice and Human Rights calls upon the authorities of the UAE to:
Immediately and unconditionally release Dr Nasser Bin Ghaith and other detained activists;
Take full responsibility of his health decline as a result of his hunger strike inside Al-Razeen prison, pursuant to the principles of the Declaration of Malta on Hunger Strikes issued by the World Medical Assembly in 1991;
Open a prompt and impartial investigation by an independent body into the allegations of torture and ill-treatment affecting his physical and psychological integrity and prevent their recurrence;
Hold accountable those responsible for these violations, put an end to impunity, and grant Dr Bin Ghaith effective remedy and reparation.
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