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Thursday, 4 October 2018 - Strasbourg Revised edition

The UAE, notably the situation of human rights defender Ahmed Mansoor

  Amjad Bashir, author. – Mr President, the United Arab Emirates is a key ally of the European Union in the Arabian Gulf, but we ought to remind ourselves that, when the UAE cut ties with Qatar last year, the Emirati Attorney General warned that citizens expressing sympathy for Qatar could face heavy fines and prison sentences of up to 15 years. In this respect, this House must be crystal clear that freedom of expression and the respect of freedoms for individuals is not just a mere human rights issue. It is profoundly about lasting peace and prosperity in the region. Rule of law is essentially about protecting the citizen from the unjust acts of the government and the state, not the other way round. I can only, therefore, hope that, if the UAE complies with the United Nations Declaration on human rights defenders, we may then have a chance of seeing brotherly nations united again in promoting peace, security and prosperity in the Middle East.

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