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JCMach1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 02:12 PM
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Crown Prince of UAE to Meet With Obama Tuesday- President Needs to Ask About the Detained Dissidents
Edited on Mon Apr-25-11 02:12 PM by JCMach1
We seriously need to contact the White House about this one: President Obama will meet with the Crown Prince of the UAE this Tuesday. Call, or email the WH that the President needs to directly ask about the innocent dissidents currently being detained in the United Arab Emirates. Their only crime is daring to petition their government to consider an elected, parliamentary democracy. I wrote about this in my latest article for blogcritics / .

Here is some more background:

Authorities in the United Arab Emirates have arrested a prominent human rights activist and four others on accusations that include opposing the government, the state-run WAM news agency reported Monday.

The five were "held in preventative custody" on accusations that they committed crimes that include undermining the public order, opposing the government system and insulting the president, vice president and crown prince of Abu Dhabi, the news agency said.

It identified one of the five as Ahmed Mansour Ali Abdullah Al Abd Al Shehi, more commonly known as Ahmed Mansour. He is a "leading human rights activist who had publicly called for political freedoms and an elected parliament," Human Rights Watch said. Mansour also is a member of Human Rights Watch's Middle East advisory committee...

If anyone has any direct contacts, please call this to the Administration's attention. In the meantime, you can contact the WH through
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