United Arab Emirates detains 10 more activists over security reasons: Activists
Sun Jul 29, 2012 2:54PM
The latest arrests in the United Arab Emirates come several days after Abu Dhabi stripped activist Ahmed Abdul Khaleq of citizenship and deported him to Thailand over his online campaign for reform in the Persian Gulf littoral state.According to the London-based Emirates Center for Human Rights, the activist was deported on July 16 on 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.
A 2009 report showed that the UAE has struck a $200-million deal with the government of Comoros to provide passports for people it makes stateless.The Arab country prohibits any organized political opposition. HSN/JR