Do Not Accept Forced “Confession”


Target: Dr. Hassan Lahdan Saqr Al-Mohannadi, Minister of Justice

Goal: Do not convict man accused of espionage based on “evidence” acquired through torture.

Ronaldo Lopez Ulep is currently appealing a conviction for espionage–based on a false confession obtained through brutal torture and trickery–for which he has received a life sentence. His trial has been marked by numerous inconsistencies and human rights violations, including several instances of torture. Sign the petition and demand that he not be imprisoned based on evidence obtained through unethical and illegal means.

Ulep, a former civilian employee of the Qatari air force, was arrested and accused of “selling information about his employer,” Amnesty International reports. However, his “confession” only came after he was reportedly burned with cigarettes, beaten, and “stripped naked and forced to crawl around on the floor until his knees bled.” He was forced to sign a document written in Arabic despite the fact that he cannot read it, and the document was then presented in court as a signed confession. He was also told repeatedly that his family was dead, and he spent four years in solitary confinement.

Such treatment is unacceptable, and it renders any confession Ulep may have made inadmissible in a court of law. Ulep has appealed his sentence on these grounds, but his appeals have not been much better than his initial trial. Some of the hearings have been as short as fifteen minutes, and no translation services have been provided to him.

The justice system is only effective when it correctly identifies lawbreakers and holds them responsible. Arbitrarily forcing confessions from detainees is a perversion of justice and a violation of human rights. Sign the petition and demand that Ronaldo Lopez Ulep is treated in accordance with international human rights standards and that his sentence does not depend on any evidence gathered under torture.


Dear Minister Al-Mohannadi,

I am writing to demand justice for Ronaldo Lopez Ulep, a Filipino national and former employee of the Qatari Air Force recently convicted of espionage and sentenced to life in prison. A number of key pieces of evidence against Ulep were obtained through torture and should therefore be inadmissible in court. I urge you to ensure that his appeals process is held to a higher standard of justice than his initial trial was, and I demand a full and impartial investigation into his allegations of torture.

After his arrest, Ulep was subjected to numerous instances of both physical and psychological torture. He was beaten, burned by cigarettes, and forced to crawl naked across the floor until his knees bled. After this, he was presented with a document written in Arabic and forced to sign it despite the fact that he cannot read Arabic. The document was used in court as a signed confession.

While he remained in custody, Ulep was repeatedly told that his family was dead. He was also held in solitary confinement for four years.

While Ulep is appealing his life sentence, his appeals process has not been much better than his initial trial. Some of the proceedings have lasted as little as fifteen minutes and no translation services have been provided for him.

I urge you to ensure that justice is done. Please provide Ronaldo Lopez Ulep with the services he requires for a fair hearing during his appeals process and investigate his allegations of torture and ill-treatment. I demand that those responsible be brought to justice.


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Photo credit: Bob Jagendorf via Wikimedia Commons

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