End Torture of Prisoner of Conscience

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Target: His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid al-Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates

Goal: Stop alleged torture of a prisoner of conscience with blasts of noise that are making him ill.

An imprisoned human rights lawyer has allegedly been subjected to recent bouts of loud noise being blasted into his prison cell, which could amount to torture. The noise has both caused and exacerbated medical issues for Dr. Mohammed al-Roken, who is currently serving a 10-year prison sentence and neither he nor any other prisoner should be subjected to it any longer. Sign the petition and demand that prisoners in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) be guaranteed safety from torture and ill-treatment.

Al-Roken was tried along with 93 other advocates for reform in a grossly unfair trial that became known as the UAE 94. Many of the defendants made allegations of torture and ill-treatment, but there has still not been an adequate investigation into these accusations.

After the first bout of loud noise, al-Roken was reportedly found unconscious in his cell and taken to the prison clinic, where his blood pressure was observed to be very high. A second bout of the loud noise, played the next morning after al-Roken had been returned to his cell, resulted in ear pain. When al-Roken was brought back to the clinic, he was diagnosed with an ear infection, which had been worsened by the noise.

Amnesty International maintains that this treatment constitutes torture and must be stopped immediately. Sign the petition and demand an end to the ill-treatment of Mohammed al-Roken and his fellow prisoners.

PETITION LETTER:

Your Majesty,

I am writing to demand an end to the torture inflicted upon Dr. Mohammed al-Roken and his fellow prisoners at al-Razeen Prison. The prisoners have been subjected to multiple instances of being bombarded with loud sounds, and al-Roken has suffered immediate and adverse health effects. Do what’s right and end the torture.

After the first bout of loud noise, al-Roken was reportedly found unconscious in his cell and was transported by wheelchair to the prison clinic, where his blood pressure was discovered to be very high. He was returned to his cell only to be subjected to the same loud noises again the next morning. This time he complained of ear pain, and another visit to the clinic revealed that he was suffering from an ear infection that had been exacerbated by the noise.

This treatment amounts to torture and must be stopped immediately. I demand that prisoners at al-Razeen Prison no longer be intentionally subjected to loud noises, and I urge you to make full investigations into any and all allegations of torture.

Sincerely,

[Your  Name Here]

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