Drop Charges Brought Against Teen for Twitter Posts

Spencer E Holtaway

Target: Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid al-Maktoum, Vice President of the United Arab Emirates

Goal: Drop charges against a teenager for exercising her freedom of speech, and release her siblings who are being held incommunicado.

Eighteen-year-old Moza al-Abdouli will soon be sentenced for tweets, which were said to be insulting to the country and legislators of the United Arab Emirates, that she wrote at age 15 while mourning the death of her father. Since her arrest, three of her siblings have been also held in an unknown location. Sign the petition and demand that the charges against Moza al-Abdouli be dropped and that her siblings be freed immediately.

The teen’s father was the leader of a banned political party in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). When he died, al-Abdouli took to Twitter to express her grief in tweets that she claims were not intended to have any kind of political agenda. However, her and her siblings were arrested. She was tried as an adult, despite having been a minor at the time of her arrest.

The numerous human rights violations in this case, particularly the lack of respect for free speech, the incommunicado detention, and the irregularities in the trial itself, all provide ample reason why the case should be dismissed, the charges dropped, and all the siblings freed. Sign the petition and demand that justice is served for Moza al-Abdouli and her family.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid al-Maktoum,

I am writing to urge you to drop all the charges against Moza al-Abdouli, who is about to be sentenced in connection with tweets she wrote at age 15. Her siblings have been held in an undisclosed location ever since she was arrested, and they should be released immediately as well.

The teen’s father was Mohammed Ahmed al-Abdouli, leader of the banned Emirati Umma Party. When he passed away, she expressed her grief in a series of tweets, none of which, she claims, were intended to have any political dimension. Even so, she was arrested, as were her siblings. While al-Abdouli has been standing trial, her siblings have been held in an unknown location and allowed extremely limited contact with family members and the outside world.

In addition to all the human rights violations already evident in the case, such as incommunicado detention and lack of free speech, Moza al-Abdouli’s trial has not been carried out correctly; she was charged as an adult despite having been a minor at the time of her arrest.

I urge you to ensure that justice is done. Drop the charges against Moza al-Abdouli and release her siblings immediately.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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