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五人评论国家遭牢狱之灾 阿联酋言论自由形势低迷

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小编摘要:阿拉伯联合酋长国最高法院判处五名政治家入狱,其罪名是公开污蔑这个国家的领导人。

五人评论国家遭牢狱之灾 阿联酋言论自由形势低迷


The Supreme Court in the United Arab Emirates has sentenced five political activists to prison for publicly criticizing the country's leaders.
The defendants were arrested in April for making various comments, and they appeared in court several times, mostly behind closed doors.

Prominent blogger Ahmed Mansour received the longest sentence - three years. He faced additional charges of inciting others to break the law, advocating an election boycott and promoting demonstrations. The other men received two-year jail terms.

Rights groups described the trial as unfair, saying the defendants were forbidden to review the evidence and charges against them.

The five have been reported on a hunger strike and did not attend their sentencing.

Samer Muscati from Human Rights Watch described the outcome as disappointing. "It's really unfortunate what happened today and I think it really brings into disrepute the criminal justice system in the UAE," Muscati stated.

Noemie Crottaz from the Geneva-based human rights group Alkarama also was in Abu Dhabi for the sentencing. "It's a shame for the country that things are going this way," Crottaz said. "And I think we'll be seeing that the situation for freedom of expression may be getting worse as a reaction to the Arab Spring."

The UAE has largely avoided anti-government protests seen in other parts of the Middle East, and many analysts believe the court's decision on Sunday was meant to signal that the government will not tolerate any type of political dissent.

Dozens of government supporters, including 29-year-old Thabet Al-Qaissieh, were rallying outside the courtroom when the verdict was announced. "Two frequent comments I heard today were: 'justice has been served' and 'we expect the president to pardon them very soon,'" he said.

Earlier this year, the UAE sent troops to neighboring Bahrain to help quell pro-democracy demonstrations that brought the island kingdom to a standstill.

阿拉伯联合酋长国最高法院判处五名政治家入狱,其罪名是公开污蔑这个国家的领导人。
由于制造各种不同的言论,这些被告们于4月份被逮捕。他们出现在法庭上几次,大多时间处于封闭的门后。
杰出的博客主艾哈迈德•曼苏尔被判刑最长——三年。他面临着包括煽动他人违法,倡导抵制选举,促进示威游行等其他额外指控。另外3名男性则面临为期两年的牢狱之灾。
人权组织认为该审判是不公平的,当中包括被告无权审查证据及他们的罪名。
五人已经被报道进行绝食抗议而且拒绝参加他们的审判。
人权观察组织的塞默•姆查迪对审判结果失望的评价道:“这是今天发生的非常不幸的事情,我想它真的使阿联酋刑事司法制度名誉扫地。”
日内瓦人权组织阿尔卡马的诺梅•克塔兹也在阿布扎比对审判做了评价:“这样的方式让人感到羞耻。”克塔兹说道。“我想我们将会看到对阿拉伯春天来说,言论自由的形势可能会越来越不济。”
阿联酋已在很大程度上避免反政府抗议出现在中东及其他地区,许多分析家认为,法院的决定意味一种政府不会容忍任何类型政治异议的标志。
许多政府支持者都聚集在法庭外面等候裁决宣布,其中也包括29岁的塔伯特•阿奎塞:“我今天听到两个频繁的评论:一是正义终于得到伸张,二是我们期望总统宽恕他们。”他说道。
今年早些时候,阿联酋曾派军队到邻国巴林来帮助镇压民主运动为这一岛国带来的瘫痪。

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2011-11-28 18:05 编辑:pliny
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