Council criticised for failing to put pressure on UAE to improve human rights record

A group of Manchester residents has launched a campaign to name a new street after a jailed Emirati human rights activist in a bid to highlight human rights abuses by the United Arab Emirates, which has invested billions of pounds in the city and its title-winning football club.

Ahmed Mansoor was arrested after a dozen Emirati security officers stormed his home in Ajman in the early hours of 20 March 2017. The UAE’s official news agency, WAM, claimed Mansoor had been detained for using social media to “publish false and misleading information” that would harm national unity and the country’s reputation.

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