Sultan al-Khalaifi, who is a Qatari blogger and the founder of a human rights organization, was arrested on 2 March and is being detained incommunicado. He is at risk of torture or other ill-treatment. The reasons for his detention are unknown.
PLEASE WRITE IMMEDIATELY in Arabic, English or your own language:
- Urging the authorities to ensure that Sultan al-Khalaifi is protected from torture and other ill-treatment, and is allowed prompt and regular access to a lawyer of his choosing, his family and any medical treatment he may require;
- Asking for details of any charges he faces to be made public and calling on the authorities to ensure that any legal proceedings against him conform to international fair trial standards.The minister of interior is allowed to detain anyone, anywhere, for six months, extendable for another six months, without a trial, without any lawyer, it's up to him." The Qatari government could not be contacted for comment.
PLEASE SEND APPEALS BEFORE 14 APRIL 2011 TO:Minister of the Interior
His Excellency Sheikh Abdullah bin Khalid Al Thani
Ministry of the Interior
PO Box 920DohaState of Qatar
- Attorney General
Dr Ali bin Fetais Al MarriPO Box 705Doha
State of QatarFax: +974 4484 3211