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Geneva, on March 12, 2019

 

The International Centre for Justice and Human Rights (ICJHR) was concerned to learn that detainees at Al-Razeen prison are still being deprived of family visits arbitrarily and denied all forms of contact with the outside world. The authorities of the United Arab Emirates are holding to this practice without giving any explanations to the detainees or their families, who travel a long distance to reach the prison without being informed beforehand of these measures.

 

The Centre learned lately that Al-Razeen authorities have prevented 68-year-old prisoner of conscience Khaled Al-Shaiba – convicted within the well-known case of the "UAE 94" – of family visits for four months without providing any justification.

 

His case is not an exception but instead is an example of widespread practice. In fact, prisoners of conscience are systematically subjected to such arbitrary measures and are denied contact with their families, lawyer and doctors for weeks and months.

 

This practice is a violation to the provisions of Federal Law No. 43 of 1992 on Regulating Penal Institutions and to the United Nations Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners.

 

In light of the above, the ICJHR urges the UAE authorities to put an end to all forms of reprisals against prisoners of conscience and alloy them to have family visits in compliance with national and international standards for the treatment of prisoners.

 

The ICJHR also asks the UAE government to allow the UN Special Procedures and international organisations to visit Emirati prisons and monitor their compliance with international standards.

 

Finally, the ICJHR calls upon the UAE government to fulfilling the pledges made during the Universal Periodic Review before the Human Rights Council, and promptly set an independent national body that operates in accordance with the Paris principles and competent to conduct unannounced prison visits.

 

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