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International Centre for Justice and Human Rights

July 2, 2013 - July 2, 2017

Fourth anniversary of the unfair mass trial of the “UAE 94”

Geneva, on 3 July 2017

Four years have passed.....

Four years have passed since the arrest of political activists, human rights activists and bloggers involved in the so-called "UAE 94" case including academics, lawyers, human rights defenders, judges, businessmen, teachers, students, bloggers, experts, educators and officials in various positions in the country.

The State Security Apparatus started a campaign of arrests and enforced disappearances in 2012 without any warrant by taking the detainees blindfolded to secret detention centers guarded by Nepalese guards who were assigned to extract confessions by beating, electrocuting, suspending the prisoners using chains in addition to depriving them of sleep and making them sleep on the ground.

The authorities of the UAE claimed their involvement in some accusations including aiming at overthrowing the regime, threatening the security and integrity of the state and communicating with the Muslim Brotherhood, in clear violation of their right to assemble and express opinion. Though they denied many of these fabricated allegations and accusations, the prisoners were convicted in the well-known case of the "UAE 94", which leaked out of the prisons of torture, humiliation and degradation of dignity.

The state security chamber of the federal supreme court was the one who convicted and tried the defendants and denied them the guarantees of a fair trial, including contacting the lawyer in private and taking sufficient time to examine the file and to defend themselves and respond to the allegations of the Public Prosecution and its witnesses of security officers and public hearings.

The State Security chamber did not exclude the confessions obtained by torture and ill-treatment in accordance with the provisions of the Convention against Torture; instead, they refused to investigate them and to have forensic and psychological doctors to examine the victims and the effects of torture and to protect them and their families from any threat or intimidation. Indeed, the State Security chamber has issued a final judgment that cannot be challenged in any way by imprisoning the accused for long periods ranging from 7 to 15 years.

Four years have passed....

Four years have passed and detainees in Al-Rezin, Al-Wathba and Al-Sadr prisons still suffer from the violation of their rights that are guaranteed by the Federal Law No. 43 of 1992 on regulating Penal institutions, the Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners and the Body of Principles for the Protection of All Persons under Any Form of Detention or Imprisonment adopted by resolution of the General Assembly Of the United Nations No. 173/43 of 9 December 1988.

Despite the years of trials and the continuation of using the policy of systematic torture and abuse against the UAE94 group, the administration of Al-Rezin, Al-Wathba and Al-Sadr prisons are still beating the prisoners and chaining them from the legs and hands to their back and tying them to the prison yard in the afternoon under the scorching sun and turning on loudspeakers at night, which have caused the human rights activist, academic and lawyer Dr. Mohammed Al-Roken, winner of the Ludovic Trario Human Rights Award for the year 2017 in the case of panic, high blood pressure and acute ear infections.

The prisons of the United Arab Emirates are crowded with prisoners and the rooms are extremely hot and dirty where the diseases are widespread, besides, the prison authorities do not provide the necessary medical care for the prisoners or even enough water and food for them, instead, they deliberately starve them.

Moreover, the prison administration deliberately put the prisoners of conscience in solitary cells, some of which are similar to the coffins because of their extreme narrowness and heat, for the most trivial reasons in order to abuse them in addition to the fact that they also forbid them from having any visits and deprive them of having the Koran, any newspapers, papers or even pens. In fact ,this happened recently on May 25, 2017 with political and human rights activists Abdul Aziz Hareb Muhairi, Khaled Fadl Ahmed Saqr, Amran Radwan and Fuad Al-Hammadi, which caused them insomnia and mental disorders.

The last violation that affected the political prisoners and human rights activists was their exposure to a humiliating searching on 25 May 2017 inside Al-Rezin prison by Nepalese guards who deliberately stripped them out of their clothes except for a towel that covered their intimate body parts and started to touch them from all of their body parts, thus depriving them of their dignity and privacy  which pushed the activist Amran al-Radwan to go into a hunger strike in protest against this humiliating search.

Four years have passed....

Four years have passed and the families of the detainees in the case of the “UAE 94" are still suffering from the collective punishment by the authorities in violation of their right to travel and their right to work after freezing their bank accounts and preventing them from renewing their identity and from pursuing their studies or travelling for treatment and revoking their citizenship.

Families of political prisoners and human rights activists also reported that prison officials in the desert area in the emirate of Abu Dhabi prevented them from visiting their sons on many occasions after crossing long distances in the extreme heat.

The Families were also barred from visiting their sons on the first day of Eid al-Fitr in 2016; they were forced to travel to Al-Rezin Prison coming from remote places and waited, as usual, for a long time in front of the prison gate to be later searched in an extremely degrading way.

Four years have passed....

Four years have passed since the authorities of the United Arab Emirates have stripped a number of detainees in the case of the “UAE 94" arbitrarily of their UAE nationality and revoked their citizenship including: Dr. Ali Hussein Al-Hammadi, Dr. Shaheen Abdullah Al-Hosani, Mr. Hussein Munif Al-Jabri, Professor Hassan Munif Jabri, Professor Ibrahim Hassan Al-Marzouqi, Professor Ahmed Ghaith Al-Suwaidi and Professor Mohammed Abdul Razzaq Al-Siddiq.

The UAE authorities have also violated the relevant international standards provided in the UN Secretary-General's report on human rights and arbitrary deprivation of nationality on 19 December 2013 under A / HRC / 25/28.

The arbitrary deprivation of nationality also included the children and wives, such as the case of the children of Mr. Mohammed Abdul Razzaq Mohammed Al Siddiq, who are Asma, Omar and Du'aa, aged between 23, 25 and 29 years. The UAE authorities withdrew all of their official documents in March 2016 including their passports, identity card, driving license and health card and denied them access to the decree allowing doing so and their right to appeal administratively and judicially against the arbitrary deprivation of nationality.

Four years passed.....

Four years passed and the children of the detainees are still suffering from the violation of their rights. Indeed, the State Security apparatus in the United Arab Emirates arrested on March 17, 2014 blogger Osama Al-Najjar, for a Twitter post defending his father Hussein Al-Najjar, who is detained among the case of "UAE 94" and being tortured, ill-treated and unfairly prosecuted.

On November 25, 2014, the State Security Department issued a final verdict against Osama al-Najjar imprisoning him to three years and fining him a 500,000 dirhams in addition to confiscating all of his electronic devices and closing all of his social media accounts.

In fact, the UAE authorities refused to release him even after the end of his sentence in March 2017 and considered him to be a "terrorist threat" placing him in a counseling center in Al Rezin prison for six months in accordance with the Federal Law No. 7 of 2014 on combating terrorist crimes.

Four years have passed....

Four years have gone and the human rights statements, international communications and international reports did not help in releasing the detainees despite having monitoring the violations of their rights and the prevention of their personal safety and  physical and moral sanctity as well as their right to a fair trial, remedy and redress.

The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention has already stated that the detention of sixty-one accused in the case known as "the UAE 94" is deemed to be an arbitrary detention and the UN Panel requested the UAE government to immediately release them and to provide them with the appropriate compensation.

The European Parliament also intervened on 26 October 2012 and expressed its concern about the deterioration of the human rights situation in the United Arab Emirates after it was confirmed that there were arbitrary arrests, lack of fair trial guarantees, harassment and threats to the lawyers of the detainees and justification of the violations.

The International Centre for Justice and Human Rights therefore calls on human rights figures and bodies, international organizations and special rapporteurs to pay attention to the harassment and reprisals of the group of the UAE94 and their families and to condemn the violations committed against them by the UAE government and to urge Emirati officials to:

1. Immediately and unconditionally release all the detainees convicted among the UAE94 case and all other detainees in the UAE including politicians, human rights defenders and bloggers and desist from violating their rights to freedom of opinion, expression, organization and fair trial.

2. Promptly investigate into the allegations of torture and other ill-treatment in an independent and impartial way and enable all the victims of their right to reparation and rehabilitation and hold accountable all the persons responsible in these violations.

3. Stop the policy of the collective punishment against the families of the prisoners and their children and respect their right to travel, work and study and to have their own money and property.

4. Allow human rights organizations, international UN rapporteurs and the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention to visit the UAE in order to meet the prisoners, human rights activists, politicians and bloggers and to monitor the human rights situation in the UAE and document the violations.


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