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Recording of Amina al Alabdouli speaking about her torture in UAE prisons

Geneva, 24th May 2018

The  International  Centre for Justice  and Human Rights (ICJHR) received  a recording of Amina Ahmed Saeed al-Alabdouli from prison on Saturday 19th May 2018, where she describes her experiences of torture in Al-Wathba prison in Abu Dhabi. Amina appeals to human rights organisations to intervene in order to stop instances of torture and human rights violations that happen in the secrecy of women’s prison.

Amina says that she has faced severe torture in Al-Wathba prison and has reached out to the Ministry of the Interior, the Attorney General and the Security services to transfer her but no one has paid attention to her pleas. Hence, she appeals to human rights organisations to help her.

in a previous recording, talking about the poor prison conditions, Amina says that the prisons are overcrowded; in rooms that can accommodate only eight inmates, twenty detainees are sometimes cramped in. There is no air conditioning and the rooms have terrible ventilation.  She also recounts how the air conditioners were broken for more than six months last year, and there was severe water disruption for hours. Amina reveals that the prisoners are forced to wear prison clothes even to the court and hospital, with handcuffs on both hands and feet as if they were “war criminals”.

Amina said that she finds it very difficult to communicate with her five children, who are staying and moving around their relatives’ houses so they can find a shelter. Their father is married to another woman and lives in Abu Dhabi so in her absence their care is compromised. The children’s grandparents are old and cannot take care of them. Even when her children are allowed to visit her in prison, she can only see them through the glass.

As a recall, Amina was arrested in Al Fujairah on 19th November, 2015 by the State Security Service and tried before the Federal Supreme court on 27th June 2016. She was sentenced to 5 years in prison, fined 500,000 dirhams, based on the Federal Law No. 7 of 2014 on terrorist crimes. She was sentenced because of her tweets in tribute to her father who died in Syria.

In a previous recording, Amina told that she has been subject to various forms of torture since her arrest including being stripped off her clothes and subjected to humiliating searches by Nepalese and Moroccan women guards, being handcuffed, blind-folded and beaten in the face, the loss of sight in her left eyes due to the torture and the denial of medical treatment for this.

In light of Amina’s call for support from human rights organisations, the International Centre for Justice and Human Rights urges the intervention of the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment to call the United Arab Emirates Government to:

  1. Immediately and unconditionally release Amina al-Abdouli who is considered a prisoner of conscience

  2. Open a prompt and serious investigation by an independent body regarding Amina al-Abdouli's exposure to torture, ill-treatment and enforced disappearance for months, and hold accountable all those responsible in these violations and give her the right to reparation and rehabilitation.

  3. Allow the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture to visit the women's jail in al Wathba’s prison in order to examine the conditions of the imprisoned women and the prison’s situation and its suitability to the minimum conditions for the treatment of prisoners.

You can find Amina’s recording here: https://youtu.be/s6YAww4zauM

 

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