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what do you think about the UPR recommendations to the United Arab Emirates?

2 July 2013 – 2 July 2018
Five years since the mass trial of UAE94 group
Call for their release

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Geneva, 2 July 2018

The UAE authorities are still refusing to release the 61 detainees of the "UAE 94" group for peacefully exercising their right to freedom of expression and association. The group includes academics, lawyers, human rights defenders, judges, businessmen, teachers, students, bloggers, experts, educators and employees.

They were arrested by the state security apparatus in July 2012 without any warrant and taken to secret detention centers. Some of them were subjected to different means of torture in order to extract confessions from them including, beating, using electric shocks, suspension, chains, sleep deprivation and obliging them to sleep on the floor claiming their involvement in overthrowing the regime and threatening the State’s safety and security.

The 94 defendants were charged with false and fabricated charges of “founding, organizing and administering an organisation aimed at overthrowing the government”, contrary to article 180 of the penal code.

On July 2, 2013, 69 of 94 detainees were convicted and 25 acquitted (8 of them were sentenced in absentia). They were unfairly sentenced to prison terms ranging from 7 to 15 years. The State Security Service of the Federal Supreme Court tried the members of this group with no fair trial guarantees and denied them the right to contact a lawyer and the right to presumption of innocence. Besides, the Court did not exclude the confessions that were obtained by torture and ill-treatment in accordance with the provisions of the Convention against Torture, and considered it as sufficient evidence to convict the accused.

Furthermore, the "UAE 94" group was subjected to numerous violations which made the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention declare that the detention of 69 accused in the case known as "UAE94" is arbitrary, in addition to the fact that the UN team asked the UAE government to immediately release the prisoners and provide them with appropriate remedies.

To date, the authorities of the UAE are still persecuting and torturing the UAE 94 group after keeping them in Al-Razeen prison and other Emirati prisons. They are regularly subject to a series of persecutions: systematic searches without any respect for prisoners’ decency and dignity, solitary confinement in inhumane conditions without beds or blankets for days, banning of visits, confiscation of clothes or belongings, officials refusing to meet with prisoners or to hear their complaints, giving them little food and forbidding them to buy from the canteen, prohibition of access to newspapers and information, and continuous insults and humiliation.

Families of the UAE 94 group were also subjected to violations. Al Razeen’s prison authorities have arbitrarily and unjustly prevented them from visiting their detained relatives on many occasions, even after travelled long distances in the scorching heat to visit their detained family members. They have also been subjected to humiliating searches Besides, the UAE authorities have violated the right of the UAE94 families to travel and work in addition to freezing their bank accounts and preventing them from renewing their identity papers and completing their studies or travel for treatment.

The Committee on the Rights of the Child expressed deep concern in its report dated October 30, 2015, over the rights of the children of human rights activists detained in the UAE94 group, especially after they were subjected to violations of their right to education, identity documents, visit their imprisoned parents and the right to freedom of movement. Indeed, the Committee also reminded the UAE of its duty to protect children against all forms of discrimination and persecution because of their views or their parents’ opinions.

The International Centre for Justice and Human Rights (ICJHR) calls upon human rights personnalities and international organisations to express unconditional solidarity with detainees of the UAE94 group and to launch an action or a call in order to make the UAE authorities immediately and unconditionally release all the prisoners of conscience in the UAE prisons and desist from violating their rights to freedom of expression, association and movement.
The International Centre for Justice and Human Rights also urges you to ask Emirati government to conduct a prompt and independent investigation into the allegations of torture and ill-treatment, and hold accountable all those responsible for these violations and enable the victims of their right to redress, rehabilitation and effective remedies.

The ICJHR would like to inform you that it is launching a campaign starting today on 2 July 2018 in solidarity with the Emirates Group 94 and demanding their release. A special page, proposals for solidarity and action and hashtag dedicated to expressing solidarity with the UAE94 Group and calling for their release will be provided on our official website: www.ic4jhr.org as well as on our Twitter page on July 2, 2018.

http://ic4jhr.org/en/activites/campaign/934-be-the-voice-of-the-voiceless.html

List of detainees

Convicted in the case of 94 Emirati group, dated July 2, 2013:
1.    Abdul Rahim Al-Zaroon, detained on July 24, 2012, 10, 10 years in prison.
2.    Abdul Rahman Al-Hadidi, detained on July 16, 2012, 10 years in prison.
3.    Abdulaziz Hareb, detained on August 27, 2012, 10 years in prison.
4.    Abdulla Al-Jabri, detained on August 28, 2012, 10 year prison.
5.    Abdullah Al-Hajiri, detained on July 17, 2012, 7 years in prison.
6.    Abdulraheem Naqi, detained on October 12, 2012, 10 years prison.
7.    Abdulsalam Darwish, detained on July 24, 2012, 10 years in prison.
8.    Ahmed Al Zaabi, detained on March 26, 2012, 10 years in prison.
9.    Ahmed Al-Tabour Al-Nuaimi, detained on May 18, 2012, 10 years in prison.
10.    Ahmed Ghaith Al-Suwaidi, detained on March 26, 2012, 10 years in prison, in addition to the withdrawal of nationality.
11.    Ahmed Hajji al-Qobaisi, detained on March 2, 2013, 10 years in prison.
12.    Ahmed Hassan al-Rostomani, detained on March 2, 2013, 10 years in prison.
13.    Ahmed Kayed al-Muhairi, detained on March 2, 2013, 10 years in prison.
14.    Ahmed Saqer Al-Suweidi, detained on July 30, 2012, 10 years in prison.
15.    Ahmed Seif al-Matri, detained on July 31, 2012, 10 years in prison.
16.    Ali Abdulla Al-Khaja, detained on August 28, 2012, 10 years in prison.
17.    Ali Abdullah Mahdi al-Manie, detained on July 25, 2012, 10 years in prison.
18.    Ali Al-Hammadi, detained on April 9, 2012, 10 years in prison, in addition to the withdrawal of nationality.
19.    Ali Mohammed bin Hajar Al-Shehhi, detained on March2, 2013, 10 years in prison.
20.    Ali Saeed Al-kindi, detained on September 9, 2012, 10 years in prison.
21.    Ali Salim al-Gawws Al-Zaabi, detained on August 31, 2012, 10 years in prison.
22.    Essa Al-Serri, detained on July 17, 2012, 10 years in prison.
23.    Fahad Abdulqader Al-Hajiri, detained on March 2, 2013, 7 years in prison.
24.    Fuad Mohammed Al-Hammadi, detained on July 31, 2012, 10 years in prison.
25.    Hadif Al-Owais, detained on September 11, 2012, 10 years in prison.
26.    Hamad Roqait, detained on July 24, 2012, 10 years in prison.
27.    Hassan al-Jabiri, detained on April 9, 2012, 10 years in prison, in addition to the withdrawal of nationality.
28.    Hassan Mohammed Al-Hammadi, detained on July 30, 2012. 10 years in prison.
29.    Hussain al-Jabiri, detained on April 9, 2012, 10 years in prison, in addition to the withdrawal of nationality.
30.    Hussain al-Najjar, detained on July 16, 2012, 10 years in prison.
31.    Ibrahim Al-Marzooqi, detained on April 9, 2012, 10 years in prison, in addition to the withdrawal of nationality.
32.    Ibrahim Al-Yassi, detained on July 16, 2012, 10 years in prison.
33.    Ismael Abdullah al-Hosani, detained on March 2, 2013, 10 years in prison.
34.    Issa Khalifa Al-Suwaidi, detained on July 19, 2012, 10 years in prison.
35.    Juma Darwish Al-Felasi, detained on July 19, 2012, 10 years in prison.
36.    Khaled Fadel Ahmed, detained on March 2, 2013, 10 years prison.
37.    Khalid Al- Shaiba Al-Nuaimi, detained on July 16, 2012, 10 years in prison.
38.    Khalid Mohammed Alyammahi, detained on July 30, 2012, 10 years in prison.
39.    Khalifa al-Nuaimi, detained on July 16, 2012 10 years in prison.
40.    Mahmoud Al-Hosani, detained on July 16, 2012, 7 years in prison.
41.    Mansoor Al-Ahmadi, detained on October 12, 2012, 7 years prison.
42.    Mohamed Abdulla Al-Roken, detained on July 17, 2012, 10 years in prison.
43.    Mohamed Abdulrazzaq Alsidiq, detained on April 9, 2012, 10 years in prison, in addition to the withdrawal of nationality.
44.    Mohamed Al-Mansoori, detained on July 16, 2012, 10 years in prison.
45.    Mohammed al-Abdouli, detained on October 11, 2012, 10 years prison.
46.    Musabeh al-Rumaithi, detained on July 24, 2012, 10 years in prison.
47.    Najeeb Amiri, detained on July 31, 2012, 10 years in prison.
48.    Omran Al-Radhwan, detained on July 16, 2012, 7 years in prison.
49.    Rashid Khalfan bin Sabt, detained on August 28, 2012, 10 years prison.
50.    Rashid Omran Al-Shamsi, detained on July 16, 2012 10 years in prison.
51.    Saeed Nasser Al-Wahidi, detained on July 25, 2012, 10 years in prison.
52.    Saif al-Egleh, detained on July 24, 2012, 10 years in prison.
53.    Saif Aletr, detained on July 30, 2012, 10 years in prison.
54.    Salah Al Dhufairi, detained on April 29, 2012, sentenced to 10 years in prison
55.    Salem Mousa Al-Halyan al-Tuniji, detained on March 2, 2013, 10 years prison.
56.    Salim Hamadoon al-Shehhi, detained on July 18, 2012, 10 years in prison.
57.    Salim Sahooh, was detained on April 30, 2012, 10 years in prison.
58.    Shaheen Al Hosani, detained on April 9, 2012, 10 years in prison, in addition to the withdrawal of nationality.
59.    Sultan bin Kayed Al-Qasimi, detained on April 20, 2012, 10 years in prison.
60.    Tariq al-Qasim, detained on July 19, 2012, 10 years in prison.
61.    Tariq Hassan Al-Qattan, detained on July 24, 2012, 10 years in prison.

 And later

Abdulrahman Bin Sobeih, detained on Octobore 20, 2015, 10 years in prison.