UAE authorities refuse to release Abdul Wahid al-Badi two years after the end of his sentence and arbitrarily detain him in Al-Razeen prison

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Geneva on April 29, 2020

Abdul Wahid Hassan al-Badi was arrested and kidnapped by the UAE State Security Service from his workplace in the Ministry of Public Works on March 26, 2013 and put in a secret detention center for nearly a year. 

He was prevented from having family visits or contacting a lawyer and subjected to deliberate abuse and torture. The officials humiliated him in order to extract confessions and made him sign unknown documents.

He was charged with funding Al Islah association, an Emirati reform association, and helping its members who were arrested in a massive crackdown for signing a reform petition on March 3, 2011, calling for a fully elected parliament and a move toward constitutional amendment.

On March 2, 2014, Al-Badi was sentenced by Judge Falah Al-Hajri, head of the State Security Chamber of the Federal Supreme Court, to 5 years imprisonment for joining and financing a secret organization. The trial was grossly unfair with no fair trial guarantees and the verdict was final with no possible appeal.

The UAE authorities refused to release him despite the end of his sentence on March 26, 2018 and have arbitrarily detained him in Al-Razeen Prison for “counseling”. In fact, Emirati government created counseling centers to place prisoners of conscience who have completed their prison terms, claiming that they present a “terrorist threat” pursuant to the Federal Law No. 7 of 2014 on Combating Terrorist Crimes.

Among the detainees who were held in the counseling center we mention: Osama Al-Najjar, Abdullah Al-Helou, Faisal al-Shehhi, Badr Al-Bahri, Ahmed Al-Mulla, Saeed Al-Buraimi, Amran Al-Radwan, Mahmoud Al-Hoosani, Mansour Al-Ahmadi, Abdullah Al-Hajri, Fahd Al-Hajri and Khalifa Rabiaa. Few of them were released after forcing them to make self-incriminating confessions on public media denying their exposure to torture, enforced disappearance and unfair trial.

In light of the above, the ICJHR calls upon UAE officials to immediately and unconditionally release Abdul Wahid al-Badi, and refrain from depositing prisoners of conscience in counseling centers. The center also urges the authorities to conduct an immediate and impartial investigation into the rights’ violations of the prisoners, give them the right to remedy, reparation and rehabilitation and hold accountable the responsible. 

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