UAE: prisoner of conscience Said Al-Braimi still detained despite the completion of his prison term two years ago

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UAE: prisoner of conscience Said Al-Braimi still detained despite the completion of his prison term two years ago

Geneva on May 7, 2020

Two years have passed since detainee Said Al-Braimi’s has finished his sentence, he was due for release on March 26, 2018, but the UAE authorities held him in custody in Al-Razeen Prison under the pretext of counseling, claiming that he presents a “terrorist threat” and shall be kept for guidance.

In fact, the detention of the educator and former director of institutional communication at al Sharjah Transportation Said Abdullah Ismail Al-Braimi in a counseling center despite the completion of his prison term, without a given period or the right to appeal, is considered to be a form of  arbitrary detention.

Al-Braimi was arrested on March 26, 2013 and subsequently subjected to enforced disappearance in a secret detention center for nearly a year. On March 2, 2014 Judge Falah Al-Hajri, head of the State Security Chamber of the Federal Supreme Court, sentenced him to 5 years imprisonment and the verdict was final with no possible appeal. 

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.

UAE authorities have created counseling centers to place prisoners of conscience who have completed their prison terms, claiming that they present a “terrorist threat”, including 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 television denying their exposure to torture, enforced disappearance and unfair trial.

The ICJHR therefore calls upon UAE officials to immediately and unconditionally release activist Said Al-Braimi after the completion of his sentence since March 2018. 

The center also urges the authorities to stop depositing prisoners of conscience in counseling centers and to conduct a prompt 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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