8 years of violations against the prisoner of conscience Muhammad Abdul Razzaq Al-Siddiq and his family

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icial complaint against the violation of the right to nationality, in breach of the principle of the prohibition of arbitrary deprivation of nationality and the provisions of Article 8 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, which stipulates that states shall pledge to respect the right of the child to preserve his identity Including his nationality.

Consequently, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Promotion and Protection of the Right to Freedom of Opinion and Expression and the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders addressed a letter to the UAE on April 20, 2016 regarding the arbitrary withdrawal of Emirati nationality to the children of Mr. Muhammad Abdul Razzaq Al-Siddiq Asma, Duaa and Omar.

The UAE authorities however claimed that Muhammad Abdul-Razzaq Al-Siddiq acquired Emirati citizenship by naturalization while he was actually born in Sharjah and has acquired citizenship by the force of law. His ten children were also born in the UAE and are Emirati citizens; the government only revoked the nationality of three siblings, among ten others, known for their background of online activism, which further demonstrates the practice of repression. 

The International Centre for Justice and Human Rights in Geneva therefore calls upon the authorities of the United Arab Emirates to:

  • Immediately release Muhammad Abdul Razzaq Al-Siddiq and other prisoners of conscience.
  • Review the decision of the revocation of Mr. Mohammed Abdul Razzaq Siddiq and his three children’s citizenship and provide them with a right to redress and repair, as well as work on their rehabilitation.
  • Refrain from stripping Emiratis citizens of their nationality without providing legal guarantees, including the right to judicial appeal by an independent and impartial judiciary.
  • Join the initiative launched by the UNHCR that aims to put an end by 2024 to the statelessness issue, also known as “Al Bidoon”.

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