The prisoner of conscience Ali Al-Hammadi between the suffering of imprisonment and the deprivation of nationality

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Geneva, 14 July 2020 

The UAE94 detainees are still suffering multiple violations inside Emirati prisons seven years after their unfair trial.  Dr. Ali Al Hammadi is one of the sufferers; he is a PhD holder in Administrative Development and Business Administration from the University of Wales, UK, founder and president of the Center for Creative Thinking in Dubai and the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Hayatuna Satellite Channel and the Center for Training and Leadership Consulting. 

His sufferings started immediately after he delivered a speech celebrating the Egyptian Revolution, after which he was arrested by the State Security Agency and released on February 17, 2011. The State Security Agency re-arrested him after signing the 2011 reform petition calling for political reform, to be later released and arbitrarily stripped out from his nationality on November 21, 2011.

He was stripped out from all official documents, including his identity card, driver license, passport and health care insurance and denied the right to have judicial appeal and prevented from seeing the decree revoking his nationality.

On April 9, 2012, Dr al-Hammadi was once again arrested and transferred to a secret detention center, where he was tortured and subjected to enforced disappearance in addition to being denied contact with his family and lawyer, as documented by a letter that was leaked from outside the prison and written by a group of UAE94 detainees.  

The State Security Chamber of the Federal Supreme Court, headed by Judge Falah Al-Hajri, issued a final verdict on July 2, 2013 in the UAE94 trial, sentencing Dr. Ali al-Hammadi to 10 years imprisonment without excluding the confessions obtained by torture.

Dr. Ali Al-Hammadi was abused inside the Al-Razeen prison and exposed to humiliating treatment and solitary confinement for insignificant reasons. He was also prevented from communicating with his family without due reason and neglected adequate health care. 

In view of the above, the ICJHR urges the UAE government to:

  • Immediately release Dr. Ali al-Hammadi and other prisoners of conscience and review the decision of withdrawing their nationality.
  • Grant him the right to remedy, redress and rehabilitation.
  • Refrain from unlawfully stripping Emirati activists of their nationality without providing legal guarantees for them, including the right to judicial review of the decrees on nationality withdrawal. 

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