For the release of Ms. Amina Al-Abdouli upon the end of her sentence, on November 19, 2020

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Geneva, November 12, 2020

 Mrs. Amina Al-Abdouli is due for release on November 19, 2020, which marks the end of her sentence. She is set to leave Al-Wathba prison and be reunited with her children and family. 

Amina al-Abdouli was arrested on 19 November 2015 for mourning her father on Twitter, who was killed in Syria. On June 27, 2016, the Federal Supreme Court sentenced her to 5 years imprisonment and a fine, pursuant to the Federal Law No. 7 of 2014 on terrorism crimes.

The ICJHR received leaked recordings from Al-Wathba prison on Saturday 19 May 2018, documenting the numerous violations perpetrated against Amina Al-Abdouli, Maryam Al-Balushi and other detainees.

 Amina al-Abdouli was subjected to arbitrary arrest, enforced disappearance, detention in a narrow windowless room, beatings, standing for long hours, sleep deprivation, strip search and confessions extracted under intimidation and threats.

Besides, The Public Prosecution refused to investigate her complaints, and the Federal Supreme Court refused to investigate the allegations of torture and deprived her of fair trial guarantees.

Al wathba prison authorities put Al Abdouli in a crowded room full of female prisoners and dirt, in miserable conditions without medical care, which forced her to go on hunger strike to protest the ill-treatment, which caused her health deterioration. She was also deliberately deprived from having family visits several times and prevented her from communicating or talking with them on the phone.

The ICJHR fears that Amina al-Abdouli will not be released on November 19, 2020, and will be consequently put in a counseling center under the pretext of “terrorist danger”, without a specific time limit or the right to administratively appeal against the decision, which happened with many Activists, who have finished their prison sentences, yet, they were detained in Al Razeen counseling center, such as the case of Saeed Al-Buraimi, Abdul Wahid Al-Badi, Abdullah Al-Helou, Khalifa Rabeeh, Abdullah Al-Hajri, Fahd Al-Hajri, Amran Al-Radwan, Mahmoud Al Hosani, Mansour Al-Ahmadi, Faisal Al-Shehhi and Ahmed Al-Mulla.

The ICJHR also remains concerned that Ms. Amina Al-Abdouli will be forced to appear in the media, and deny her exposure to any human rights violations including torture and enforced disappearance, and ask for forgiveness in exchange for her release, which happened with Osama Al-Najjar, Abdel-Rahman bin Subeih, Badr Al-Bahri and Othman Ibrahimouh.

In light of the above, the International Center for Justice and Human Rights calls upon the UAE authorities to:

 1. Immediately release Amina Al-Abdouli upon the completion of her sentence on November 19, 2020, and refrain from blackmailing or putting her n a counseling center.

 2. Conduct a  prompt and serious investigation by an independent authority regarding her exposure to human rightsviolations, and hold accountable all those responsiblefor her sufferings and give her the right to remedy, reparation and redress.

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