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29 oct 2018 eng2


Geneva, on October 29, 2018

On September 25, 2018, the International Centre for Justice and Human Rights (ICJHR) sent an open letter to the President of the United Arab Emirates, the ministers and members of the Federal National Council, drawing their attention to the testimonies received by the ICJHR in May 2018 regarding the case of Amina Al Abdouli, Maryam Sulaiman Al Balushi and Alia Abdulnour. They were arrested during night raids, held in secret detention and subjected to torture and ill-treatment.

The three victims reported having suffered serious beatings, sleep deprivation and being forced to stand for hours. According to the testimonies, they were threatened, intimidated and have suffered inhuman and degrading treatment. Confessions extracted under torture were used against them in court. After trials marred with irregularities and serious breaches to their procedural guarantees, all three women were sentenced to jail terms.

The ICJHR urged the UAE authorities to intervene quickly in the case of Alia Abdulnour and ensure she is provided with the appropriate medical care. In fact, Alia is suffering from a generalised cancer that has spread to all her body and was denied the right to be transferred to a health institution specialised in cancer treatment. The ICJHR also called upon the UAE authorities to allow the medical release of Alia Abdulnour in accordance with articles 32 and 33 of the UAE Federal Law No. 43 of 1992 on Regulating Penal institutions, which authorises the public prosecutor to release any detainee suffering from a life-threatening illness.

The open letter also referred to the principles and values of the Emirati society, which refuse the violation of the physical integrity and dignity of women.

Furthermore, the ICJHR called on the UAE to ratify a number of international instruments, including the Optional Protocol of the Convention against Torture (CAT-OP) and the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW-OP). It also invoked the UAE Constitution which enshrines the fundamental rights and freedoms as well as the Federal Law No. 43 of 1992 on Regulating Penal institutions.

The International Centre for Justice and Human Rights lastly called upon the UAE authorities to immediately release the three women and to open an impartial investigation into the allegations of torture and all alleged human rights violations.


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