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Geneva, on April 8, 2019

 

The International Centre for Justice and Human Rights is concerned to know that the UAE authorities are still refusing to release prisoners of conscience despite the expiry of their prison term.

 

Among the detainees held in the counselling centres are Said Al-Buraimi and Abdul Wahid Al-Badi, who are still imprisoned despite the completion of their prison sentence on March 5, 2018. Besides, Osama Al-Najjar, Abdullah Al-Helu, Faisal Al-Shehhi, Badr Al-Bahri and Ahmed Al-Mulla also remain indefinitely behind bars despite the expiry of their prison terms, whereas Osama Al-Najjar was supposed to be released in March 17, 2017, the others have completed their prison terms since April 2017.

 

This practice clearly constitutes an arbitrary detention and a violation of the requirements of Article 9 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and of relevant international standards which affirms that "No one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest, detention or exile."

 

The victims were illegally detained and put in secret detention centres, where they were exposed to torture and ill-treatment in order to extract confessions from them. They were tried in grossly unfair trials, in violation of all procedural guarantees, and sentenced by the State Security Service of the Federal Supreme Court under vague and inaccurate laws such as the Federal Law on Terrorist Crimes and the Federal Law on Cyber-Crimes. They were humiliated and abused in Al-Razeen, Al-Wathba and Al-Sadr prisons.

 

The UAE authorities argued that they still posed a “terrorist threat” according to Federal Law No. 7 of 2014 on Terrorist Crimes and shall be held in counselling centres, at Al-Razeen prison.

 

Furthermore, the Federal Law on Terrorist Crimes No. 7 of 2014 does not guarantee, for those placed in counselling centres, the right to a judicial and administrative appeal and to have access to a legal counsel. The law does not either indicate the maximum period of detention in these counselling centres, but rather left it unprecise which widely opens the door to abuses.

 

In view of the above, the International Centre for Justice and Human Rights calls upon the authorities of the United Arab Emirates to:

 

  • Immediately and unconditionally release all prisoners of conscience, who completed their sentences and stop extending their detention in counselling centres.

 

  • Promptly amend the Federal Law No. 7 of 2014 and bring it into line with international standards.

 

  • Regulate and monitor counselling centres by placing them under the supervision of a fair and independent judiciary to provide proper judicial remedies.

 

  • Allow the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention and all UN mechanisms and international organisations to visit the country and its counselling centres in order to assess their compliance with international standards.

 

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