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Geneva, on October 15, 2019

On October 13, prisoner of conscience Mansoor Al-Ahmadi completed his 7-year prison sentence at Al-Razeen prison. Arrested in October 2012, Al-Ahmadi was sentenced to 7 years imprisonment by the State Security Chamber of the Federal Supreme Court, within the mass unfair trial of the UAE 94.

In its opinion issued in November 2013, the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention had stated that the deprivation of liberty of the Mansoor Al-Ahmadi and 60 other defendants is a form of arbitrary detention. Despite this opinion and the call of the civil society to release them, none of the detainees was released.

Mansoor Al-Ahmadi should have been set free yesterday. However, no information has been issued so far on his release. The International Centre for Justice and Human Rights (ICJHR) is concerned that the UAE refused to liberate him despite the end of his term, like this was done before with other prisoners.

In the past years, the UAE authorities have extensively used administrative detention against prisoners of conscience after the completion of their sentence. Administrative detention in counselling centres was allowed by the Federal Law No. 7 of 2014 on Combating Terrorism Offences. It allows the authorities to extend the detention of inmates deemed to “pose a terrorist threat” in order to “reform, rehabilitate and guide” them, without providing a limit of duration of this measure.

The absence of strict limitation to the administrative detention has led to the continuous imprisonment of detainees beyond their jail terms without legal remedy. While eight detainees had been detained beyond their prison terms – Osama Al-Najjar, Abdullah Al-Helou, Badr Al-Bahri, Ahmed Al-Mulla, Saeed Al-Burimi, Abdul Wahed Al-Badi, Othman Al-Shehhi and Khalifa Rabiaa –, Abdullah Al-Hajri, Imran Al-Radwan Al-Harthy and Mahmoud Al-Hosani added to the list in July 2019 after they completed their sentence. All three men have been kept in custody at Al-Razeen without legal procedure.

On August 8, Osama Al-Najjar, Badr Al-Bahri and Othman Al-Shehhi were finally released after years of arbitrary detention. The ICJHR was however extremely concerned about the conditions of their release. The day of their release, the authorities released a video of the three men making self-incriminating statements and expressing regrets about their involvement with the “terrorist organisation”, in reference to Al-Islah group and the Muslim Brotherhood movement.

This pattern of forced public confessions started with the release of Abdul-Rahman Bin Sobeih, who was released in May 2019 after several TV interview in which he denied having been subjected to torture and other abuses, and confessed to have been involved in supporting terrorist organisations through his humanitarian activities and political action.

The United Arab Emirates will host the World Tolerance Summit in Dubai on November 13 and 14, 2019 with the participation of governments and international public figures and organisations despite its concerning human rights record and the systematic repression of human rights activists.

The ICJHR urges the UAE to release unconditionally Mansoor Al-Ahmadi and all other detainees held in counselling centres. In view of the above, the ICJHR calls upon the Emirati government to immediately and unconditionally Mansoor Al-Ahmadi and all other detainees held in counselling centres. The ICJHR further urges to immediately put an end to this practice and protect prisoners from such abuses.