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Geneva, April 20, 2015

One year has passed since the arrest of Badr Al Bahri and Abdullah Al Halou at Qusais police station on April 22, without any motives. Both are still detained without a trial, which is an arbitrary and oppressive detention according to the International Centre for Justice and Human Rights.

Al Bahri and Al Helou were arrested and afterwards escorted to their homes by State security agents who searched their places in front of their families and terrorized kids. Despite not finding anything, the security agents confiscated their passports. They also informed the families that the State security apparatus has ordered the arrest; however, they didn’t give any further explanation.

Early in the morning of April 23, Al Bahri and Al Helou were transferred to Abu Dhabi and detained in a secret place. It’s also known that during this phase, State security apparatus usually make use of torture as well as terror in order to force the detainees to confess before transferring them to state prisons.

In fact, transferring Al Bahri and Al Halou from Dubai to Abu Dhabi is considered as a violation of the article 105 of the Emirati Constitution as the transfer took place without appearing before the prosecutor. In addition, according to the article 105, if the accused person was arrested outside the division of the court in charge of the investigation, he must immediately be sent to the public prosecutor of the area where the arrest took place. The first prosecutor should scrutinize all the information related to the accused, and then transfer him to the relevant prosecutor of the Emirates where the investigation is supposed to be held.

It has been a year since the two arrests took place, yet the Emirati authorities haven’t communicated any information about the fate of Al Bahri and Al Halou nor the reasons behind their detention, amid great concern of their families. The two detentions are only a part of series of offensives launched by the State against several Emiratis reformers, activists, lawyers and politicians since four years.

The International Centre for Justice and Human Rights condemns this mounting trade of arbitrary detention in the UAE and calls upon the Emirati authorities to:

  • Immediately release both Badr Al Bahri and Abdullah Al Halou as well as all political prisoners and prisoners of conscience.
  • Stop the arrest and detention without any charges and in secret places where detainees can be victims of torture and abuse.
  • Respect all international obligations especially those ratified during the 2013 sessions of Human Rights Council.
  • Guarantee the right of families to information relating to places of detention and the detainees’ health situation.
  • Guarantee the impartiality of the judicial system and its independence from the State Security apparatus.

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