International Centre for Justice and Human Rights
UAE: Amina and Mos’ab Alabdouli brought before the State Security Chamber of the Federal Supreme Court
after months of enforced disappearance
Geneva, on June 30, 2016
Emirati authorities have brought Amina Alabduli along with her brother Mos’ab before the state security chamber of the federal Supreme Court on Monday June 27, 2016 on charges of committing terrorist acts according to the federal law number 7 of 2014 On Combating Terrorism Offences. Their right to have fair trial guarantees was violated.
On November 2015, the state security apparatus arrested Moza, Walid, Mosaab and Amina Alabduli and took them blindfolded to an unknown detention place. The state security apparatus prevented them from their right to appoint a lawyer and to see their family, which makes them in a position of enforced disappearance and increases the risk of being subjected to torture.
Moreover, on March 14, 2016, Emirati authorities released Walid Alabduli after four months of enforced disappearance without no trial. On 30 May of the same year, Moza Alabduli was also released and acquitted of all charges including the charges of “insulting UAE leaders and political institutions and spreading false information harming the country’s reputation”.
The ICJHR has highly condemned the abuses and violations that UAE authorities have committed against Moza Alabduli and her brothers and sister, which affected their personal safety, their freedom and their physical and psychological sanctity in flagrant violation of the requirements of the Convention against Torture and other international conventions that criminalized forced disappearances and arbitrary detention.
The International Centre for Justice and Human Rights (ICJHR) has also sent complaints to the Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances about the enforced disappearance of Walid, Mosaab and Moza Alabduli and the fact that they were transferred to a secret detention place.
Therefore, the International Centre for Justice and Human Rights urges Emirati authorities, after bringing Mosaab and Amina Alabduli before the State Security Chamber of the Federal Supreme Court to:
1. Immediately and unconditionally release Mosaab and Amina Alabduli, following the release of their brother Walid Alabduli without charges or trial and the acquittal of their sister Moza Alabduli of all charges
2. Open a quick and serious investigation by an independent body about the arbitrary arrest of Amina, Walid, Mosaab and Moza Alabduli in addition to their exposure to torture and enforced disappearance and to condemn all person responsible for their sufferings and to enable all the victims of their right to reparation and rehabilitation
3. Provide all fair trial guarantees for the detainees, including the right to have a counsel, the presumption of innocence, the exclusion of confessions extracted under torture and other ill-treatment and the litigation at two degrees
4. Stop arresting people and putting them in secret detention places in addition to preventing them from communicating with their lawyers and their family in clear violation of international Human Rights Principles that guarantee liberty and security of persons
5. Allow the UN Rapporteur on Torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment and the Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances to visit detention centers in order to inspect UAE's commitment to the relevant international standards
6. Allow international human rights organizations and UN mechanisms to be present at the trial of Amina and Mosaab Alabduli
7. Ratify the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and its Optional Protocols, the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment and the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance