Category Archive: Press Release

Emirati arrested for Twitter comments tortured at secret state security prison in the UAE

An Emirati in jail for using Twitter to criticise the ruler of Sharjah says he has been tortured by state security officers at a secret prison in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Osama Hussain Al-Najjar, a 25-year-old engineer from Ajman, was arrested on March 17th and held at a secret prison for four days by …

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STOP UAE DEPORTING DISABLED BRITISH RESIDENT CHILD IBRAHIM HASSAN TO SOMALIA

1 April 2014   Ibrahim Hassan is a severely disabled teenager. He was born in the Netherlands and is a Dutch citizen. He has been lawfully residing in Birmingham for 12 years since he arrived in the UK with his family at the age of five and attended Harborne Hill school and Holte school. Ibrahim …

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United Nations calls on UAE authorities to release political prisoners

The United Nations (UN) Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (WGAD) has condemned the imprisonment of political dissidents in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and called for their immediate release.   Following submissions by the Geneva-based Alkarama Foundation the WGAD concluded that defendants in the “UAE 94” trial were arrested as a result of exercising their right …

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Emirati arrested by UAE security services for Twitter comments

An Emirati man has been arrested and is being detained at an unknown location by state security services, after making comments on social media in support of political prisoners in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).   Osama al-Najjar is a 25-year-old architectural engineer from Ajman and has used Twitter to demonstrate support for his father, …

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Emirati victim of enforced disappearance seen in state security prison

An Emirati victim of enforced disappearance has been seen for the first time since his arrest nearly a year ago, raising fears that he has been tortured.   Jamal al-Hammadi is a 47-year-old teacher of Islamic education from Khor Fakkan in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and has not been heard from since his arrest …

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Emiratis jailed for “insulting” state security on Twitter

Two Emirati men have been convicted of criticising state security investigations on Twitter, sentenced to serve 5 years in prison and given a 500,000 AED (£81,875) fine in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).   Khalifa Rabeiah, a 35-year-old businessman from Fujairah, and Othman al-Shehhi, a 40-year-old Etisalat engineer from Ras al-Khaimah, were convicted on Monday …

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Emiratis denounce arrests of activists and renew calls for democracy

A group of Emirati intellectuals have issued a statement denouncing the detention and torture of political activists, while calling for democratic reforms to allow citizens the right to political participation.   The statement has been issued to commemorate the third anniversary of a petition that was sent to the country’s rulers in March 2011, which …

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Qatari Doctor jailed in the UAE after unfair trial and torture

A well-known Qatari doctor has been jailed for 7 years in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), after being convicted of providing financial support to the families of Emirati political prisoners.   Dr. Mahmoud al-Jaidah, father of 8 and senior medical practitioner at Qatar Petroleum, was found guilty of supporting a now-banned peaceful UAE Islamist group, …

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Top UK lawyers call for release of UAE political prisoners

A group of top lawyers in the United Kingdom (UK) have called for the “unconditional release” of jailed lawyers in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), in an open letter published by the Law Society Gazette.   The 41 signatories, who include the President of the Law Society, 7 prominent QCs and Sir Geoffrey Bindman, described …

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British victim of domestic abuse found guilty of kidnapping her child in Dubai

A British woman has been found guilty of abducting her child and given a one month suspended sentence after an unfair trial in a case brought by her alleged abuser in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).   Afsana Lachaux, a 46-year-old former civil servant from Poplar in East London, narrowly avoided imprisonment today in Dubai …

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