ICBU calls for the Immediate Release of Political and Opinion Detainees in the UAE

May 22 2018
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ICBU calls for the Immediate Release of Political and Opinion Detainees in the UAE

22 May 2018

International Campaign to Boycott UAE (ICBU) called for the immediate release of political and opinion detainees in the United Arab Emirates, who were arrested only because they expressed their views, their political orientation or their defense of human rights and freedoms. Radha Stirling, British Human Rights |Activists, said “The UAE’s system is a façade and country’s law enforcement officers, courts and the government do not follow or adhere to their own legislation. Victims are jailed for years without charge, over false allegations.”

The number of political detainees in the UAE has reached 204, distributed into 13 nationalities such as Egypt, Libya, Yemen, Qatar, Turkey, Syria, Palestine, Lebanon, Jordan, Tunisia, Côte d’Ivoire and Algeria, as well as Turkey.

The Arab Organization for Human Rights in Britain revealed this month a complaint by political detainees in the UAE of the deteriorating conditions of their detention and subjected to torture and ill-treatment and humiliation. The organization added that it had received a written letter from inside the solitary confinement prison of the detainee Amina al-Abdouli saying “On the evening of November 19, 2015, our house in the village of Taybeh in the Emirate of Fujairah was broken into by security forces that did not reveal their identities, nor did any judicial warrants of arrest and detention appear. They arrested me with My sister Moza , who was 18 years old, and my brother Musab ,who was 25 years old. Then we were taken to the cars of the forces that arrested us. We were separated by placing each of us in a different car.  After the restriction of our hands and feet, they put bands on our eyes and on the way, they  arrested Mariam Balochi. ”

ICBU said that the UAE is still detaining hundreds of opinion detainees from academics, scholars, preachers, human rights activists and social networking activists of both sexes in difficult circumstances. Where UAE security deals brutally with detainees such as repression, torture, imprisonment of relatives of detainees, sexual assaults and death threats.

ICBU calls on the international community to intervene immediately to stop human rights violations in the UAE and to force the authorities in the UAE to respect human rights laws. The campaign also called on all countries and companies that respect human rights laws and the free world to boycott the UAE because they violate human rights on a daily basis, whether in the war in Yemen or with neighboring countries or citizens or residents.

The boycott campaign said that it was launched in the light of the endless violations of human rights practiced by the UAE, as well as its war crimes in Yemen and violations of workers’ rights, as well as the fact that the UAE is the center of modern slavery. The United Arab Emirates today is one of the leading countries in human-trafficking and is one of the main supporters of terrorist groups in Syria and other parts of the Middle East.