ICBU Supports a Former British Detainee in his Case against Abu Dhabi on Charges of Detention and Torture

Mar 26 2019
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ICBU Supports a Former British Detainee in his Case against Abu Dhabi on Charges of Detention and Torture


The International Campaign to Boycott UAE (ICBU) has said it supports the efforts of British citizen Issa Ahmed in his lawsuit against the UAE government for physical injuries  in charges of  wearing the Qatar football T.Shirt. Ahmed had travelled to the UAE for a holiday in January, and while he was there, he received a ticket for the Asian Cup match between Qatar and Iraq on January 22. The Arsenal fan wore a Qatari shirt for the match, unaware that doing so was a crime in the UAE.



Ahmed returned to the United Kingdom with a series of cuts in his arm, chest injuries and a stab wound on his side. He said that  a security official took off one of his teeth when he hit him in the face. He was denied sleep, food and water for several days during interrogation, before being transferred to a police cell in Sharjah where he was detained until 12 February. He said he was stabbed one night in a police cell, where he was forced to share the cell with 18 others. He is believed to have been stabbed by another prisoner.



Mr. Issa Ahmed said he was arrested, interrogated and detained during his vacation in the UAE after watching an Asian Cup soccer match in January. He says he was beaten, electrocuted and burned while being repeatedly interrogated about why he wore a Qatari football shirt.



The International Campaign called for the intervention of the United Nations, the European Parliament, human rights institutions and the international community to stop human rights violations committed by UAE authorities against Yemen and to force UAE authorities to respect human rights laws. The campaign also called on all countries that respect human rights laws and the free world to boycott the UAE because they violate human rights daily, whether in the war in Yemen or with neighbouring countries or citizens or residents.

ICBU said 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 centre of modern slavery. The United Arab Emirates today is one of the leading countries in trafficking in human beings and is one of the main supporters of terrorist groups in Syria and other parts of the Middle East.