Al-Rumaihi’s (58 years old) arrest by the Jordanian authorities and his subsequent extradition to the UAE have sparked widespread condemnation and outrage within the human rights community. Several international institutions and prominent organizations have swiftly issued statements denouncing Amman’s actions and calling on Abu Dhabi to guarantee his rights.
The United Nations was among the first and foremost international institutions to respond to Al-Rumaihi’s case. The UN Human Rights Office expressed concern over his mistreatment, urging the UAE to ensure full respect for his rights, as documented by the Emirates Centre for Advocates of Detainees.
The UN Office stated that “the deportation of Al-Rumaihi from Jordan to the UAE raises serious concerns about the due legal process” while calling on the Emirati authorities to “immediately release all prisoners detained for exercising freedom of expression and association.”
On the level of human rights organizations, the MENA group for human rights condemned the extradition of Al-Rumaihi. It urgently appealed to the United Nations Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances to intervene with the Jordanian and Emirati authorities to clarify his fate and whereabouts.
Human Rights Watch also condemned Al-Rumaihi’s extradition, describing the deportation as a circumvention of established procedures in Jordan and a violation of the Jordanian constitution and international law.
In its statement, Human Rights Watch stated that Al-Rumaihi faces the same dreadful fate as many other defendants in the “UAE 94” case who have been unjustly imprisoned in Emirati jails for over a decade.
The organization called on the UAE authorities to disclose Al-Rumaihi’s location and release him immediately, expressing concern that he may face the risk of arbitrary detention, unfair trial, and even torture, given the UAE’s record of violating the rights of defendants in the “UAE 94” case for over a decade.
Similarly, Amnesty International strongly urged the Emirati authorities to protect Al-Rumaihi, who was forcibly deported, from torture and other ill-treatment and that any retrial he might face is under international standards of a fair trial.
The organization stated that Al-Rumaihi’s safety is at stake due to the UAE’s record of violating defendants’ rights in the “UAE 94” case. Amnesty International called on the Abu Dhabi authorities to prioritize his safety and allow him immediate access to a lawyer, his family, and any necessary medical care.
Furthermore, the Geneva Council for Rights and Freedoms strongly condemned the extradition of Al-Rumaihi by the Jordanian authorities, expressing concern about his exposure to grave human rights violations, including arbitrary detention and unfair trial.
The Council stated in its statement that it followed with concern the announcement by the Emirates Centre for Advocates of Detainees that Jordan had handed over Al-Rumaihi, one of the defendants in the “UAE 94” case, to the Emirati authorities without legal procedures and before his scheduled court hearing on May 16.
The Geneva Council held the Emirati authorities responsible for any arbitrary detention, torture, ill-treatment, or unfair retrial that Al-Rumaihi may face, calling on the international community to pressure Abu Dhabi to release him and all others detained arbitrarily.