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UAE: Head of abuses against detainees in prisons

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The denial of visits to prisoners, violating their rights, values, and principles of humanity that link the relationship between the one and his brother, or the people and the authorities. Let alone, detainees in UAE are deprived of their rights only because they expressed their opinion and criticized the authority or demanded the protection of its citizens.

In the UAE, the official media continues to talk about “model prisons” and the provision of services to prisoners. They do their best to improve the country’s reputation for human rights and to promote “tolerance” but this is not what is really happening.

Detainees who express their opinions are in a very bad situation, in the light of the ongoing violations of their rights and their families’. They have been subjected to solitary confinement, beatings by prison guards, confiscation of their clothing and depriving them of the sunlight. They were also prevented from filing complaints and petitions.

Recently they were denied from being visited or communicating with their families, including Khaled al-Shaiba, who was not allowed to be visited four months ago, raising the family’s concern about his health and condition.

Since 2012, Ahrar Al-emarat, who are detained in prison on trumped-up charges and politically reprehensible verdicts after fake trails, have been deprived of time to time form visiting without knowing where they were arrested or their health condition.

This type of repression targeting detainees is an insult to the values of the UAE and the state laws. Despite the shortcomings and repressive laws that emerged in the last few years, after the security campaign against freedom of expression and opinion, the UAE legislator on the issue of prisons respected part of the humanity of citizens and residents, according to Act 43 of 1992 on penal facilities.

In addition to the secret prisons, in which the detainees were held for months before transferring them to political trials, there are notorious prisons such as the prisoners of Al-Razin and Al-Sadr where detainees were subjected to violations targeting the dignity of Emirati citizenship and the legacy of the state’s founding fathers.

This is reprisals against the values, customs, and traditions of the Emirati people who reject abuse before being a reprisal of reformist detainees and their national views and their right to express their opinion.

Meanwhile, a Lebanese newspaper said that government authorities in Abu Dhabi continue to prevent the Lebanese diplomatic mission from meeting with 11 Lebanese detainees, on charges of spying for Hezbollah.

The UAE authorities have been accusing detainees since last year of establishing a Hezbollah spying cell inside the country.

According to the Lebanese Al Akhbar newspaper, the Lebanese mission asked to meet the UAE Attorney General, but its request was denied, while sources in the Lebanese Foreign Ministry said that its ambassador to Abu Dhabi is asking to meet the detainees but his request was denied.

“There is no default or giving priority to a cause at the expense of another. But, we are reaching a stage, we clash with the mentality of the existing regime.”

The newspaper pointed out that a second attempt was made to meet the Lebanese detainees. The response of the Public Prosecutor’s Office is that the request must be addressed to the Federal Public Prosecution because the case is related to “state security.”

According to statements by lawyers, detainees were forced to sign papers without knowing what was written in them.

According to the newspaper, one of the detainees asked the Attorney General of the United Arab Emirates that the Lebanese Ambassador “Fouad Dandan” to be present at the meeting. The Attorney General replied: “The mission does not ask for you, and no one is following your case.”

The detainees’ Families received promises that the Lebanese Foreign Ministry will intervene to allow the attendances of a representative of the trial sessions, in addition to representatives of international human rights organizations.