UAE authorities refuse to grant the release on health grounds of detainee Alia Abdel Nour who is suffering from Cancer
UAE authorities continue to refuse the release of Alia Abdel Nour Mohamed Abdel Nour (DOB: 20/11/1977) on health grounds. Alia has cancerous tumours, enlarged lymph nodes, osteoporosis and liver fibrosis, and has reached an advanced stage in her health where her life is now in danger. This refusal to release Alia on health grounds is contrary to international and UAE Federal Laws.
On October 30, 2017, the Crown Prince's Office informed the family of his refusal to apply for the release of Alia. The family had presented the request for her release on health grounds on October 17, 2017.
In a phone call with her family on October 29, 2017, from her place of detention in al-Mafraq Hospital in Abu Dhabi (which AOHR UK was able to get a copy of), Alia said: “I have a very tight feeling in my chest. They are provoking me, for no reason! They want me to create problems – they want nothing but problems! I have to debase myself to get my most basic rights, and I do not want anything. All I want is to contact you.”
“On Wednesday, I asked if I can call you. They ignored my request. I put up with it, and I pressed myself not to make any problem with them. I thought that they wouldn’t ignore my request for long. If they ignored me today, they wouldn’t ignore me tomorrow too, surely. I couldn’t bear it any longer. What else can I endure? I am confined to this empty room, since a year. I do not see anything. I am denied of going out, deprived of air, deprived of my most basic rights, and I do not want anything. I do not ask for special treatment. Yet despite this, they continue to ignore me. Why?!”
AOHR UK also received hand-written letters by Alia –written in August 2017- in which she recounts what she had been subjected to since the day of her arrest where she was arrested from her home without a warrant. She recounts her subjection to forced disappearance and torture. Alia was held in poor conditions until she was diagnosed with cancer and her health deteriorated due to the refusal of the detention centre administration to provide her with any medical care.
The Emirati detainee Alia was arrested on July 28, 2015, from her home in UAE. She was forcibly disappeared to an unknown location for four months without being allowed to communicate with her family and without the disclosure of any information about her fate or whereabouts to anyone. She was then presented before a judiciary where she was charged with financing terrorism and dealing with terrorists outside the country. She was sentenced to 10 years' imprisonment.
About a year ago, Alia was transferred to the al-Mafraq Governmental Hospital in Abu Dhabi and is still being held in the Department of Surgery, on floor C1. In the hospital, the situation is not very different from the prison as she also faces medical negligence. She does not receive any medication except analgesics and narcotics.