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HomeNewsUAE prisoner of opinion Alia Abdel Nour complains of the deterioration of her health in a phone call to her familyUAE prisoner of opinion Alia Abdel Nour complains of the deterioration of her health in a phone call to her family

UAE prisoner of opinion Alia Abdel Nour complains of the deterioration of her health in a phone call to her family

In a phone call with her family from her place of detention in al-Mafraq Hospital in Abu Dhabi, UAE prisoner Alia Abdel Nour complained of the inhumane conditions of detention which has contributed significantly to the deterioration of her health.

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.

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.

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