Ahmed Mohammed Al-Mulla, an Emirati activist, has been detained for over 8 months, but no charges have been made against him. He spent 3 of these months in one of the UAE’s secret prisons known for their torture and human rights violations.
Al-Mulla was arrested on May 1, 2014 by Al-Qusais police force. He had received a phone call from the police station around 10 pm and was told to report to the police station. Once Al-Mulla, accompanied by his son, reached the police station, the police officers escorted him out of the police station through a back door while his son remained outside the station, unaware of what was happening.
According to his family, Al-Mulla was taken back to his house, escorted by 4 black SUVs, as well as a few other vehicles, and 12 individuals, some of whom were dressed in black and covered their faces, some who were civilians, and a female officer to monitor the women. The police forces searched Ahmed Al-Mulla’s home for two hours, leaving no traces of their search except in one room. They even searched his cars.
He was then handcuffed in front of his wife, children, and a relative and was taken to an unknown location. Throughout this entire process, his eldest son was waiting for him outside the police station, only finding out about this after the search was over and his father was taken away, as Al-Mulla’s family was prohibited from making any phone calls during the search.
During the 3 months he spent in a secret prison, he was deprived from his basic rights and was only allowed to speak to his family once on June 12th for a few minutes. His wife said that he sounded stressed and anxious and gave them no information regarding his whereabouts. His family, as well as may human rights organisations, believe he may have been subject to torture and abuse during this time.
On August 22, 2014, Ahmed Al-Mulla was transferred to Al-Wathba Prison in Abu Dhabi.
The Emirates Centre for Human Rights fears that Al-Mulla, as well as many other human rights defenders and activists are being tortured during their detention and are being deprived of their basic human rights, such as access to a lawyer, family visitation, and a fair trial.
Despite being held for over 8 months, Ahmed Al-Mulla has not been charged with anything nor has a trial been scheduled. This is considered a form of indefinite detention, prohibited by international law, as cited in Article 9 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.
The ECHR urges the UAE authorities to:
1. Immediately and unconditionally release Ahmed Al-Mulla from prison, as he has committed no crimes.
2. Investigate into torture and abuse claims in UAE prisons and hold all those responsible accountable.
3. Stop all arbitrary arrests, forced disappearances, and indefinite detentions, which constitute blatant violations of international law.
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