The UAE 94 detainees, activists who have been accused of many false charges such as attempting to overthrow the Emirati government during farcical trials are suffering from deteriorating physical and mental health conditions. Such deteriorations are a result of the systematic torture and abuse they are being subject to while imprisoned in Abu Dhabi’s infamous Al-Razeen Prison run by the Emirati Interior Ministry. This torture and abuse poses direct and flagrant violations of their rights, which has been confirmed by sources close to the detainees who preferred to remain unnamed.
Such violations include:
1. Detainees are deprived from leaving their cells during the day, which has caused a vitamin D deficiency, and its accompanying symptoms., including the physical and psychological effects it has on the detainees.
2. They are held in their cells in pitch darkness from 10 pm to 5 am. This puts them at risk of psychological issues, driving them to insanity.
3. Detainees are clearly being starved and, as a result, are suffering from acute malnutrition. Many of the prisoners suffer from illnesses that require the prison to provide specific types and quantities of food, which it has failed to do.
4. Some detainees are held in solitary confinement for long periods of time and this has negatively impacted their mental and physical state.
According to the Emirati lawyer and human rights defender Dr Mohamed Al-Roken, who is suffering from these violations as he is detained in Al-Razeen Prison, the detainees are being “treated like hostages; their captors treat them however they please. They do not treat them as prisoners governed by laws.”
The ECHR called on the UAE authorities to:
1. Immediately and unconditionally release all prisoners of conscience.
2. Stop all violations, torture, and abuse exercised against the detainees.
3. Provide all medical and psychological care required by the prisoners.
4. Adhere to UN Human Rights Council resolutions and international human rights law pertaining to the treatment of prisoners.
5. Improve the conditions of prisons and respect prisoner rights.
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