The United Arab Emirates (UAE) continued to arbitrary detain the human rights activist Obaid Yousef Al Zaabi since 23 June 2014 despite a verdict of innocence of the UAE Federal Supreme Court on May 2014 in total violation to international laws and conventions.
Al Zaabi was arrested on July 2013, then rearrested on December 12, 2013 after his CNN interview, and was prosecuted on several charges based on his Twitter posts about the trial of the “UAE 94”.
Despite passing on trial on May 26, 2014 and a verdict of acquittal, Security forces still detain him, without clear justification and he was not released despite the passage of nearly two years since the verdict.
The Emirates Center for Human Rights (ECHR) strongly condemns Al Zaabi’s continued arrest for more than two years without any legal basis in flagrant violation to international conventions and treaties and the UAE’s Criminal Procedure Code.
ECHR also calls for the immediate and unconditional release of Al Zaabi as there is no relevant legal basis for depriving him of his freedom.
The Center also calls for putting an end to UAE policy of arbitrary detention and forced disappearance against those who peacefully exercising their rights to freedom of expression and association.