“UAE94” detainee Hasan Al Jabri held arbitrarily since 2012

“UAE94” detainee Hasan Al Jabri held arbitrarily since 2012

On April 9, 2012, Hasan Munif Abdullah Al Jabri was arrested as part of the UAE authorities’ crackdown on the “UAE94”. On July 2, 2013, the Federal Supreme Court sentenced Al Jabri to ten years’ imprisonment, for acts related to the exercise of his rights to freedom of expression and of association. In 2013, the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention issued Opinion No. 60/2013, urging the authorities to release him immediately. However, he remains arbitrarily detained in Al Razeen prison.
Latest Updates
March 9, 2021: MENA Rights Group submits follow-up information on Al Jabri’s situation to the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention.
November 22, 2013: The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention adopts Opinion No. 60/2013 concerning 61 individuals and declares the detention of Al Jabri to be arbitrary. Al Jabri continues to be held at Al Razeen prison.
July 2, 2013: Al Jabri is sentenced to 10 years’ imprisonment, followed by three years’ probation.
March 4, 2013: Al Jabri’s trial before the State Security Chamber within the Federal Supreme Court in Abu Dhabi begins.
July 2012: He is transferred to a secret detention facility, where he is subjected to torture and ill-treatment.
April 9, 2012: Al Jabri is arrested and detained at Shahama Prison Centre in Abu Dhabi.
December 4, 2011: Al Jabri’s citizenship is revoked.

In March 2011, the UAE carried out a comprehensive crackdown on the Reform and Social Guidance Association (Al Islah). Al Jabri saw his citizenship revoked on December 4, 2011, as did many other activists that called for increased political participation and constitutional reform earlier in 2011.

In 2013, the UAE then engaged in a controversial mass trial of 94 individuals commonly referred to as the “UAE94”; 94 intellectuals, activists, and human rights defenders who had openly criticised the Emirati government. All of them were accused of having ties with Al Islah.

On April 9, 2012, Al Jabri was arrested as part of the “UAE94”. Subsequently, he was first detained at Shahama Prison Centre in Abu Dhabi. In July 2012, he was then transferred to a secret location for eight months, where he was held in solitary confinement and subjected to torture and ill-treatment, including death threats by emptying a weapon on his head. During these eight months, Al Jabri was deprived of his right to see his lawyer and to receive visits by his family.

On March 4, 2013, the trial of Al Jabri before the State Security Chamber within the Federal Supreme Court in Abu Dhabi began. He was informed of the vague charges brought against him, namely “establishing and running a secret organisation seeking to oppose the basic principles of the UAE system of governance and to seize power and having links and affiliations to organisations with foreign agendas”. On March 9, 2013, he was transferred to Al Sadr prison. In July 2012, Al Jabri was transferred to Al Razeen prison.

On July 2, 2013, Al Jabri was sentenced to 10 years’ imprisonment, followed by three years’ probation. He was denied the right to appeal to a higher jurisdiction.

On November 22, 2013, The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention adopted Opinion No. 60/2013 and declared the detention of Al Jabri to be arbitrary. It considered, inter alia, the arrest to have resulted from the exercise of the rights to freedom of opinion and expression and to freedom of peaceful assembly and association.

Despite the request of the Working Group to release Al Jabri and to provide him with compensation, he is currently still detained at Al Razeen prison.

On May 21, 2014, a letter jointly written by family members of “UAE94” detainees was delivered to the Minister of Interior. It detailed the violations suffered by the detainees in Al Razeen prison, such as, among others, mistreatment by prison guards, regular placement in solitary confinement and malnutrition. The Ministry has not responded to the letter, nor have other complaints addressed to police officials, prison administration members or UAE leaders been answered.

On March 9, 2021, MENA Rights Group submitted follow-up information on Al Jabri’s situation to the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention. Since the issuance of the Opinion, Al Jabri’s family has been prevented from visiting him for intermittent periods. Since January 2020, his family has been denied communication with him.