“UAE94” detainee Khalid Al Shaiba Al Nuaimi arbitrarily detained since 2012

“UAE94” detainee Khalid Al Shaiba Al Nuaimi arbitrarily detained since 2012

On July 16, 2012, Khalid Mohammad Al Shaiba Al Nuaimi was arrested as part of the UAE’s comprehensive crackdown on the “UAE94”. On July 2, 2013, the Federal Supreme Court sentenced Al Shaiba Al Nuaimi 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 Shaiba Al Nuaimi’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 Nuaimi to be arbitrary. He continues to be held at Al Razeen prison.
July 2, 2013: Al Shaiba Al Nuaimi is sentenced to 10 years’ imprisonment, followed by three years’ probation.
March 4, 2013: Al Shaiba Al Nuaimi’s trial before the State Security Chamber within the Federal Supreme Court in Abu Dhabi begins.
July 16, 2012: Al Shaiba Al Nuaimi is arrested.

In March 2011, the UAE carried out a comprehensive crackdown on the Reform and Social Guidance Association (Al Islah). 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 July 16, 2012, Al Shaiba Al Nuaimi was arrested as part of the “UAE94”. Subsequently, he was detained in solitary confinement in a secret location for eight months, where he was subjected to torture and ill-treatment. During these eight months, Al Shaiba Al Nuaimi was deprived of his right to see his lawyer and to receive visits by his family.

On March 4, 2013, the trial of Al Shaiba Al Nuaimi 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 Razeen prison.

On July 2, 2013, Al Shaiba Al Nuaimi 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 considered the detention of Al Shaiba Al Nuaimi to be arbitrary. It described, inter alia, that the arrest had 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 Shaiba Al Nuaimi 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 mistreatment by prison guards, among others, 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 Shaiba Al Nuaimi’s situation to the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention. Since the issuance of the Opinion, his family is frequently prevented from visiting him for several months and he has been placed in solitary confinement.