October 5, 2015

United Arab Emirates: Protect a Group of 41 Men (UA 218/15)

The mass trial of 41 men ended in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE), on 27 March with 34 of them receiving sentences ranging between three years and life imprisonment. Three of those sentenced were under the age of 18 at the time of their arrests. Seven others were acquitted.
1) Please write immediately in Arabic, English or your own language:
  • Calling on the UAE authorities to ensure the convictions of the 34 men are quashed and to order a retrial before an ordinary criminal court in accordance with international fair trial standards, including the right to appeal, and without recourse to the death penalty; adding that those under 18 at the time of arrests should be retried in a court abiding by international standards of juvenile justice;
  • Calling on them to ensure that any “confessions” obtained by torture and other ill-treatment are not used as evidence in court and that the men are protected from any further ill-treatment; and calling on them to order an independent and impartial investigation into the allegations of torture, in line with the Istanbul protocol.
2) For the full Urgent Action, including appeal addresses and further information, please click on the Word or PDF version below.

3) Please let us know if you took action so that we can track our impact!
  • EITHER send a short email to uan@aiusa.org with “UA 218/15” in the subject line, and include in the body of the email the number of letters and/or emails you sent,
  • OR fill out this short online form to let us know how you took action.