04/12/2019

Urgent Action Update: Eight Lebanese Men Await Verdict (United Arab Emirates: UA 38.19)


On 3 April 2019, eight Lebanese men appeared before the state security Chamber of the Federal Appeal Court in Abu Dhabi. They were allowed to speak out about their detention conditions. At least one of them, Abdel Rahman Chouman, described how he was beaten for six hours at a time during the investigation and forced to sign his ‘confession’ without being allowed to read the document. The Court set 15 May for issuing its verdict, and the families were told that the eight men would be transferred to al-Wathba prison in Abu Dhabi within the following two weeks.

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Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan
Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi
Crown Prince Court
King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Street,
P.O. Box 124
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Fax: +971 2 668 6622
Twitter: @MohamedBinZayed 
Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba
Embassy of the United Arab Emirates
3522 International Court NW Suite 400, Washington DC 20008
Phone: 202 243 2400 I Fax: 202 243 2432
Contact form: https://bit.ly/2CrKyHz
Facebook: @UAEEmbassyUS
Twitter: @UAEEmbassyUS
Instagram: @uaeembassyus
Salutation: Your Excellency

Your Excellency,

Eight Lebanese men, including Abdel Rahman Talal Chouman (a safety and security trainer with Emirates airlines) and Ahmed Nimr Sobeh (a sales consultant at Al Nabooda Automobiles), were arrested by State Security forces between the end of December 2017 and 18 February 2018, on charges including forming a “terrorist” cell and planning “terrorist attacks in the UAE on orders of Hezbollah.” On 3 April 2019, the eight men appeared before the state security Chamber of the Federal Appeal Court in Abu Dhabi for the fourth time. They were allowed to speak out, and at least one of them, Abdel Rahman Chouman, described how he was beaten for six hours at a time during the investigation and forced to sign his ‘confession’ without being allowed to read the document. The court set 15 May for issuing its verdict, and the families were told that the eight men would be transferred to al-Wathba prison in Abu Dhabi within the following two weeks.

I urge your government to immediately release the eight men unless there is evidence of a recognizable criminal offense, in line with international law and standards; and in the interim, ensure that they are granted immediate and regular access to their lawyer, their families, consular support, and any medical care they may require; and for their trial to meet international standards for fair trials without relying on coerced confessions. I further call on you to order the launch an independent and impartial investigation into the allegations of torture, in line with the Istanbul Protocol on the Effective Investigation and Documentation of Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.

Kind regards,

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