Egyptians Held Without Charge In the United Arab Emirates Must Be Released

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Target: Dr. Hadef Jouan Al Dhahiri, Minister of Justice.

Goal: To obtain the release of 13 Egyptian civilians held without charge in the United Arab Emirates.

Thirteen Egyptian civilians with alleged ties to the Egyptian branch of the Muslim Brotherhood have been detained in the United Arab Emirates without charge since last year. Though no charges have been filed, local media sources have stated that the Egyptians had formed a Muslim Brotherhood cell within the UAE. While the detainees have reported that they are being treated well in captivity, they must be allowed access to a lawyer. These prisoners must be charged or immediately and unconditionally released.

The prisoners were not allowed to call their family members until February 7, 2013. When they were finally allowed to make a phone call, they were only allowed to contact family members within the UAE. They still have not been allowed to contact legal representation. Under UAE law, charges must be filed within 48 hours of arrest, after which, detention may be indefinitely extended with the approval of a judge.

The detainees include doctors, engineers, and university professors, all of whom have lived or worked in the UAE for many years. Eight of the detainees have been in the UAE for over 20 years.

The United Arab Emirates is party to the Arab Charter on Human Rights that states that “anyone who is arrested shall be informed at the time of arrest of the reasons for his arrest”. The government of the UAE is obviously in breach of this contract. These Egyptian detainees must be brought before a judge if they have committed an internationally recognized offense. Sign this petition and demand that the UAE government immediately and unconditionally release these prisoners.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Dr. Hadef Jouan Al Dhahiri,

The arrest and detention of 13 Egyptians with suspected connections to the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood is unlawful. By not charging them within the time allowed under UAE law and the Arab Charter on Human Rights, your government is violating the human rights of these prisoners.

I also ask that you respect their human rights and allow more immediate contact with family members and with legal representation. If they are not to be charged with an internationally recognized offense, these detainees must be immediately and unconditionally released.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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