Stop Torture in the United Arab Emirates


Target: United Arab Emirates President Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan

Goal: Investigate reports of torture in Emirati prisons and take action against it

For the fifth time in the last decade reports of torture and ill treatment of inmates in United Arab Emirates (“U.A.E.”) prisons are surfacing, this time concerning the treatment of some 94 men under investigation for treason. Their statements consistently describe torture being used to extract confessions and other information from them, suggesting that this is a common and systematic practice in the prisons of the U.A.E.. These men are now in desperate need of medical attention, which is being denied to them by the government of the U.A.E.. This horrible and inhumane practice must be thoroughly investigated and ended, so that no more torture occurs within Emirati prisons.

The majority of the inmates reported being repeatedly beaten, denied sleep, exposed to extreme temperatures for hours, and in a number of cases, threatened with electrocution. Another inmate, Saud Kulaib, alleges that he is being held without charges and repeatedly tortured, in clear violation of international law. Similar reports have been surfacing since 2003, suggesting that the current rash of  torture occurring in Emirati prisons is by no means an isolated event, and as such, has been labeled systematic by Amnesty International.

Events in the courtroom support the allegations of torture: witnesses reported that when the suspects were brought in they seemed disheveled and disoriented. It is also believed that, based on his conflicting testimony, at least one of the prisoners was forced to give a false confession while in prison.

It is the responsibility of the Federal Supreme Council to investigate these reports thoroughly and without bias, punish those responsible, and compensate the victims appropriately. It is also imperative that any testimony extracted via torture is not used to prosecute the victims. Finally, measures should be taken to make large-scale reforms to the Emirati prison system so that these abuses do not continue to occur.


Dear President Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan,

Reports have recently surfaced that inmates in a number of Emirati prisons were tortured in highly similar ways, suggesting that the abusive practices there are systematic in nature. Events in court support these allegations, as does the Emirati prison system’s long history of accusations and concerns of torture.

The abuses perpetrated upon these inmates are reprehensible and must not continue. It is the duty of the Federal Supreme Council to investigate these claims, pay reparations to victims, and take measures to ensure that such torture does not occur in the future. It is also critical that any evidence obtained through torture be thrown out, in compliance with international law.


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