The sad story of the death of young Emirati Mohammed Al Shaiba Al Nuaimi has shown how ruthlessly the UAE authorities can deal with political opponents and their families, and it has confirmed once again that the "country of tolerance" promoted by the UAE authorities is not a country for Emiratis.
There are no words to describe what happened in this horrific story. Muhammad, a young man who has suffered from cerebral palsy since birth, cannot speak or move his limbs and eats through tubes, was prevented from traveling and thus deprived of his family for no other reason than to take revenge on his father, dissident expatriate, Ahmed Al-Shaiba Al-Nuaimi.
All the appeals and campaigns launched by Muhammad's family and international organizations to convince the UAE authorities that banning Muhammad from traveling violates the rules of decency and honor in rivalry have gone unheard. Indeed, the travel ban on a disabled young man is not only against international law, but also against morality.
Muhammad died far away from his family without his father seeing him for more than 9 years. But Muhammad was not the only one who died due to debauchery in the feud. Alia Abdel Nour died with her hands and feet tied to the hospital bed. Alaa Al-Siddiq died dreaming of meeting her father, detainee of conscience Muhammad Al-Siddiq, outside prison. Iman, the daughter of Salem Sahouh, a detainee of conscience, died without her father being able to bid her farewell. Dozens of detainees whose parents died behind bars without being allowed to attend their funerals.
From each story, it is clear that not only do people die, but values can die as well. The names of the deceased will be remembered in history as witnesses to the inhumanity and cruelty of the Abu Dhabi authorities. The echo of Alia's cries of pain because of her illness will forever be heard in the corridors of Al-Wathba prison, and the tears of the children of detainee of conscience Abd al-Salam Darwish will remain marked on their faces when the UAE authorities prevented them from seeing their father and stopped funding their treatment. Muhammad did not die, because his image will remain proof that the UAE authorities also violate the rights of people with special needs if one of them is destined to be the son of a dissident.
The story of Muhammad will be added to the dark history of the UAE authorities, and what distinguishes it are the legitimate questions we would like to ask the decision-makers in Abu Dhabi: On what grounds is a paralyzed person prevented from traveling? Is there a legal basis for the UAE authorities to prevent him from traveling? What is the threat to the security of the state? Was he prevented from reuniting with his family to take revenge on his father?
Is there any legal justification for depriving a father of his child, even if the state believes his father is a criminal? But it is the tax paid by the free people of the UAE and their families hoping to fix what has been corrupted by those in power.