Ibrahim Al-Marzouki, born in 1971, graduated from the Bani Yas Institute for Holy Quran Memorization. He holds a BA in Islamic Studies from the United Arab Emirates University.
Al-Marzouqi was a teacher for more than 15 years in a number of state schools. He held several positions: the Director of Programs at the Abu Dhabi Educational Youth Foundation, Vice President of the Association of Islamic Student Studies at the United Arab Emirates University, and Director of Activities and Programs at the Emirates Heritage Club.
He was involved in a various voluntary works. He is a member of many associations, including the Emirates Scout Association, the Society for the Revival of Folklore, the Eslah Society, the Teachers Association, and the Abu Dhabi Charitable Authority. He was also among the volunteers in the first military batch during the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait.
Due to his social activity, Al-Marzouki became a target of harassment and intimidation by UAE authorities, especially after signing the reform petition known as the Third of March petition. On December 4, 2011, he lost his nationality on the grounds that he is carrying out acts that threaten the sovereignty of the country.
His apprehension and trial
On March 26, 2012, UAE security forces arrested Al-Marzouki within the Passport Department, without a legal arrest warrant, and he was subjected to enforced disappearance from August 2012 to March 2013.
During his detention, he was subjected to various forms of violations, as he was placed in solitary confinement with no beds or blankets. He was not allowed to see anybody, nor was he allowed to see a lawyer.
During detention, they kept carrying out their inhumane practices against Al-Marzouki as he was repeatedly interrogated for long periods with no legal reasons. His detention was extended, and he experienced the denial of bail. The UAE authorities deliberately influenced public opinion by spreading inaccuracies. His personal properties were confiscated, he was placed in solitary confinement, and he was subjected to constant light all night.
These practices amounted to physical assaults as he was savagely beat with a hose, was poked with nails, kept standing for long hours, from 8 am to 12 midnight under the air conditioning, even though they knew he suffered from back pain.
On July 2, 2013, the Federal Supreme Court in Abu Dhabi sentenced 56 people, including him, to 10 years imprisonment with additional 3 years of probation. He was brought before court as a member of the “UAE 94” group.
His trial lacked the standards of a fair trial, witnessing legal violations, including the absence of material evidence, and the denial of the detainee's right to legal representation. Human rights organizations reported these in disappointing incidents, as evidence of the tragic decline of public rights and freedoms in the UAE. They intentionally use political trials against detainees before the Federal Court, which cannot be appealed; they extract confessions under torture. Also, physical and moral assaults against Al-Marzouki and other detainees were rejected.
Violations continued against Al-Marzouki inside Al-Razeen prison, where he spends most of his detention in solitary confinement without ventilation, health care, or proper food. Also, he is denied his right to regular visits.