Mr. Hussein Munif Abdullah Al-Jabri, born in 1959, holds a BA in Education and Science from the United Arab Emirates University, in 1982. Al-Jabri is an educational expert and the former head of the Training and Development Department in the Abu Dhabi Municipality Department. He held several key positions, including a social worker in the regional schools in Abu Dhabi, a member of the Board of Directors of the Teachers Association, and a general supervisor of literacy and adult education centers.
On December 4, 2011, Al-Jabri along with other 7 members of the Eslah Society lost their nationality based on a verdict issued.
His apprehension and trial
On April 9, 2012, the UAE security forces arrested Al-Jabri at the Passports Department, claiming that there were no legal papers for his residency in the United Arab Emirates. He was placed in Al-Sadr prison before being transferred to an unknown place in August 2012. There, he was not allowed to communicate with his family and his lawyer, nor were they allowed to know anything about him between August 2012 and March 2013.
His detention period was repeatedly extended without any official warrant, and he continued to be placed in solitary confinement, where he is not allowed to receive proper medical treatment nor was he allowed to have a chair to pray as he suffers from knee pain.
On July 2, 2013, the Federal Supreme Court in Abu Dhabi sentenced Al-Jabir to 10 years imprisonment with additional 3 years of probation on charges related to being affiliated with a secret illegal organization known as the “UAE 94” group.
During detention period, Al-Jabri experienced various legal violations, including the absence of material evidence and the ignorance of his statements that he was subjected to torture and ill-treatment. That violates the United Nations Convention against Torture (UNCAT).
Al-Jabri still endure such violations in Al-Razeen prison, where the circumstances are adverse. He has no bed to sleep on, or a chair to pray at. Although he repeatedly asked for medical treatment, they never responded. All his personal properties were confiscated, and he was not allowed to have new cloths for months. In addition to that, he was searched in a humiliating way several times. He was not allowed to see the sunlight, nor was he allowed to read or practice sport.
These violations were not only committed against Al-Jabir, but also against his family, as they were subjected to intimidation. His daughter was not allowed to go to college in 2014, while his son was expelled from his job in 2013, had his passport confiscated, and was banned from travel since his father’s arrest.
In 2018, Al-Jabir was not allowed to attend his mother’s funeral, or to see or call anybody for a long time without any reason.
The trial of Al-Jabir and others who called for reform remain a matter of concern and dissatisfaction for the international community, as the UAE violates all the international agreements and conventions that ensured freedom of opinion and expression