Khalifa Hilal Khalifa Hilal Saeed Al-Nuaimi, born in 1987, is a human rights activist. He worked as a broadcaster for Al Dhafra TV channel. He prepared many programs and community events, which were streamed on Sharjah TV. Also, he represented the country in many international scout forums and camps through the Emirates Scout Association.
Due to his human rights activities and his defense for the five detainees in 2011, Al-Nuaimi was subjected to harassment and intimidation.
His apprehension and trial
On July 16, 2012, the UAE security forces arrested the activist Khalifa Al-Nuaimi once he was at his family's home. Then, he was subjected to enforced disappearance and kept in an unknown place until he appeared in court in March.
Al-Nuaimi was placed in solitary confinement in a cell without a bed, a carpet or a Qur’an. This was the only thing his family knew about him after they were prevented from knowing the place of his detention. He was not allowed to have legal representation, and he was interrogated several times late at night blindfolded, which caused him psychological damage. He was also prevented from having books and newspapers.
On July 2, 2013, the Federal Supreme Court in Abu Dhabi sentenced the activist Al-Nuaimi to 10 years imprisonment with additional 3 years of probation on charges related to being affiliated with a secret illegal organization. He was brought before court as a member of the “UAE 94” group.
His trial witnessed a significant number of legal violations, including the absence of material evidence of the charges against him, considering his social activities as a terrorist crime, and not investigating into the fact that he was subjected to enforced disappearance. Also, they ignored his statements that he was subjected to torture and solitary confinement. They did not investigate the illegal procedures to interrogate him more than 6 times. Blindfolded, he was forced to sign confessions under threat and was deprived of his right to legal representation in the trial.
As violations continued in Al-Razeen prison, in March 2014, Khalifa was placed in solitary confinement with no bed or chair. Also, they prevented him from having any food with no legal reasons.
Later, Al-Nuaimi and his companion in detention, Ali Abdullah Al-Khaja, were severely beaten, forming bruises on their bodies. The circumstances of their exposure to physical violence were kept hidden.
These violations did not stop, but escalated. It is worth mentioning that he had been prevented from seeing his father for more than a year and a half. His father died, and he was not allowed to attend his funeral nor was he allowed to practice funeral prayers.