Emirates Detainees Advocacy Center

Rashid Bin Sabt

Defender of Human Rights

العربية
متوفر باللغة

Detainee Timeline

  • July 2, 2013

    He was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment with additional 3 years of probation

  • March 4, 2013

    He was brought before court on charges of being affiliated with a secret organization

  • August 28, 2012:

    The UAE authorities arrested him with no legal reasons or an arrest warrant

  • March 3, 2011:

    Signing the Third March petition

Rashid Khalfan Obaid Bin Sabt Al-Ali, born in 1970, is a former deputy director of the Umm al-Qaywayn Educational Zone and an accounting expert. He holds a BA in accounting from Al Ain University; he also worked as an accounting expert at RAK Courts and Dubai Court. He has many local and regional certificates, the most important of which is an arbitrator certification from the Gulf Cooperation Council (G.C.C) Commercial Arbitration Center.

His apprehension and trial 
On August 28, 2012, the UAE security forces arrested Rashid from his house in Al Hamra, Umm al-Qaywayn. He was subjected to enforced disappearance until he appeared before court. 
During detention, he was subjected to ill-treatment and various forms of torture. He was placed in solitary confinement; he was prevented from wearing his medical glasses in the first three months. In addition, he denied his right to legal representation.
On July, 2013, the Federal Supreme Court in Abu Dhabi sentenced 56 people, including Rashid, to 10 years imprisonment with additional 3 years of probation on charges of being affiliated with a secret illegal organization. He was brought before court as a member of the “UAE 94” group. 
Human rights organizations stated that the trial was a farce as there were a wholesale of legal violations, including, the absence of any material evidence against him the victim, considering his social activity as a terrorist crime, and denying his right to legal representation. Also, the judge did not recognize his statements that he was subjected to torture, which infringes the International Convention Against Torture, the UAE signed in 2012. In addition, they failed to investigate the enforced disappearance he was exposed to.
Not only did the State Security Agency subject him to repression, imprisonment and torture during his detention, but also, they deliberately keep committing violations against him inside Al-Razeen prison.

Violations against the detainee

  • Deprived of his basic rights to necessary health care, food, and to go out for exercise and practicing religious rituals

  • Prevented from seeing or calling his family for months