Shaheen Abdullah Mal Allah Al-Hosni, born in 1971, is an information consultant and librarian. He is the one who came up with the idea of the first electronic library in the UAE. He holds a PhD in information studies from the University of Florida in the U.S, a master's degree in library and information science from the University of Wisconsin in the U.S, and a BA in Education, Arabic Language from the United Arab Emirates University.
Dr. Al-Hosni held several key positions, including a lecturer in the Department of Information Systems at the College of Business and Economics at the United Arab Emirates University, head of Supply and Group Development Department at the Deanship of Libraries at the United Arab Emirates University, and a teacher at the Ministry of Education.
Due to his social activity and affiliation with Eslah Society, Dr. Shaheen Al-Hosni was subjected to harassment and intimidation from the UAE government, as he lost his nationality without a court order along with 6 others from the Eslah Society.
His apprehension and trial
On March 26, 2012, the UAE security forces arrested Dr. Al-Hosni at the Passports Department after he was summoned and given the choice between the Comoros nationality or arrest. It was claimed that he lacked the legal papers for his residency in the UAE. He preferred to be arrested to losing his UAE nationality.
At first, he was placed in Al-Sadr prison, then he was transferred to secret prisons for 8 months, during which he was subjected to enforced disappearance until he appeared before court. He was prevented from contacting with the family and the lawyer. These practices continued during detention, as his request for medical treatment was ignored. He was intentionally placed in solitary confinement for a long time with constant intense night lighting, which negatively affected his physical and psychological health. Such violations affected his family as well.
On July 2, 2013, the Federal Supreme Court in Abu Dhabi sentenced 56 people, including Al-Hosni, to 10 years imprisonment with additional 3 years of probation over being affiliated with a secret illegal organization. He was brought before court as a member of the “UAE 94” group.
His trial lacked all the standards of a fair trial. It witnessed various forms of violations, as the detainee was denied his right to legal representation, the absence of any material evidence of charges against him, ignorance of his statements that he was subjected to enforced disappearance and arbitrary detention, and failure to investigate into the ill-treatment that he was exposed to. Instead, a final unappealable ruling was issued.
Dr. Al-Hosni is serving his sentence in Al-Razeen prison, where he is subjected to flagrant violations. He is placed in solitary confinement, deprived his right to visits, calls, going out, practicing religious rituals, or getting books or the Holy Quran, to completely isolate him from the outside world.