Ahmed Rashid Ibrahim Al-Tabour Al-Nuaimi, born in 1963, is a former director of the Eslah Society. On March 3, 2011, he along with human rights activists signed the Third of March petition, addressing the President of UAE, Khalifa bin Zayed to bring about reforms in the legislative authority, including fair elections for the National Assembly in order fully exercise powers.
His apprehension and trial
On May 18, 2012, the UAE security forces arbitrarily arrested Al-Nuaimi from his house with no legal reasons or an arrest warrant, and terrorized him and his family. He was subjected to enforced disappearance until he appeared before court.
During his detention, Al-Nuaimi was subjected to ill-treatment and various forms of torture. He was severely beaten to sign fake confessions to make false accusations against him. He was repeatedly taken blindfolded and handcuffed from solitary confinement to an unknown place to severely beat him with a rubber bar on his back and the soles of his feet, in an attempt to rob of his dignity.
On July 2, 2013, the Federal Supreme Court in Abu Dhabi sentenced 56 people including Al-Nuaimi to 10 years imprisonment with additional 3 years of probation on charges of being affiliated to 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 and witnessed a number of legal violations, including failure to investigate into the arbitrary arrest and enforced disappearance he was exposed to, ignoring his statements that he was subjected to torture, beatings and insults. They did not care about his deteriorating health condition and the clear signs of torture over his body. Instead, they issued a final unappealable ruling without any material evidence of the charges brought against him. It is also worth noting that he was denied his right to legal representation.
Al-Nuaimi is serving his sentence in Al-Razeen Prison along with a number of prisoners of conscience, who are subjected to flagrant violations against human rights and all international conventions against torture. He is not allowed to see visitors, to read and write, or practice any activities, even religious rituals. The rooms are overcrowded with no ventilation or windows. They do not provide him with proper food; instead, he subjected to continual intimidation in solitary confinement.