Tariq Hassan Abdullah Al-Qattan Al-Harmoudi, born in 1971, holds a BA in Geology from the United Arab Emirates University and a Diploma in School Administration. Before his arbitrary arrest, he held several key positions:
- A teacher, assistant principal, and a director
- He worked in the Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources in Abu Dhabi
- Director of the Quality Department in the Economic Department in Dubai
- Involved in many volunteer work, including managing the Office of the Charitable Activities Authority.
His apprehension and trial
On July 25, 2012, the UAE security forces arrested him from his home without an arrest warrant, on charges of belonging to Eslah Society. Al-Qattan was kept in enforced disappearance until he appeared before court.
During detention, he was subjected to ill-treatment and various forms for torture. They confiscated all of his personal properties, and placed him in solitary confinement. He was placed in solitary confinement and was subjected to intimidation through fabricating facts about other who called for reform in order to extract confessions from him.
On July 2, 2013, the Federal Supreme Court in Abu Dhabi sentenced 56 people including Al-Qattan to 10 years imprisonment with additional 3 years of probation on charges of being affiliated with a secret illegal group, overthrowing the government, and contacting external parties to implement the plan. He was brought before court as a member of the “UAE 94” group.
His trial lacked the standards of a fair trial as he was denied his right to defend himself. Also, they failed to investigate into the ill-treatment and enforced disappearance he was subjected to.
Now, Al-Qattan is serving his sentence in Al-Razeen prison, where he is subjected to continual torture. He is not allowed to see anybody, nor is he allowed to practice any activities. In an attempt to isolate him from the outside world, they confiscated all his personal properties.
Al-Qattan's trial was not any different from the rest of trials of the prisoners of conscience in terms of legal infringements and inhumane treatment, which do not meet the rights and freedoms that the UAE adheres to within international agreements. That is only words on paper.