Emirates Detainees Advocacy Center

AbdulRahim Al-Zarouni

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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 to a secret organization

  • July 25, 2012

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

AbdulRahim Muhammad AbdulRahman Al-Zarouni, born in 1969, is a strategic, administrative and media planning consultant. He holds a BA in education and psychology from the United Arab Emirates University. He worked as an executive director for Hayatuna TV channel, a statistical researcher in the Ministry of Education, and director of financial and administrative affairs in Al-Majd TV channel. 
Al-Zarouni participated in many scientific and media conferences, including Al-Qymi Media Conference in February 2011 in Kuwait, the King Saud University (KSU) conference, and the Saudi Management Association in Riyadh in 2010.
Al-Zarouni is among dozens of emirates who supported the Third of March petition, presented by a group of leaders, academics, government officials, advocates and scholars, offering their suggestions, experiences and recommendations to bring about reform in the UAE.

His apprehension and trial
On July 25, 2012, the UAE security forces arrested Al-Zarouni from his family's home in Al-Shabiya Al-Bayda in Umm Al-Quwain without an arrest warrant. During his detention, Al-Zarouni was subjected to enforced disappearance, and was prevented from seeing or contacting his lawyer, family and wife. Also, he was subjected to constant lighting and ill-treatment. All of his personal properties were confiscated. 
On July 2, 2013, the Federal Supreme Court in Abu Dhabi sentenced Al-Zarouni to 10 years imprisonment with additional 3 years of probation. He was brought before court as a member of the “UAE 94” group. 
His trial lacked all the standards of a fair trial and did not meet international human rights standards. It witnessed various legal violations, including the failure to investigate the enforced disappearance he was subjected to and not considering his statements that he was subjected to torture, which violates the International Convention against Torture, to which the UAE has acceded since 2012.
Al-Zarouni is serving his sentence in Al-Razeen prison along with a group of prisoners of conscience. In there, they are subjected to ill-treatment and various forms of psychological and physical torture, including constant lighting, deprivation of visits or any other activities such as religious rituals, and deprivation of proper medical treatment.

Violations against the detainee

  • Deprivation of proper needed treatment