Emirates Detainees Advocacy Center

Saif Al-Eter

Defender of Human Rights

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

  • July 30, 2012

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

  • March 3, 2011

    He signed the Third of March petition

Saif Muhammad Saif Muhammad Al-Eter Al-Dhanhani, born in 1955, holds a BA in Islamic Studies from the United Arab Emirates University. He held several key positions including: 
- An assistant to the director of the Office of Islamic Affairs and Endowments in Fujairah.
- Director of the Department of Antiquities and Heritage in the Government of Fujairah.
- Responsible for projects in the General Office of the Ministry of Islamic Affairs and Endowments.
- Director of the Department of Hajj and Umrah.
Due to his involvement and sign in the Third of March Petition that called for reform in the UAE, and to his membership in Eslah Society, he was arrested and subjected to enforced disappearance. He was brought before court as a prisoner of conscience and a member of the “UAE 94” group.

His apprehension and trial 
On July 30, 2012, the UAE security forces arrested Al-Eter from his house in Fujairah. During detention, he was subjected to degrading treatment, was placed in solitary confinement, and was prevented from seeing his lawyer. He was detained in an unknown place until he appeared before court. 
On July 2, 2013, the Federal Supreme Court in Abu Dhabi sentenced 56 people, including Al-Eter, 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.
His trial lacked the standards of a fair trial as it witnessed a number of violations, including the failure to investigate into the torture and violence he was exposed to and not considering his statements that he was subjected to torture and enforced disappearance.
Al-Eter continued to suffer from various violations as he serves his sentence in Al-Razeen prison along with a number of prisoners of conscience. In there, they are subjected to degrading treatment; they are not allowed to practice religious rituals or to see the sunlight, or even read books. Plus, they are placed in solitary confinement without reasons. 

Violations against the detainee

  • Not recognizing victim’s statements of being subjected to torture, which violates the United Nations Convention against Torture (UNCAT), which UAE signed in 2012.

  • Depriving the victim of legal representation, as lawyers had been threatened not to represent cases, which violates UN Principles and Guidelines on Access to Legal Aid in Criminal Justice Systems.