Abdullah Al-Hajri was the head of the executive body of the National Union of Emirati Students and responsible for its annual conferences until his arrest in 2012.
Al-Hajri is one of the most prominent and energetic young Emirati faces. He a leading personality and spirit that irritated the security services, who launched a systematic campaign against the union and its leadership to bring to justice.
Al-Hajri got his BA in social work from the UAE University in 2006. While he was in the process of pursuing his master’s degree from the University of Sharjah, the UAE security forces arrested him.
Al-Hajri has a wealth of experience in social service and volunteer work although he is young. He was an educational supervisor at the Knowledge Center for Community Service in 2003. Due to his distinguished efforts, he became head of the center for 4 years. Also, he was working in the Roads and Transport Authority before his arrest.
His apprehension and trial
On July 16, 2012, all communications with Abdullah Al-Hajri, who was traveling in his car to the Al Madam area in Sharjah, were cut off. Although his son-in-law has visited the security services and the State Security Prosecution more than once, they denied the fact that they know anything about him or the restrictions exposed against him.
On December 23, 2013, the Public Prosecution incorporated the name “Abdullah Al-Hajri” and attached it to the file of "UAE 94" case after they received it from an unknown party.
Since he was detained and added to the case, Al-Hajri has endured various forms of beatings and assaults. Also, he was subjected to various types of cruel treatment and torture such as being tied to a chair and threatening to use electricity to shock him.
On July 2, 2013, the State Security Court sentenced Al-Hajri to 7 years imprisonment, after he was accused of being affiliated to an illegal secret organization, which aims to oppose the foundations on which the state is based to seize the ruling with the help of foreign bodies.
Although Al-Hajri served his sentence on July 16, 2019, the UAE authorities is keeping him detained for two years now without a legal basis. He was placed in the Mnasaha Center in Al-Razeen prison under the pretext that he poses a threat. Also, he is denied his right to appeal.