Emirates Detainees Advocacy Center

Nasser Bin Ghaith

Defender of Human Rights

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Detainee Timeline

  • February 25, 2018

    He carried out a new hunger strike in response to the bad circumstances in prison

  • April 2, 2017

    In response to the court decision, Al-Meri went on a hunger strike

  • March 19, 2017

    He was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment

  • January 18, 2017

    He was brought before the court of appeal

  • April 4, 2016

    He was brought before the state security department in the Federal Supreme Court

  • August 18, 2015

    He was arrested for the second time over tweets and taken to an unknown place

  • April 2011

    He was arrested for the first time accused of insulting the country symbols

  • Marhc 3, 2011

    He signed the Third of March Petition

Dr. Nasser Al-Meri, an academic and economist, is known for his high educational sophistication, which made him one of the most well-known academic in the UAE.
Al-Meri got his BA in law in 1995 from the Dubai Police Academy, his a master's degree in commercial law from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, USA in 2002, and his Ph.D in economic groupings from the University of Essex in the UK.  This specialization is new in this field.
Dr. Al-Meri is one of the most well-known economists in the Arab world, as he worked as a lecturer at the Sorbonne University, France, Abu Dhabi branch. He is the first Emirati in history to be a lecturer there, which indicates how highly qualified he is. That makes him a professional and a pioneer in his sepcializiation, which is the economic groupings, due to the scarcity of this specialty. It combines combines four disciplines: law, economics, foreign policy and international relations.
Bin Ghaith represented many achievements in the economic and financial fields and was one of the first economists to predict the occurrence of the economic crisis in 2008, warning of its occurrence in many of his writings in 2007 and indicating it beginning in 2006.

His apprehension and trial
In April 2011, Al-Meri was arrested for the first time on probable case No. 313/2011, among the members of the group known as “UAE 5.” They are five activists who were imprisoned for insulting the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi during their participation in a forum, before they were released with a presidential pardon.
On August 18, 2015, Al-Meri was arrested for the second time, when security forces in plainclothes arrested him from his workplace in Abu Dhabi without charge. They took him to his home to search it, confiscate his personal belongings, and take him to an unknown place.
Dr. Al-Meri was subjected to torture, beatings, and sleep deprivation for a week. Neither he nor his family were informed why he was arrested. However, it was clear later that it was over a tweet about human rights violations by the Egyptian authorities and for his criticism of the politicization of the judiciary in the UAE.
On April 4, 2016, Al-Meri was brought before the State Security Department of the Federal Supreme Court in Abu Dhabi in the "Emirati Nation Party" case. He was then brought before the Court of Appeal, in which an Egyptian judge ran the trial.
The court has charged Al-Meri with a wide range of charges, including: 
Insulting the UAE and harming public security and national unity,
- Spreading false information to insult the UAE and tarnish its reputation,
- Communicating and cooperating with members of the banned Eslah society that carries out activities, violating the ruling system in the UAE,
- Committing a hostile act against a foreign country in tweets referring to the mass killing of protesters in Rab'a Square by the Egyptian security forces in 2013,
- Meeting with peaceful political activists in Turkey.
These charges are related to the anti-terrorism law if the meetings are with exiled UAE activists in Turkey.
On March 29, 2017, the court sentenced Al-Meri to 10 years imprisonment in accordance with the cybercrimes act and the anti-terrorism law for 2014.

Violations against the detainee

  • Unfair trial with an Egyptian Judge who was considered opponent

  • Enforced disappearance which comes in violation of Article 9 in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.