Emirates Detainees Advocacy Center

Hassan Al-Hammadi

العربية
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Detainee Timeline

  • July 2, 2013

    He was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment with additional 3 years of probation

  • March 3, 2013

    He was brought before court in the “UAE 94” case

  • August 1, 2012

    He was brought before prosecution and pre-detained

  • July 30, 2012

    He was arrested for the second time with no charges or an arrest warrant

  • February 2011

    He was arrested for the first time and was released days after

Like other prisoners of conscience in the UAE, Al-Hammadi has a distinguished academic and professional career, as he obtained a BA in management from the United Arab Emirates University in the 1980s, a master’s degree in community project management with first class honors a few months before his arrest.
He held several governmental positions including:
- Head of the Department of Educational Administration and Planning from 1982-2003 
- Deputy Director of the Sharjah Office until 2005,
- Acting Director of the Sharjah Office in 2005-2006.
As Al-Hammadi has more than 30 years of experience in the field of education, he contriubed to establishing the first email service program with schools in 1996 and the first public service office nationwide in 2000. He also played a role in the Education Without Barriers Project in 2006.

His apprehension and trial
After he was invited for a discussion between the government and the people, Al-Hammadi was arrested for the first time in February 2011, while delivering a speech to the worshipers after the end of the Friday prayer sermon in one of the mosques in the Khor Fakkan area in Sharjah.
The night od the same day, Al-Hammadi was surprised that security forces were arresting him from his home on charges of disturbing public security. His family was prevented from visiting him, and he was not allowed to contact anyone except his wife, with whom he stopped contacting after two days. Then he was bailed out a few days later; he signed a pledge to the State Security Agency not to repeat such behavior.
On July 30, 2012, the UAE security forces arrested Al-Hammadi from his home without charge or an arrest warrant, and took him to an unknown place.
On March 4, 2013, he was tried before the State Security Court in Case No. (79/2012) known as the secret organization “UAE 94”. He was accused with affiliating with an illegal secret organization, which aims to oppose the foundations on which the state is based to seize with the help of foreign parties. 
On July 2, 2013, the court sentenced Al-Hammadi to 10 years imprisonment with additional 3 years of probation. 
 

Violations against the detainee

  • Enforced disappearance, violating International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance

  • The absence of any material evidence against the victim