Abdullah Al-Helo, an Emirati activist, was arrested by the UAE authorities over participating in charitable activities inside the UAE. He was accused of working within the charitable work committee of the Eslah society. The fact is that Al-Helo is not affiliated with the association as there is not any evidence proving this accusation.
He was subjected to various human rights violations, including enforced disappearance, torture, and arbitrary detention without trial. He remained in enforced disappearance for about 8 months without any charges.
Althouh he finished his sentenced 4 years ago, the UAE authorities are still holding Al-Helo, claiming that he is a danger to society.
His apprehension and trial
On April 22, 2014, the UAE State Security forces arrested Al-Helo from his house in Dubai, and took him to an unknown place.
Al-Helo was subjected to various forms of human rights violations, including enforced disappearance, torture, and arbitrary detention without trial. He was held for about a year and eight months in secret detention without any charges.
Then, they took him to his house, searched it for more than two hours, and detained him without charges or an arrest warrant in a secret place for more than 3 months without any contacts.
On January 25, 2016, he was brought before the State Security Department in the Federal Court, where the court charged him with joining Eslah Socitey and collecting donations and funds without obtaining prior permission from the UAE authorities.
On June 13, 2016, the court sentenced Al-Helo to 3 years imprisonment. Although he finished his sentence, the State Security Department of the Federal Supreme Court decided to extend his detention based on the request submitted by the Public Prosecution that he “represents a threat”, which comes in violation of the basic human rights.