Emirates Detainees Advocacy Center

Saif Al-Ajlah

Defender of Human Rights

العربية
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Detainee Timeline

  • April 2, 2014

    the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention issued opinion No. 60/2013, which stipulates that Dr. Saif Al-Ajlah is arbitrarily detained and calls on the authorities to immediately release him

  • July 2, 2013

    been sentenced to 10 years imprisonment and additional 3 years probation

  • March 13, 2013

    been transferred from the unlawful detention center to Al-Razeen prison

  • March 4, 2013

    the beginning of the trial

  • July 24, 2012

    been arrested without an arrest warrant and been detained in unlawful centers

  • March 3, 2011

    signing the third of March petition

Dr. Saif Muhammad Al-Ajlah, born in 1958, is an expert and president of the Teachers Association. He holds a BA in History from the United Arab Emirates University, and a PhD in Leadership Behavior of school heads from the University of Wales, Cardiff in the United Kingdom. In addition, Dr. Al-Ajlah is a member of the Arabian Association for Human Resources Development and a member of the Judging Committee for Educational Research in the Rashid Bin Humaid Cultural and Sciences Award in Ajman.
He held a significant number of senior positions including Director General of the Marriage Fund (2009) and General Director of Sharjah Charity House (2011), and editor-in-chief of Al-Muallem magazine (from 1987 to 1993).

His apprehension and trial
On July 24, 2012, UAE security forces arrested him without any charge or an arrest warrant. He was taken to an unknown place, kept there for eight months, and deprived of his right to see a lawyer. 
During his detention, he was subjected to various forms of violations and torture, including solitary confinement, continuous strong light, and voices from loudspeakers that created a damaging impact on his psychological and neurological health. Authorities refused to allow doctors to see him although he asked for specialized treatment for ear-ringing, hand-shivering, and deteriorating neurological health. 
On July 2, 2013, the Federal Supreme Court in Abu Dhabi sentenced 56 people, including Dr. Saif, to 10 years imprisonment with an additional 3 years of being placed on probation. He appeared before the court as a member of the group known as the "UAE 94" group.

Violations continued against Dr. Saif while he was kept in the infamous Al-Razeen prison, where he is currently serving his sentence. He is deprived of regular visits, books, and the sunlight is subjected to intimidation and is not allowed to practice his religious rituals. 
The United Nations issued a resolution affirming that Dr. Saif was arbitrarily arrested, and calling the UAE government to release him, given the absence of a legal justification for his detention, along with "vague accusations" brought against him.
 

Violations against the detainee

  • 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.

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