Emirati response full of falsehood

A Statement about UAE authorities’ response to the United Nations Human Rights Committee

2 Jun 2021
A Statement about UAE authorities’ response to the United Nations Human Rights Committee

The Emirates Detainees Advocacy Center secured a copy of the UAE response, sent by the Permanent Mission of the United Arab Emirates at the United Nations Office in Geneva to the Human Rights Committee on March 24, 2021. The response is in relation with the joint communiqué, No. AL ARE 1/2021, concerning Dr. Muhammad Abdullah Al-Roken, Mr. Ahmed Mansour, and Dr. Nasser Bin Ghaith.  
EDAC expresses its deep frustration at the ongoing policy of denying facts, using deliberate deception, and falsifying facts that the UAE authorities adopt. Such facts are documented in international reports and official documents the UAE authorities themselves issued. 
Even though the UAE authorities’ response was fraught with inaccuracies, EDAC will only refute two of them in this statement:
1. The UAE authorities claimed that the aforementioned persons “have not been subjected to torture or cruel and inhuman treatment, have not been deprived of their guaranteed rights by the law, and have never directly or through their legal representation put a request, whether at the investigation stage or during the execution of the sentence stage, that requires an investigation to be carried out or indicates that they were subjected to torture or violations of the provisions of the law. Every inmate has the right to file any complaint in this regard.”
This statement contradicts what happened, as the record of the extending session of Dr. Muhammad Al-Roken, which took place on November 1, 2012, in the investigation stage, documents the objection of Al-Roken to solitary confinement, and his submission of a request to the Public Prosecution office proving that he was exposed to constant lighting for 24 hours a day. That belies UAE authorities’ response. 
(The Emirates Detainees Advocacy Center publishes a copy of this record for public opinion for the first time.)
The record not only proves the invalidity of the UAE response about requests and objections the three persons put in, which require conducting an investigation, but also proves that the Public Prosecution and the Court kept ignoring such requests, as they never existed, which is what the UAE authorities did in their response!

2. In their response, the UAE authorities stated that they also allow all inmates to receive calls and visits all the time, and the above-mentioned are constantly in contact with their relatives. Strangely, the UAE authorities admit that this is incorrect, as they mentioned in their statement, on March 24, 2021, that Dr. Nasser Bin Ghaith made the last call with his relatives on January 12, 2021, indicating that he has not contacted his family for nearly three months, which comes in violation of the prison established procedure that allows two calls a week. Similarly, the last time the detainees Ahmed Mansour and Dr. Muhammad Al-Roken were allowed to make a contact was on February 3 and 4, respectively, according to the UAE authorities. In other words, they have not spoken to their families for more than a month and a half.
EDAC expresses its genuine regret at the amount of deception in the UAE response, and calls on the authorities to allow international organizations to communicate with the aforementioned and visit them in prisons instead of misleading statements that contradict reality. 
Also, EDAC calls on the UAE authorities to reflect the reality instead of distorting it through meaningless words and guarantees that do not exist.