Aiming to put pressure on his family and stop their activities on social media

UAE authorities deny detainee Al-Marzouki contacting his family

12 Jul 2021
UAE authorities deny detainee Al-Marzouki contacting his family

Jenan Al Marzouqi, the daughter of Emirati detainee Abd al- Salam Mohammad Darwish al-Marzouqi, known as "Abdul Salam Darwish, said that Emirati authorities have been preventing her father from communicating with the outside world for about twenty days.

Jenan stated in a tweet that Emirati authorities have prevented her father from making any phone calls since June 23, even though other detainees were allowed to do so.


Emirates Detainees Advocacy Centre (EDAC) learned from sources close to al-Marzouqi's family that Abu Dhabi authorities have cut off communications with al-Marzouqi with the aim of extorting his family, who are outside the UAE.

The sources stated that the Emirati authorities are disturbed by the activities of the wife and daughter of the Emirati detainee on Twitter and are trying to pressure them to stop their advocacy for the cause of detainees of conscience.

It is noteworthy that preventing the detainee from communicating with his family is a blatant violation of the "Body of Principles for the Protection of All Persons under Any Form of Detention or Imprisonment" adopted by the General Assembly in December 1988, which states: "A detained or imprisoned person shall have the right, to be visited by and to correspond with in particular,members of his family, and shall be given adequate opportunity to communicate with the outside world, subject to reasonable conditions and restrictions as specified by law or lawful regulations. "

Under international standards, restrictions on communication and freedom of movement must be proportionate and reasonable, and neither the prosecutor nor the prison warden can arbitrarily deprive a prisoner of the right to such contacts, because these laws state that "communication of the detained or imprisoned person with the outside world, and in particular his family or counsel, shall not be denied for more than a matter of days."