Press Release at International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances
30 August is the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances, and on this occasion we at Emirates Detainees Advocacy Centre (EDAC) would like to remind the international community and concerned parties that the State Security Apparatus (SSA) of the UAE continues to irresponsibly commit crimes of enforced disappearance against opposition members, human rights defenders and individuals exercising their right to peaceful expression.
UAE legislation also contributes to facilitating enforced disappearances. In addition to the UAE's refusal to abide by International Convention to protect all persons from Enforced Disappearances, laws such as the SSA Law allow for the arrest of people without a judicial warrant and prevent them from contacting the outside world for a period of up to 90 days under the pretext of investigative considerations.
Since 2011 to date, EDAC and other international organisations have documented hundreds of cases of enforced disappearances in which the UAE authorities have refused to cooperate or respond to requests in this regard, and have also failed to punish the perpetrators of these crimes.
On this occasion, EDAC would like to draw special attention to the case of Emirati national Jamal Al-Hammadi who has been missing for 8 years, 8 months and 10 days and whose family knows nothing about his fate. Jamal has been missing since April 20, 2013 when he returned to his home in Khor fakkan. Until this moment, the UAE authorities refuse to give a clear answer about his fate.
EDAC would like to take this opportunity to call on the UAE authorities to cease their continued practise of enforced disappearances and to hold those responsible to account. It also calls on the concerned parties in the UAE to immediately reveal the fate of the citizen Jamal Al-Hammadi and clarify the circumstances of his disappearance.
Emirates Detainees Advocacy Centre (EDAC)
Monday, August 30, 2021 – London