Emirati human rights activist Abdullah Al-Taweel revealed that an Emirati court has issued a verdict against the two Emirati prisoners of conscience, Amina Al-Abdouli and Maryam Al-Balushi.
Al-Taweel said tohomelandOn April 28, the Federal Court of Abu Dhabi sentenced the two Emirati prisoners of conscience, Amina Al Abdouli and Maryam Al Balushi, to an additional three years in prison for “disturbing public order.”
Al-Taweel added that “the unjust regime, after the verdicts of Amina Al-Abdouli and Maryam Al-Balushi ended on November 19, 2020, did not release them under the pretext of placing them in counseling centers.”
He stated that human rights organizations had learned that a new charge and a new sentence of three years had been attached to them.
On July 30, 2019, the State Security Prosecution filed new charges against Amina Al-Abdouli and Maryam Al-Balushi, who have been detained since 2015 for sending a series of audio recordings to the mandate holders of the United Nations special procedures, revealing important details of their exposure to violations inside Emirati prisons.
These audio recordings, published on May 29, 2018, November 12, 2018, November 29, 2019 and February 12, 2019, include information about Amina and Maryam being subjected to enforced disappearance and torture by UAE State Security officers with the aim of forcing them to sign forced confessions condemning them.
The two Emirati activists were subjected to severe retaliation from the Emirati authorities because of these recordings, as they were transferred from Al-Wathba prison to an unknown location, and they were referred to the Public Prosecution and new charges were brought against them of “leaking false information” that affects the reputation of the UAE and Al Wathba prison negatively. Causing problems between countries,” according to Article 29 of the UAE Anti-Information Technology Crimes Law.
It is noteworthy that in November 2020, the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention issued Opinion No. 61/2021 in which it considered the detention of Maryam and Amina to be arbitrary, and urged their immediate release, and called on the government to provide compensation to them, and also stressed that the sending of the recordings to the mandate holders in The UN Special Procedures framework falls under the right to freedom of opinion and expression, describing the new charges as “clear retaliation for the request for assistance from the international community.”
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Despite this, the Emirati authorities ignored the opinion of the arbitrary detention team, and the urgent appeals made by a number of United Nations mandate holders in February 2019 regarding Maryam and Amina, and prosecuted them on the new charges, which ended with the issuance of new prison sentences against them.
It is noteworthy that the UAE State Security arrested Amina and Maryam on November 19, 2015 on various charges. Amina was arrested for tweeting on Twitter. Maryam was arrested on charges of financing terrorism because of her assistance to a Syrian family.
During the period of detention, both of them were subjected to enforced disappearance for several months, and severe torture to force them to confess to the charges against them, and their torture deteriorated their physical and psychological condition. suicide attempt
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