In an international scandal of the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and the de facto ruler of the Emirates, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, the BBC Arabic network published a video material about human rights in the UAE. And a dialogue with Alaa, the daughter of the Emirati detainee, Mohammed Al-Siddiq.
Emirati human rights activist Alaa Al-Siddiq was a guest.BBC“To talk about human rights in her country.
During the BBC video, Alaa Al-Siddiq spoke about her father, Muhammad Al-Siddiq, who has been detained by the UAE authorities since 2013.
Human rightsAlaa Al-Siddiq talks to the BBC about another aspect that is kept secret in her country.
– BBC News Arabic (@BBCArabic)
“I’m my father, I almost didn’t listen to his voice since 2013,” she said.
And Alaa continued in her speech with the report: “Being open to other societies is a wonderful thing, as it has a great opportunity to exchange knowledge and get to know the other.”
She explained: “As for the mechanism of this matter, there was no consultation of the Prime Time Zone, and when a person is not involved and is not taken to his opinion, he begins to oppose.”
The daughter of the detainee, Muhammad al-Siddiq, speaking about what happened with her father, said: “A number of citizens demanded amendments in March 2011. About 133 signed this petition from various orientations.
At that time, according to Alaa, they demanded the government to have a real parliament in which the Prime Time Zone would be represented and the elections would be complete.
However, the UAE government responded to this petition by arresting all its participants.
The report indicated that Alaa Muhammad Al-Siddiq’s father was a member of the Islah party, which the UAE authorities consider a terrorist party.
He was arrested in 2013, along with dozens of others, whom the government accused of attempting to turn against it.
Alaa continued about the detention conditions her father was subjected to: “My father was subjected to various types of injustice, including that he was prevented from teaching at the University of Sharjah.”
He was also banned from traveling and his nationality was withdrawn, after which he was given a choice between staying in the UAE or deportation to any other country.
And the daughter of Muhammad al-Siddiq continues: “He chose to stay in the Emirates and after that he was arrested.”
She added: “Then the wave of arrests began for all of his comrades from the reform department, and the trial for him was in July 2013. After a long period of enforced disappearance in prisons. And torture them and extracting confessions and signatures from them under torture.
I’ll kill you and put the gun in my head
Alaa added that her father went out to court and said there was someone who hit me severely on the face and told me to kill you, and pointed the gun at my head.
In a report published in 2020, Human Rights Watch accused the UAE authorities of showing what it described as a serious disregard for the rule of law during the year 2019, while continuing to detain many activists.
Alaa explained that there is a case of “a severe collapse in the field of freedoms and expression in the UAE, which began with the issuance of the Cybercrime Law in 2012.
She indicated that this law criminalizes all forms of peaceful criticism of the government using social media platforms and websites.
Next to another law is the Law on Combating Terrorist Crimes, which was updated in 2014, and includes the death penalty, and a person may be executed while innocent.
And she added, “This matter is illustrated by the arrest that Nasser bin Ghaith faced in 2015 and Ahmed Mansour, who were former detainees. When they left, they continued their struggle and work, and were re-arrested.
And she continued: “The UAE lacks any real outlet for the systematic delivery of opinion. It is always said that the sheikhs are open, but if they are. The Senate is really open, so who is allowed to enter it ”.
Responses and comments on the conversation of Alaa Al-Siddiq
Many tweeters and activists interacted with the talk of the Emirati human rights activist Alaa Al-Siddiq.
And many of them commented critical of this tyranny practiced by the UAE against its citizens.
One of the tweeters on the subject said what he said, “The citizen has his money, the right of an enslaved, his money is an opinion, if a small official opposes imprisonment or exile.”
The citizen has his money, the right of an enslaved, his money of opinion, if a small official objects to imprisonment or exile
– Nawaf Al-Dihani (@NawafAldihani)
As for another tweet, he commented about the Arab regimes and their tyranny: “Some Arab regimes are distinguished by the rejection of opinion and the other opinion and the arrest of everyone who opposes or contradicts them in opinion.”
He continued: “This model of dictatorship most of the Arab regimes are agreed upon and documented by their official bodies.”
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