Detention centers in UAE mass graves for female inmates, right organization warns
Thursday, 24 December 2020 4:40 PM [ Last Update: Thursday, 24 December 2020 5:28 PM ]
This file picture shows female detainees (dressed in pink) and prison guards at a detention facility in the United Arab Emirates.
An international human rights group has warned about the appalling condition of women being held behind bars across the United Arab Emirates, describing detention centers in the Persian Gulf country as “mass graves” for female detainees.
The Arab Organization for Human Rights in the UK (AOHR UK), in a series of posts published on its official Twitter page, stated that inmates suffer from “extremely poor conditions of detention that pose a grave danger to their lives.”
The organization described the UAE prisons as “mass graves in which female detainees are subjected to slow and systematic killing at the hands of security authorities, who are proficient in mental and physical torture.”
According to testimonies of the women, Emirati security forces enjoy harassing them as sick detainees fight their illnesses without any medical care.Female victims come clean about ‘torture’ in UAE jailsA new report has revealed the extent of torture and violent instances of mistreatment practiced against women in UAE prisons.
The AOHR UK said the UAE is holding hundreds of detainees inside its prisons.
It cited the case of Alia Abdel Nour, a cancer-stricken Emirati woman imprisoned on terrorism charges for raising money online for Syrian refugees, stating that she died on May 4 last year as UAE forces denied her adequate medical care and mistreated her for more than three years.
The organization added that such examples are “conclusive evidence of the extent of a decline in human rights conditions in the UAE,” highlighting that female detainees in the country are forced to sign papers without reading their contents that include unsubstantiated accusations.Female Emirati activist Balushi attempts suicide in prison after reporting tortureShe did it by cutting a vein in her arm, months after she reported being tortured.
It launched a campaign under the Arabic hashtags “We will not forget” and “Female inmates in the UAE” to express solitary with the detainees and demand their release.
The organization called on all media outlets, journalists, politicians, jurists, civil society institutions and human rights advocates to join the initiative.
International organizations have on occasions criticized UAE authorities for arresting, torturing and forcibly disappearing dissidents, as well as suppressing any voice denouncing the Abu Dhabi regime’s behavior at domestic and regional levels.
They have also condemned the harassment suffered by human rights activists in the country, and obstruction of their work to investigate the situation on the ground.