1 January 2013

Egypt: UAE Increases Its Violations By Arresting an Emariti Activist and an Egyptian Journalist in Its Territories

press release

ANHRI denounces the escalation of the UAE authorities against the activists and the journalists by arresting an Emariti activist and an Egyptian journalist working in Al-Ittihad Newspaper.

On December 29, 2012, the security forces arrested the young Emariti "Saud Kaleb" from Ras Al-Khaimah without knowing the reasons of the arrest or the place of detention, to join the list of the detainees which included 74 detainees, there no clear charges pressed on them, but the place of detention is not known for them and a lot of them weren't represented before the prosecution or the court.

In related context and according to "Maryam Ahmed Gafar" the daughter of "Dr. Ahmed Gafar" the journalist in Al Ittihad Newspaper on this December 14, to be added to the three Egyptian doctors who were arrested on this December 18. She said to media that her father called them at the day of arrest and told them that the UAE authorities asked to meet him in a hotel beside the his place of residency before he was taken to his home. Then he seized his 3 laptops in addition to papers and documents belongs to him. The authorities also shut down the company for media-training in Duabi and sized all the documents and papers of the company.

She added that "she and her family don't know any thing about "Dr. Ahmed Gafar" since his arrest and they don't know what are the charges pressed against him nor the place of arrest. The UAE authorities are refrains from giving them information related her father.

The news reported about the arrest of other Egyptians in UAE and ANHRI didn't verify this news or didn't have information regarding the process of the arrest.

ANHRI said that "the persistence in the furious campaign against the activists and reforms in UAE without clear and specific charges or the place of detention, require a prompt and decisive intervention from the international and regional organizations to press the authorities to commit to pledges and obligations that UAE signed in respect of human rights".

ANHRI demands the authorities to immediately release the detainees of opinion and conscience in the prisons or announce the charges pressed on them in addition to commit them to trial, which applies the conditions of the fair trials and attended by representative of local and international organizations.

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