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To date, UAE fails to investigate UAE 94 group torture allegations

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To date, UAE fails to investigate UAE 94 group torture allegations

Recent events have made it increasingly clear that the UAE’s use of torture is not confined to isolated incidents. 

In June 2013 Alkarama, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch voiced fears about the use of systematic torture in state security facilities in the UAE.

 The organizations analysed correspondence from a number of defendants in the case of 94 peaceful political dissidents who were put on trial for trying to “overthrow
the government”.

 They concluded that the letters contained enough evidence to suggest that torture might be being systematically practiced at the facilities where the men were being held.

 Joe Stork, deputy Middle East director at Human Rights Watch, said: “Unless the government investigates and takes action, it will be hard to avoid concluding that
torture is routine practice in the UAE.” 

To date, the UAE has failed to take any action on this issue and at the date of writing 69 of the 94 defendants have been convicted without any meaningful investigation into their claims. 

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