Petition Calls for Two U.S. Citizens' Release from UAE Jails
An online petition delivered to ambassador of the United Arab Emirates to the United States of America Yousef Al Otaiba calls for the release of two U.S. citizens imprisoned in UAE jails for 550 days.
Kamal Eldarat and his son, Momed Eldarat, are American citizens who were tortured and have been illegally imprisoned by the United Arab Emirates for more than 500 days.
In August 2014, UAE State Security detained Kamal and Momed in a round up of successful businessmen who had committed no crimes but for being men of Libyan descent living in the UAE at a time of extreme political unrest. After living in Davis, California, for decades, Kamal, Momed and their family moved from the U.S. to the UAE to pursue careers in the country’s fast-growing economy. At the time of their arrest, the two law-abiding businessmen had been working peacefully in the UAE for many years – Kamal in the retail and real estate industries, and Momed as the owner of a chain of Subway restaurants.
For three months after their arrest, Kamal and Momed were held without access to any form of external communication. Their family eventually learned that, during this incommunicado time, the two were regularly subjected to physical and psychological torture by their captors. They were forced under duress to sign “confessions” that they were not allowed to read, and were refused any contact with their family or legal counsel.
The UAE’s detainment and treatment of these two U.S. citizens violates both the UAE constitution and international law. We cannot allow other countries, particularly our allies, to imprison any American without just cause and a fair trial, and we do not condone the use of torture. The UAE must immediately release Kamal and Momed from this unlawful imprisonment and allow them to return home to their families.
We’re calling on Yousef Al Otaiba, the UAE Ambassador to the U.S., to honor his country’s relationship with the U.S. and facilitate an immediate and unconditional release of Kamal and Momed.
Kamal and Momed have broken no laws. But the UAE is continuing to move forward with a trial against these two American citizens based on fictional, politically motivated charges. If convicted, Kamal and Momed could face the death penalty in a trial that has no right to appeal
Human Rights organizations – including Human Rights Watch and Human Rights First – have both issued reports condemning the UAE’s detainment and abuse of Kamal and Momed. And a group of United Nations human rights experts have called on the UAE to immediately and unconditionally release the Eldarats, citing “credible information” that the men have been tortured during their detainment.
Kamal’s daughter Amal is leading the fight to save her family members (read her story here). She needs your help. Your support of this petition will tell UAE Ambassador Otaiba to facilitate the immediate release of Kamal and Momed.
Will you please sign to help us save Kamal and Momed?
Sign now: https://www.change.org/p/tell-uae-to-free-us-citizens-imprisoned-for-550...