Side event to expose UAE’s systematic torture policy against female detainees
A number of human rights organisations held a side-event at the Palais des Nations on the occasion of the 38th session of the Human Rights Council concerning the United Arab Emirates’ use of torture and other cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment against women detained in the country’s prisons.
During the event, a victim, whose name will be kept confidential, shared her experience of torture in UAE prisons.
She was imprisoned in 2016 and subject to physical and psychological abuse, interrogation, denial of medical facilities and shoved into overcrowded prison facilities. She currently suffers from PTSD in the aftermath of her experiences in prison.
The victim also describes prisoner of conscience Alia Abdulnour’s suffering in prison who she says was treated worse than any other prisoner. She was denied medical facilities, which is made worse by the fact that she suffers from cancer. She is beaten and abused by the prison authorities and has become weak and incapable.
The event was organised by COJEP International, International Centre for Justice and Human Rights (ICJHR) and the Arab Organisation for Human Rights UK (AOHR-UK).