Video: UAE continues to refuse to grant the release of Alia Abdel Nour on health grounds
The UAE authorities continue to deny the Emirati prisoner Alia Abdul Nour, 40, age access to the appropriate medical treatment since her arrest on 28 July 2015.
Alia, who is suffering from cancer, was arrested and taken from her family home for unknown reasons and held in solitary confinement for almost four months, where she was subjected to daily investigation and severe torture.
In December 2015, she was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment for allegedly contacting “terrorist groups” on social media.
Alia was moved to Wathba prison where she was denied family or lawyer visits for two months.
After a whole year, she was transferred to a government hospital as her cancer spread and her health deteriorated rapidly due to her unbearable detention conditions.
In hospital, Alia has been only receiving pain killers with no medical treatment for her chronic disease.
On October 30, 2017, the Crown Prince's Office informed the family of his refusal to apply for the release of Alia. The family had presented the request for her release on health grounds on October 17, 2017.
In a phone call with her family on October 29, 2017, from her place of detention in al-Mafraq Hospital in Abu Dhabi (which AOHR UK was able to get a copy of), Alia said “I have a very tight feeling in my chest. They are provoking me, for no reason! They want me to create problems – they want nothing but problems! I have to debase myself to get my most basic rights, and I do not want anything. All I want is to contact you.”