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UAE: Reports of systematic torture in jails

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UAE: Reports of systematic torture in jails

This report portrays how the United Arab Emirates State security officers have subjected detainees to systematic mistreatment, including torture by showing hand-written letters from detainees smuggled out of jails, Alkarama, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch said today.

Furthermore, several detainees described mistreatment that clearly meets the definition of torture as outlined in article 1 of the United Nations Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, which the UAE ratified in July 2012.

“The UAE’s judicial system will lose all credibility if these allegations are swept under the carpet while the government’s critics are put behind bars,” said Joe Stork, deputy Middle East director at Human Rights Watch. “Unless the government investigates and takes action, it will be hard to avoid concluding that torture is routine practice in the UAE.”

Finally, Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International and Alkarama mark the International Day in Support of the Victims of Torture on June 26by calling on UAE authorities.

* Published on 27 June 2013 by Amnesty International 

To get a copy of the report kindly click here: http://www.amnestyusa.org/news/news-item/uae-reports-of-systematic-torture-in-jails

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