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United Arab Emirates: Further information on fear of torture / fear of refoulement and new medical concern: Sheikh 'Abd al-Mun'im al-'Ali, 'Abd al-Jalil 'Ilwan

, رقم الوثيقة: MDE 25/002/1995

'Abd al-Jalil 'Ilwan was released around 20 August and deported to an Arab country, though not Iraq, as previously feared. Sheikh 'Abd al-Mun'im al-'Ali, a possible prisoner of conscience, remains in incommunicado detention. He was apparently hospitalized earlier this month. The reason for his hospitalization is not known. AI is calling for him to be allowed immediate access to his lawyer and relatives. AI is also seeking clarification of the reasons for his arrest and is calling for him not to be returned to Iraq, where he would be at risk of human rights violations.

EXTERNAL AI Index: MDE 25/02/95
31 August 1995
Further information on UA 60/95 (MDE 25/01/95, 31 August 1995) - Fear of torture
/ Fear of refoulement and new Medical concern
UNITED ARAB EMIRATESSheikh 'Abd al-Mun'im al-'Ali, Iraqi national
'Abd al-Jalil 'Ilwan
'Abd al-Jalil 'Ilwan was released around 20 August 1995 and deported to an
Arab country, though not Iraq as previously feared.
Sheikh 'Abd al-Mun'im al-'Ali, a possible prisoner of conscience, remains
in detention. Since his arrest in January 1995 he has reportedly been held
in incommunicado detention which increases the risk of torture or ill-treatment.
According to reports received by Amnesty International, he was taken to Abu
Dhabi Military Hospital earlier this month. Although the reason for his
hospitalisation is not known, he is known to have suffered from diabetes and
high blood pressure before his imprisonment. There remains a further concern
that he may be deported to Iraq, although the risk of this has diminished
following the deportation of 'Abd al-Jalil 'Ilwan to a third Arab country.
FURTHER RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams/telexes/faxes/airmail
letters in English or in your own language:
- calling for Sheikh 'Abd al-Mun'im al-'Ali to be allowed immediate access
to a lawyer and his relatives;
- seeking information on the reason for his hospitalisation;
- seeking clarification of the reason for his arrest and any charges brought
against him, together with any trial proceedings which may have taken place;
- seeking assurances that Sheikh 'Abd al-Mun'im al-'Ali will not be forcibly
returned to Iraq where he will be at risk of the death penalty or other human
rights violations.
APPEALS TO:
His Highness
al-Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan
President of the United Arab Emirates
Ruler of Abu Dhabi
Manhal Palace
PO Box 280
Abu Dhabi
The United Arab Emirates
Telexes: 22220 PALACE EM
Telegrams: President Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Salutation: Your Highness
His Excellency
Dr Abdulla bin Omran Taryam
Minister of Justice
Ministry of Justice
PO Box 753
Abu Dhabi
The United Arab Emirates
Faxes: +9712-664944
Telegrams: Justice Minister, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Salutation: Your Excellency
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His Excellency
General Dr Mohd Saeed al-Badi
Minister of Interior
Ministry of Interior
PO Box 398
Abu Dhabi
The United Arab Emirates
Faxes: +9712-461621
Telegrams: Interior Minister, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Salutation: Your Excellency
COPIES TO: diplomatic representatives of United Arab Emirates accredited to
your country.
PLEASE SEND APPEALS IMMEDIATELY. Check with the International Secretariat,
or your section office, if sending appeals after 22 October 1995.

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