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The UAE’s torture in the shadows

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As the world’s media has once again picked up on the story of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman’s involvement in the brutal murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, another story is receiving scant attention. Alya Abdulnoor is a young Emirati woman who was arrested in July 2015 and eventually charged with financing international terrorist groups, though the only evidence presented was a record of websites she had visited. Abdulnoor was not politically active; she was concerned about the impact of the civil war in Syria on women and children and had been collecting donations on their behalf.

When she was arrested, Abdulnoor was already suffering from cancer. She was detained in an unknown place for four months, according to the Geneva based International Centre for Justice and Human Rights (ICJHR). She was subjected to torture and forced to sign a false confession which was used to convict her. This is standard practice in the UAE; it was used against the acclaimed human rights activist Ahmed Mansoor and the noted academic Dr Nasser Bin Ghaith, as well as dozens of other political........

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