In a clear violation to human rights UAE authorities continue to conceal the whereabouts of Omnia Mohamed Alaboudly 33, and her sister Mouza 18 and brothers Mosaab 25 and Waleed 34 after they were abducted more than 4 weeks ago.
UAE security forces abducted 3 of the siblings on November 19th, 2015 without legal support and later arrested the fourth following his objection to the abductions. There are no charges and their only fault was their father a former political detainee who remained held in custody for 4 months because of his political views and support of the Muslim Brotherhood ideology.
Forces in civil dress stormed the Alaboudly residence at 11 pm and began searching the house without legal support. They later escorted the siblings out of the house and led them to an unknown destination without charge.
It is worth noting that the 4 detainees are the children of the late former Brigadier Mohamed Alaboudly retired UAE officer who was awarded medals by Sheikh Zayed ibn Nahyan and his regime. Alaboudly died in Syria where he had remained after refusing to return to the UAE.
This is not the firs incident of its kind; in February 2015, the UAE regime abducted 3 other siblings, Asmaa, Mariam and Alyazee after they were summoned by Abu Dhabi police. The three sisters had campaigned peacefully on-line with twitter posts for the release of their brother Eissa Al-Suwaidi, respected academic and General Secretary of the Red Crescent in UAE between 1996-1998. They remained in custody for 3 months before their release.
Nasser bin Gheith, an Emirati economist and lecturer at the Abu Dhabi branch of the Paris-Sorbonne University was also abducted and subjected to enforced disappearance in August 2015. He remained detained 3 months.
HRM renews its concern for the 4 siblings fearing for their safety. The three women, in particular, especially as Mouza made an appeal through a phone conversation on December 1st, 2015 and it is feared that they are at risk of ill-treatment and torture
HRM calls once again on the UAE authorities to promptly disclose where they are held, release them as soon as possible and take the necessary measures to hold all responsible for their disappearance accountable before law especially as the abduction is a violation to article 4 of the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance which states each State Party shall take the necessary measures to ensure that enforced disappearance constitutes an offence under its criminal law.
Furthermore HRM addresses the international community to intervene and take the proper steps and pressure the UAE authorities to disclose where they are held. It also calls for an international investigation to be opened and to hold accountable all accomplices responsible for the abductions which are an infringement to article 5 of the Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance which stipulates the widespread or systematic practice of enforced disappearance constitutes a crime against humanity as defined in applicable international law and shall attract the consequences provided for under such applicable international law.