السبت، 21 أبريل 2012

Urgent: UAE: Arrest of Sheikh Dr. Sultan Al Qasimi, the Chairman of Islah

Today, Friday 20th of April 2012, the United Arab Emirates Security Authorities arrested Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Kayed Al Qasimi, in Ras Al Khahima, without an arrest warrant.
Dr. Sultan is the cousin of the Rular of Ras Al Khaimah and the Chairman of the Islah Association in UAE. He is considered as one of the highest figures that the security authorities in the countries arrest. It's believed that his arrest is due to his position as the Chariman of the Islah association, which many of its members were detained lately in UAE after revoking the citizenship of some of them.

الخميس، 12 أبريل 2012

Lawyer of the Seven Detainees: Stripping of Nationalities Unconstitutional

A lawyer for the six Islamist activists, the UAE authorities stripped their citizenships last year for demanding political reform, said that the Emirates arrested on Monday.
The United Arab Emirates, a major oil exporter, avoided popular uprisings that toppled the heads of four Arab countries since last year, partly due to its system of social welfare, thuogh did not appear little tolerance to opposition at home.
Prison sentences issued against activists demanding the expansion of powers of an elected council. Meanwhile, The UAE canceled in December the nationality of six citizens describing them a threat to UAE national security.

Detention of UAE Citizens whose nationalities withdrawn later

The UAE nationals, exposed to the security decree that cancelled their nationalities, have been called to the headquarters of the Department of Immigration and Citizenship. There, they were asked to sign a paper requires them to search for another nationality because of the security allegation that their presence in the country is illegal and all will be arrested.
The six citizens rejected to sign this pledge because no formal decision issued regarding the cancellation of their nationalities.
Thereafter, officials in the department decided to arrest the six men and put them in the prison of Al-Shahama.
To read more about those citizens:

الاثنين، 2 أبريل 2012

UAE Youth and the State Security Service – analytical view

Twitter has been the field of unprecedented movement by UAE youth who face violations of the State Security Service in the UAE. We have with this movement some comments as follows:
First, the mediator in the Gulf issues finds that the youth of the UAE, in particular, were able to expose the practices and violations of Security service of UAE- which take the methods of the Security services in Egypt and Tunisia. The talk about freedom, rights, justice, dignity and being free from the security grip are the goals of the UAE youth that shows that dignity is not just services to be provided to the citizens but it is deeper than this, as it is represented in the rights of citizenship.

A view in the UAE Nationality Law

December 29, 2011
A widespread debate has been stated extensively regarding the validity of the decision to withdraw or drop the nationality of the UAE seven citizens. The ongoing dispute is not on the legal materials contained in the Nationality Law and UAE passports. But it is concentrating on the interpretation of these materials and their applicability to the current cases as well as lack of awareness of many of the non-professionals of the importance of required procedures for the implementation of any law, and that the lack of application of these procedures gradually with proper and ways dates, and provided by the law itself, makes it imperative to occur in the category of invalidity, and makes it subject to be appealed. Thus the decision becomes as it was released due to wrong procedures.

For the dignity of the citizen

Doctor: Sultan Bin Kayed Al Qassimi
I only want reform and beg only Allah for help
In Him I trust and unto Him I turn
These days, the UAE is witnessing an unprecedented, intellectual juridical and dynamic movement, since the release of a decree to drop the nationality of six citizens of the UAE, and the seventh one was before them. Those seven citizens were known for their service to their country and advocates of social reform. The most prominent stage which illustrates this movement is the online arena, which became the default Tahrir Square for the youth of UAE to defend their civil rights. The movement is divided into two opposing forces on two fronts; one of them views the inadmissibility of withdrawing the citizenship from these seven. This front is led by a group of people from various intellectual spectrums, including the seven of reform advocates. The second front view that it is a must to comply fully with the decree and that those seven deserve this punishment, even if it is too tough. This front is led by a group of the state security apparatus, especially those who are responsible for the fight against the intellectual streams in society.

Emirates ....... from the state security service to the security of the nation!

Dr. Mohammed Abdul Karim al-Amiri
UAE Ambassador
Few weeks ago, our beloved UAE completed the fourth decade of its glorious union. It may be a short period in the reconstruction of countries, but if it was measured by its achievements, it would be really very long. Its regime has succeeded in performing a lot of achievements, ranging from the political unification of its entities to the outstanding success of building up the Emirati people and their welfare. The ruling families have provided UAE citizens a unified country and began the process of building up their country voluntarily and not based on any popular pressure or claims. These achievements come to strengthen the cohesion between the historical rulers of the country and their fellow citizens that has been established over hundreds of years. We would like to alert the supervisors to the state security service that this national heritage of those rulers is being subjected to systematic distortion due to the practices of some employees of the security service. Some of those who are affiliated to this device security have invested the security risks that threatened the world in recent years to control all aspects of the state and its internal and external institutions. Consequently, it is undoubtedly a great risk threatening the safety of the country and its social security. These risks are doubled and increased if we realize that the security agency exercises its activity based on false premise regarding the nature and the fact of danger that threatens our homeland. As a matter of fact, continuation of these practices will jeopardize our country rather than protecting it. Also, these policies will make the UAE more vulnerable to external risks.

You are not Diaky, dear advocates of reform!

By: Ibrahim bin Omar Al Sakran
When I recognized this painful comparison, I said to myself: “Your problem is that you are not Diaky, advocates of reform!”
Praise be to Allah, and then,
The jurist Sheikh Muhammad Abd Al-Razzaq Al-Siddiq (a member of the World Association of Muslim Scholars and a member of the Islamic Banking Committees), the renowned scholar Dr. Ali Al Hammadi (Head of Center of Creative Thinking), and their fellow brothers Dr. Shaheen Al Hosni (specialist in library science), and Hassan Al Jabri (specialist in charitable work), and Hussein Al Jabri (educational expert), and Ibrahim Al Marzouqi (educational expert), this group are Emirate effective actors, and they are members of the Association of Reform and Social Guidance in the UAE, an official big association headed by Sheikh Sultan Bin Kayed Al Qassimi, and it is the most powerful institutions for advocacy in the UAE. Some of these actors (Siddiqui, Al Hammadi and Al Hosni) participated in signing a letter to Sheikh Khalifa in March 2011, calling him for carrying out fundamental political reforms related to the expansion of popular participation.

Withdrawal of nationality: security folly or state policy?!

By: Jassem Rashed Al Shamsi
Posted on 29 December 2011
Withdrawal of nationality: security folly or state policy?!
It is a bad news, circulated on social networks, some satellite channels, and asserted later by an official statement issued by the General Department for Naturalization and Residence and Ports, that the nationality of "six" citizens was withdrawn. Some web sites reported that they are seven citizens, as the statement did not contain Ahmed Ghaith Al Suwaidi, an Islamist activist.