Survivors of torture in the UAE have called on the international community to help to put an end to abuse in Emirati prisons. Activist groups including Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, and local NGOs say hundreds of people have fallen foul of authorities in the country and were subject to forced disappearances, beatings, electric shocks, and other forms of torture.
Those affected include Emirati citizens, as well as expatriate residents, who are often held for months without formal charge. Speaking at an event in the British parliament on Monday organised by the Arab Organisation for Human Rights in the UK (AOHR), businessman David Haigh said he continues to receive treatment for post-traumatic stress after two years in a UAE jail.
Haigh, who is the former managing director of Leeds United Football Club, had lived in Dubai for eight years when he was accused of fraud by the authorities, a charge he strenuously rejects.
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