Reports reveal UAE State Security Subjected Salim Alaradi to Inconceivable Torture

Announcement Date: October 7, 2015


Free Salim Alaradi Campaign

Press Release –October 8th, 2015


Reports reveal UAE State Security Subjected Salim Alaradi to Inconceivable Torture

Canadian Citizen Detained in UAE for 407 Days

A statement issued by the “The Libyan Association for Victims of Torture and Enforced Disappearance in the UAE” has confirmed that Salim Alaradi, a Canadian-Libyan citizen, held arbitrarily in a UAE prison has been subjected to inconceivable methods of tortured.

The statement alleges that the Libyan Ambassador, Aref Ali Nayed, to the UAE witnessed the torture marks and was informed of the crimes that took place during his visit to the Libyan victims. The Ambassador failed to inform the families and no action was taken to denounce these crimes committed by the UAE state security.

The statement also confirms that some detainees are experiencing life-threatening medical conditions. Our family believes that Salim is one of these.

“This information is shocking and devastating, it has changed matters for my family and I. We cannot afford to wait until after the elections for action to be taken. My father’s life is dependent on our government’s intervention. I am appealing to the Prime Minister himself to please safe my father’s life for the sake of my family,” says Marwa Alaradi, Salim’s eldest daughter.

Today the Independent has issued an article: “United Arab Emirates: Revealing the dark face of the Gulf state where human rights abuses are a daily occurrance.”  Bill Law unveils in this article that “behind the glittering facade, arrests, imprisonments and torture go largely unchallenged by countries keen to secure business deals.”

We continue to call on the Canadian government to intervene for Salim’s immediate release.

The statement is published on our website. Click here to read it.


Recent Media Coverage:

The Guardian – Canadian family campaigns for release of father detained and tortured in UAE

Russian Times – Family calls for release of Canadian who spent 363 days ‘detained & tortured’ in UAE

Huffington Post – Americans Jailed in UAE for a Year Without Charge

Alaraby – Tortured in the UAE, a story of two brothers

Globe & Mail – Groups call on Harper to intervene in case of Canadian held in UAE

CTV News – Teen fights for father’s freedom

The Middle East Eye– Daughter Struggles to Free Father in UAE Jail

CBC Toronoto Sun / The Star – Salim Alaradi’s family still pleads for his release from UAE

CBC The Current – Canadian detained in UAE without charge since August

Our Winsor  – Windsor family wants their father home as Ramadan ends

Windsor Star – Canadian Muslim spending Ramadan in Emirati prison without charge

Windsor Star – Windsor teen fighting for fathers freedom

Vice – Canadian teenager pleads for release of father detained in uae


Human Rights Organization Reports:

Amnesty Urgent Action – April 17 2015
Amnesty Urgent Action – September 24, 2014
HRW Report – October 5, 2014



Between August and September 2014 the UAE Authorities detained 10 foreign business men of Libyan nationality.  These 10 include two Canadians and two Americans. Many of the detainees have lived in the UAE for over two decades and have contributed to its business community and are highly respected.

The UAE Authorities would not share the whereabouts of the detainees with their families for several months. No charges have been made and reasons for the detainment have not been provided to families or to the Libyan and Canadian authorities.

Amnesty International has issued two Urgent Actions, most recently in March of 2015. Human Rights Watch has also issued a report.

Detainees have been denied legal counsel and their families are not able to engage lawyers until the detainees are placed into the judicial system. Human rights organizations have suggested the arrests are politically motivated to place pressure on the Libyan government in which the UAE government does not support.

Family and friends began their campaign in April through social media and have gained significant following and support from Canadians from across the country.  Over 2500 Canadians have signed an online petition calling for Salim’s release.



For more information contact the Alaradi family at [email protected]

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