Today Marks 365 Days but We Remain Hopeful as Salim’s Ordeal Draws International Concern

Announcement Date: August 27, 2015

 

Free Salim Alaradi Campaign

 

Press Release –August 27th, 2015

 

Today Marks 365 Days but We Remain Hopeful as Salim’s Ordeal Draws International Concern

Canadian Citizen Detained in UAE for 365 Days

 

The humanitarian case of Salim Alaradi, a Canadian citizen, detained and tortured in the UAE has reached 365 days of injustice. This week Salim’s ordeal has drawn international concern by media and human rights organizations including Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, AlKarama, International Civil Liberties Monitoring Group, International Coalition for Freedoms and Rights and others. The Guardian and other international media outlets have published Salim’s story.

 

Salim’s 365 days of arbitrary detention is not an isolated situation but is a highlight of the human rights violations taking place in the UAE.

 

Today our family has issued a statement online about Salim Alaradi’s detainment.  The statement highlights the following points:

  • 365 days have passed in which Salim has been detained by UAE State Security without any charges being offered
  • During the first six months of the detainment, our family was committed to remaining silent and allowing diplomatic channels and every possible means of resolution to be considered for this humanitarian case. Our silence was a form of respect for the many years we have peacefully lived in the UAE and our positive relationship with the UAE.
  • As clearly declared in our March 2015 family statement we call on the UAE authorities to consider for the health conditions of the detainees and release them immediately.
  • Salim Alaradi has serious medical conditions including chronic pain his teeth, malnutrition and weight loss, diabetes concerns, stomach pain and he requires an urgent back surgery. We hold the UAE authorities responsible for any risks or dangers to Salim’s life.
  • We call on the UAE Authorities to hold those responsible for torture of the 10 Libyan businessmen, including Mohamed Elaradi, accountable and bring them before the courts.

A week ago Salim’s brother, Mohamed Elaradi, who was detained for four months and then released, spoke out publicly for the first time at a human rights conference in the United Kingdom.  The testimony of his kidnapping, torture, extreme interrogations and deportation from the country has attracted international concern.

 

365 days of detainment without charges is a clear violation of Salim’s basic human rights.  The UAE Authorities should have charged him promptly after detaining him if there were any valid accusations.  At this point of time Salim should be released unconditionally and immediately and reunited with his family.

 

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

 

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

 

Background:

 

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]

 

For more details about the case please visit:

 

Campaign Website http://35.193.218.81/
Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/freesalimalaradi
Twitter Account https://twitter.com/freesalimaradi
Youtube Channel https://www.youtube.com/c/freesalimalaradi