UN Mandates Raise Case of Canadian Citizen Salim Alaradi in the 31st Session of the Human Rights Council Agenda Item 4

Announcement Date: March 29, 2016


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Free Salim Alaradi Campaign

Urgent Update – March 29th 2016

UN Mandates Raise Case of Canadian Citizen Salim Alaradi in the 31st Session of the Human Rights Council Agenda Item 4
Canadian Citizen Detained in United Arab Emirates for 580 Days


The United Nations mandates published the case of Canadian citizen Salim Alaradi in their communications report submitted to the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) during the 31st Session as part of agenda no. 4 – human rights situations that require the Council’s attention.

The Special Rapporteurs of Torture, Independence of Judges and Lawyers, and Health raised the case of Alaradi and five other victims under ARE 4/2015 – Communications issues to the United Arab Emirates. They reported to members states of the HRC that:

“Alleged arbitrary detention, incommunicado detention, including in a secret detention location, torture and ill-treatment, and lack of due process guarantees of six foreign businessmen.

According to the information received, in August 2014, Mr. Salim Alaradi (was) arrested by State Security officials in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).They were subsequently kept in incommunicado detention for a prolonged period of time at a secret detention location and subjected to torture and ill-treatment… Serious concerns are raised about the physical and psychological integrity of the six individuals, as well as their health conditions.”

In a publicly released copy of the allegation letter sent by the special procedure groups to the UAE government, the Special Rapporteurs stated the following:

“We express our grave concern regarding the allegations of arbitrary arrest and detention, incommunicado detention and solitary confinement for prolonged periods, torture and ill-treatment, as well as extraction of confessions under torture of Mr. Salim Alaradi…and about the lack of respect for the most basic due process guarantees throughout their respective arrests and continued detention.”

“In light of the nationalities of the above-named victims, a copy of this letter will be shared with the governments of Libya, Canada and the United States of America.”

“Your Excellency’s Government’s response will be made available in a report to be presented to the Human Rights Council for its consideration.”

The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention published its opinion in February 2016 that the UAE could not demonstrate any legal basis justifying the arbitrary arrest and detainment of Alaradi. The Working Group confirmed that the burden rests with the UAE Government to produce the necessary proof that its actions are not in violation of international law and standards and that the UAE, in its response to the WGAD, did not present sufficient evidence to sustain its views. They further concluded that the international norms relating to a fair trial have been violated to such gravity that they have categorically concluded his detainment was arbitrary.

Unfortunately the UAE State Security has no interest to respect the law of the UAE nor any international standards for human rights and fair trials. The legal team is apprehensive that the replacement of the terrorism charges with charges of hostile actions towards Libya is an attempt to obstruct the judicial process and force a guilty verdict at any cost of Alaradi’s freedom and innocence.


We call on the Canadian government to intervene and to secure Alaradi immediate release and reunite Alaradi with his wife and children.

For comments about the UN investigation, WGAD opinion and Press Statement:

Ms. Amanda Flores, UN Human Rights Officer
T: + 41 22 917 9186
E: [email protected])

Ms. Sonia Cronin, UN Human Rights Officer
T: +41 22 917 9160
E: [email protected]


Opinion Pieces

Huffington Post – Dropping of Terrorism Charges or Obstruction of Charges?

Huffington Post – We Will Not Stop Until Our Father Comes Home

Rabble – Our friends the Gulf sheikhs and the case of Salim Alaradi

Middle East Eye – The UAE must free my brother, Salim Alaradi


Media Coverage

BBC World – UAE drops terrorism charges against Libyans

The Guardian – UAE drops terror charges against US and Canadian businessmen over Libya links

Middle East Eye – UAE drops terrorism charges against Libyan nationals

Vice News – Terror Charges Dropped Against Canadian Allegedly Tortured in the Emirates

Huffington Post – Salim Alaradi’s Terror Charges Dropped, Family Says

CBC – Canadian Salim Alaradi has terrorism charges dropped in U.A.E.

AP – Family: Charges in UAE against Canadian-Libyan man changed

Globe and Mail – Terror charges downgraded against Canadian man detained in UAE

Digital Journal – Canadian Libyan dual citizen has terrorism charges dropped in UAE

CNN Politics – Terror trial set to begin for U.S. citizens in United Arab Emirates

Human Rights First – Trial of U.S. Citizens Detained in UAE Resumes

The Globe and Mail – Trial resumes in UAE for Canadian alleging torture

The Washington Post – U.S. citizens tortured into confessing terrorist ties in the UAE, family says

The Guardian – UAE beat foreign prisoners and gave them electric shocks, evidence shows

The Washington Post – Americans tortured by American ally

The Guardian – Two Americans detained in UAE to go on trial after 505 days without charges

BBC – UN experts urge UAE to release Libyan detainees

Guardian – Businessmen held in UAE were tortured into confessions, says UN report

New York Times – UN Calls on UAE to Release 5 Libyans Allegedly Tortured

ABC News – UN Calls on UAE to Release 5 Libyans Allegedly Tortured

FOX News – UAE accused of torturing 5 detainees, including 2 Americans

Daily Mail – UN calls on UAE to release 5 Libyans allegedly tortured

Globe and Mail – Canadian businessman Salim Alaradi on trial in Abu Dhabi in terror case

La Presse – L’ONU demande aux Émirats arabes unis de libérer un détenu canadien

Reuters – UN experts condemn trial of foreign nationals in the UAE, call for release

CBC – United Nations calls for Canadian Salim Alaradi’s release from U.A.E.

Huffington Post – Salim Alaradi Case: UN Calls On United Arab Emirates To Release Detained Canadian

CTV – UN calls on U.A.E. to release detained Canadian

Toronto Sun – UN calls for release of Canadian detained in UAE for year and a half


Media Contacts

For further details about Salim Alaradi’s situation and the progress of the case in UAE:

Paul Champ, Human rights lawyer representing Salim Alaradi
T: (613) 237-2441
E: [email protected]

Greg Craig, Lawyer for US Nationals Kamal and Mohamed El Darat and former White House Counsel
T: +1.202.371.7400
E: [email protected]

Marwa Alaradi, Salim Alaradi’s eldest daughter
E: [email protected]

For comments about the case by international legal experts:

Geoffrey Robertson QC
T: + 44 (0) 7940 951731
E: [email protected]

Sue Willman, Deighton Pierce Glynn
T: +44 (0) 20 7407 0007
E: [email protected]

Andy Slaughter MP, Shadow Justice Minister
T: +44 (0)20 7610 1950
E: [email protected]

For further background about this case and related human rights concerns in UAE:

John Tackaberry, Media Officer, Amnesty International Canada
T: (613) 744-7667, extension 236
E: [email protected]

Monia Mazigh, National Coordinator-International Civil Liberties Monitoring Group
T: (613) 241-5298
E: [email protected]

Nicholas McGeehan, UAE researcher at Human Rights Watch
E: [email protected]

Drewery Dyke, UAE Researcher at Amnesty International
T: +44 (0) 75 3558 7297
E: [email protected]



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