Human Rights Watch accused the UAE authorities of forcibly disappearing 4 Pakistani Shiites since October 2020, and of deporting 6 others without explanation; Based on their doctrinal background only apparently. She openly mocked the rule of law.
According to the organization; Emirati authorities released and deported the six immediately in October and November 2020, after they were also subjected to enforced disappearance and incommunicado detention for between 3 weeks and 5 months.
The organization indicated that all ten men are Shiite Muslims residing in the Emirates, and most of them lived in the country and worked in the country for many years as managers, sales employees, CEOs of small companies, workers and drivers. Among them, according to the organization, was a man who had lived and worked there for more than 40 years, and another was born and raised in the Emirates.
The organization pointed out that the UAE authorities did not file any charges against any of the six released men, but deported them summarily without giving them any opportunity to challenge their deportation.
“UAE security forces have routinely practiced enforced disappearances with complete impunity, leaving detainees and their families in panic, confusion and despair,” said Michael Page, deputy Middle East director at Human Rights Watch. It leaves anyone safe from serious abuse.”
The organization recalled that this was not the first time that the UAE authorities had arbitrarily targeted Shiite residents, including through arbitrary detention without charge and deportation without basis, noting that many reports indicated that the Emirati authorities had arbitrarily targeted Shiite residents, in times of increased regional tensions, whether they were Lebanese, Iraqis, Afghanis, Pakistanis, etc.