Darren calls for independent inquiry into UAE death

MP for Bristol North West, Darren Jones signed a cross-party letter calling on the UAE to allow independent investigations into the death of a female prisoner from breast cancer.

The letter was published in the Guardian on 29th July and can be found here.

Darren said:

“I’ve signed a cross-party letter in The Guardian calling for an inquiry into Alia Abdulnoor’s death in UAE custody in May 2019. Diagnosed with breast cancer a month after her arrest in February 2017, she was denied adequate medical care until it was too late.

In the last months of her life, the UAE ignored calls from the UN to grant her early release on medical grounds. Instead, Alia died in inhumane conditions, shackled to a hospital bed, in a windowless room without ventilation.

As reported by many news outlets, after being denied a fair trial, Alia received a 10-year jail sentence for abetting al-Qaida-led terrorism. Many believe her arrest was linked to her support of Syrian people after the outbreak of the uprising, specifically her fundraising that sent money to Syrian women and children. Human rights groups have also commented that Alia’s statements may have been taken under torture and her trial was marred by due-process violations.

Alia’s case is not sadly isolated – for example, Ali Issa Ahmad, from Wolverhampton, recently brought a case to the UN alleging he was tortured while on holiday in the UAE for wearing a Qatari football shirt. British citizen, Matthew Hedges was also detained in solitary confinement in the UAE for seven months on allegations of spying, and has now lodged a complaint with the UN: https://www.theguardian.com/…/matt-hedges-uk-academic-accus…

A freedom of information response obtained by the Guardian revealed that between 2016 and 2018 more than 1,000 British citizens were arrested and detained in the UAE“.