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Rights teams slam UAE official’s Interpol president candidacy

UAE inside ministry official Ahmed al-Raisi has been accused of the torture and ill-treatment of prisoners.

The candidacy of a United Arab Emirates official for president of Interpol might jeopardise the credibility of the worldwide police organisation’s dedication to human rights, Human Rights Watch (HRW) and the Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR) have mentioned.

Ahmed al-Raisi has been the inspector normal on the UAE Inside Ministry since April 2015 and is a member of Interpol’s govt committee.

“Normal al-Raisi’s choice as Interpol president would point out that Interpol’s member states haven’t any concern by any means in regards to the document of the UAE in persecuting peaceable critics,” GCHR govt director Khalid Ibrahim mentioned in a joint assertion with HRW on Wednesday.

“His candidacy is one more bid by the UAE to buy worldwide respectability and whitewash its deplorable human rights document,” he added.

Joe Stork, deputy Center East director at HRW, mentioned selecting a prime official of an “abusive state establishment as its president, Interpol dangers jeopardising its credibility as a rights-respecting worldwide legislation enforcement company”.

Al-Raisi was accused final 12 months of being liable for the torture of a British educational and a soccer fan.

Matthew Hedges, a British postgraduate pupil, claimed he was fed a cocktail of medicine throughout his imprisonment in Dubai on spying fees in 2018.

He spent practically seven months in a detention centre – largely in solitary confinement – within the UAE after being arrested throughout a analysis journey on suspicion of being a spy for a British intelligence company.

Al-Raisi is accountable for organising and managing the safety and police forces within the UAE, and “was finally liable for my torture and detention”, Hedges mentioned.

On Wednesday, an announcement by Carter-Ruck Solicitors mentioned Hedges was claiming damages towards 4 Emirati officers – together with al-Raisi – for assault, false imprisonment and the intentional infliction of psychiatric damage which allegedly occurred in the course of the course of his detention in Abu Dhabi.

In March 2020, UN human rights specialists urged the UAE to reform detention situations within the Gulf nation which it mentioned amounted to “torture or merciless, inhuman or degrading therapy or punishment”.

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