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Human Rights Watch on Tuesday (July 9, 2019) criticized the continued detention by UAE authorities of at least five Emirati activists despite the expiration of their sentences. "Men are still behind bars for counseling without a clear legal basis," the organization said in a statement on its website.

According to the organization, three of them were sentenced to three years 'imprisonment and the other two to five years' imprisonment on charges of state security "in the wake of what appear to be unfair trials in 2014 and 2016."

"The deprivation of liberty for many years after the end of their sentences shows gross contempt for the rule of law," said Michael Bigg, deputy director of the Middle East division of the organization.

The group said the five militants were still being held at Al-Rizeen Prison on charges of "terrorist risk", as stipulated in the UAE's anti-terrorism law of 2014, which appears to allow indefinite detention.

The organization demanded that the UAE authorities immediately clarify "whether the five people detained outside the original sentences face charges for a known criminal activity." "If so, they should be charged and brought to trial as soon as possible, and if not, the authorities should release them immediately."

(AFP)

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