Wednesday, 8 May 2019

Questions (85)

Seán Crowe

Question:

85. Deputy Seán Crowe asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if his attention has been drawn to the case of a person (details supplied); if he has raised the issue with his Emirati counterpart; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [18753/19]

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Written answers (Question to Foreign)

I am aware of the case raised by the Deputy, and I am increasingly worried about reports of the deteriorating health of the individual in question. Concerns have been raised by UN human rights experts, the European Parliament, and various human rights organisations, both regarding the fairness of the individual’s trial and reports of poor detention conditions.

This case is being monitored closely by the Irish Embassy in Abu Dhabi, in coordination with other EU Member States. The EU delegation in Abu Dhabi has raised the case directly with the UAE authorities on multiple occasions, and has sought updates regarding the status and health of the individual, and requested permission to visit the person.

It is unacceptable that anyone should be imprisoned for peacefully exercising their fundamental freedoms. Ireland continually advocates for freedom for civil society actors to operate in a safe and enabling environment, and Ireland urges all states to safeguard the human rights of prisoners and detainees.

My Department will continue to monitor this case and will continue to relay Ireland's human rights concerns to the UAE authorities, whenever opportunities arise.