Son of exiled Emirati political dissident Ahmed al-Nuaimi died on 5 November 2021, after being denied medical treatment abroad.
25-year-old Muhammad al-Nuaimi was denied joining his family in Britain and to receive adequate medical treatment there for being placed under a travel ban due to his father’s human rights activism.
Ahmed al-Nuaimi, a leading human rights advocate and a political activist, was recently added to the UAE terrorism list on vague and broad charges that violate his rights to free expression and association.
Ahmed al-Nuaimi belongs to the UAE 94 group who were put on mass trial in 2013, after signing a petition calling for greater democratic reforms.
He is a member of the Reform and Social Guidance Association (Al Islah), an association that had been operating in the UAE since 1974 but was banned by the authorities in March 2014.
Given that he was outside of the UAE during the UAE 94 trial, al-Nuaimi was tried and sentenced, in absentia, to 15 years in prison.
Muhammad remained in the UAE with his grandmother as he was unable to travel with his family at the time due to his difficult health situation.
A travel ban was later placed on Muhammed, preventing him from joining his family and receiving medical treatment in London.