Alaa was the CEO of a UK-based non-profit organization that advocated for human rights in the Gulf.
Alaa al-Siddiq, a prominent dissident Emirati activist and rights critic, was killed in a car accident in London.
Alaa was the CEO of the UK-based ALQST, a non-profit organization that advocates for greater freedoms and human rights in the UAE and the wider Gulf region.
“With deep sadness, ALQST mourns the sudden death of its beloved and respected CEO Alaa Al-Siddiq on Saturday, June 19, 2021,” the group said in a tweet. “May he rest in power.”
His father, Mohammad al-Siddiq, is also a prominent activist who has been detained by the Emirati authorities since 2013.
The news of Alaa’a ( @alaa_q ) Passing is devastating!
Alaa is a human rights defender and daughter of a political prisoner detained in the United Arab Emirates since 2013.
Foul play or not (time will tell). Alaa lived and died for justice.
Justice will prevail.
Allah yer7amha 🤍 pic.twitter.com/cD4ijMHCgC
– Abrara (@Abrara_Rageh) June 20, 2021
اليوم رحلت عن هذه الدنيا الباحثة الإماراتية القديرة والأخت الصادقة المدافعة عن العدالة الأستاذة # آلاء_الصديق @alaa_q بينما يقبع والدها محمد الصديق في سجون الإمارات سيئة السمعة.
أسأل الله أن يتقبلها في الصالحين وأن يرزق أهلها وذويها ومحبيها الصبر والسلوان ، وأن يفرّج عن والده. pic.twitter.com/yAdrscdkq8
– د. عبدالله العودة (@aalodah) June 20, 2021
Today, the capable Emirati researcher and honest sister, Professor Alaa al-Siddiq, left this world, while her father, Mohammad al-Siddiq languishes in the famous prisons of the [United Arab] Emirates, ”wrote Saudi activist Abdullah al-Awda.
According to Doha News, Alaa and her husband sought asylum in Qatar in 2012, where they had been living with their relatives.
The activist’s presence in Qatar and Doha’s stance towards political activists at a time when the UAE was cracking down on dissenting voices, led to a rift between the two neighbors.
Alaa Al-Siddiq, Director of @ALQST_En, Died yesterday.
He spent most of his life fighting for his father’s release from prisons in the United Arab Emirates and for the rights of prisoners around the world. He never got to see his father’s release. Inna lilahi wa inna ilayhi rajiun. pic.twitter.com/e8n8HXuIRU
– Fatima said (@fatimazsaid) June 20, 2021
In 2018, Qatari Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al Thani said that a dispute between Qatar and the United Arab Emirates had taken place in 2015 regarding the wife of a political dissident.
Abu Dhabi had sent an envoy to Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani to request that the woman in question be handed over to the Emirati authorities, a request that was rejected by the Qatari ruler.
Although kept secret, Abdullah al-Athbah, editor-in-chief of Qatar’s al-Arab newspaper, later said that it was Alaa that the Emiratis were seeking to repatriate.
Unspeakable loss. @alaa_q, an avid researcher and freedom fighter, passed away today in London. He dedicated his life to defying the Emirati regime and fighting for the freedom of innocent prisoners. # آلاء_الصديق https://t.co/ZoU0WvSLZv
– Hussein Cheaito | حسين شعيتو (@ husseinch96) June 20, 2021
Heartbreaking news … Alaa Al-Siddiq, a veteran advocate who tirelessly advocated for the rights of prisoners of conscience in her home country, the United Arab Emirates, the Gulf and the region, died today in a car accident in London. .. # آلاء_الصديق # آلاء_الصديق https://t.co/JSxJHzIJYX
– Yasmine J. Hajar (@yasmine_hajar) June 20, 2021