Death of Emirati Human Rights Activist Was NOT Deliberate

Published June 21st, 2021 - 06:32 GMT
Alaa Al-Siddiq
33-years old Alaa Al-Siddiq was announced dead following a car accident in London. (Twitter: @ALQST_En)

As soon as news of the sudden death of Emirati human rights activist Alaa Al-Siddiq was announced on Sunday morning, social media networks were flooded with statements mourning the young woman and wondering about the circumstances of her death.

According to ALQST for Human Rights, which was run by 33-years-old Alaa Al-Siddiq, Alaa was killed following a car crash that took place in London on Saturday, the 19th of June 2021.

Alaa had left the UAE almost a decade ago with her husband, relocating to Qatar in 2012 before moving to the UK, where she chaired the human rights NGO. She is also the daughter of Mohammad Al-Siddiq, a political dissident who has been in UAE jails since 2013.

Morning Alaa's loss, social media users remembered her pro-human rights stances, posting pictures of her taking part in demonstrations and protests during her time in the UK and extending condolences to her family.

While some users expressed their worry that she might be a victim of a deliberate hit-and-run accident related to her activism, a number of UK-based activists explained that the car crash involved a British family of a mother and young kid who were both injured during the accident, which rules out the deliberate accident assumption. This was also supported by a tweet posted by ALQST for Human Rights in which they cited police conclusion that "found no suggestion of foul play."

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