HRW: Reality of Abuses Contradicts Tolerance Rhetoric

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) was responsible for serious human rights violations at home and abroad in 2020, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2021. The government held peaceful critics in jail, fostered labor abuses against low-paid migrant workers, and contributed to abuses abroad in Libya and Yemen. UAE prisons and detention centers hold detainees in dismal and …

HRW: Imprisoned Activist’s Health at Risk

The Emirati human rights defender Ahmed Mansoor’s health is at grave risk following more than three years in solitary confinement without basic necessities, Human Rights Watch and the Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR) said today. He is on the advisory boards of both organizations. Between December 2017 and March 2018, authorities took away his mattress and …

HRW: UAE: Woman Prisoner Reportedly Attempts Suicide

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Emirati authorities should immediately and transparently investigate the prison conditions of a 21-year-old imprisoned Emirati woman who is reported to have recently attempted suicide, Human Rights Watch said today. Sources close to the woman say that prison authorities subjected her and a second Emirati woman prisoner, 37, to solitary confinement for at least three weeks and …

United Arab Emirates: Open letter to the Emirati authorities to free human rights defender Ahmed Mansoor on his 50th Birthday

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The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has recently announced multiple projects promoting pluralism and tolerance both at home and abroad. 2019 has been declared the ‘Year of Tolerance’ and in 2020, Dubai will host the World Expo trade fair, under the theme ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future.’ Upon Dubai’s selection for this exhibition in 2013, Sheikh …

GIDHR marks Nelson Mandela Day and urge Gulf authorities to release and honor their prisoners of conscience

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The world celebrates on July 18 of every year the international day of the prominent African leader Nelson Mandela, who has spent his life in serving humanity, fighting for humanitarian issues and democracy and promoting a global culture of peace. On this occasion, the United Nations persistently calls on individuals around the world to reflect …