United Arab Emirates

New cybercrime law severely restrictive, Al-Raisi appointed Interpol president despite CSO pushback

Civil society organisations denounce the UAE government’s adoption of a new anti-rumor and cybercrime law; Major General Ahmed Nasser Al-Raisi was elected President of the International Criminal Police Organisation (INTERPOL), in what poses a significant threat to human rights and civic freedoms in light of the Major General’s role in perpetrating torture as Inspector General of the United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) Interior Ministry. Read more

New cybercrime law severely restrictive, Al-Raisi appointed Interpol president despite CSO pushback

CSOs expose hypocrisy of the UAE's attempts to project a positive self-image at the Dubai Expo

In order to highlight the contradiction of promoting diversity of voices whilst UAE human rights defenders face trial and imprisonment for speaking their minds, on 14th October 2021, 28 human rights organisations launched the Alternative Human Rights Expo to “counter the narrative of “tolerance” and “openness” that the UAE claims to uphold and aims to feature at the Dubai Expo, and highlight the repression still happening in the country.” ; three human rights defenders and a researcher added to the government's terror list; Read more

CSOs expose hypocrisy of the UAE's attempts to project a positive self-image at the Dubai Expo

Human Rights Organisations Mourn the Loss of Human Rights Champions

The UAE has recently lost a human rights champion. On 19th June 2021, Emirati human rights defender Alaa Al-Siddiq, Executive Director of the human rights organisation ALQST and a Senior Researcher at Wejha Centre for Studies, died in a tragic car accident in the United Kingdom. Neither ALQST nor the police suspect any foul play. On 20th June 2021, ALQSTreleased a statement to mourn and pay tribute to “a friend, a colleague, and a sister to all of those around her” who “always did what she could to help others”. Read more

Human Rights Organisations Mourn the Loss of Human Rights Champions

Extensive report reveals new details of the gross human rights violations suffered by Ahmed Mansoor

New report reveals new details regarding the UAE authorities’ persecution of high-profile human rights defender Ahmed Mansoor; Human Rights Watch criticised the decision of a United Arab Emirates court to sentence a Jordanian resident of the UAE, Ahmed Etoum, to ten years in prison followed by deportation; Read more

Extensive report reveals new details of the gross human rights violations suffered by Ahmed Mansoor

Arbitrary detention, judicial harassment and unfair trials stifling expression

prisoner of conscience Mahmoud Al-Hosani remains in prison despite having been scheduled for release on 16th July 2019, after serving his full seven-year prison sentence; writer Youssef Khalifa Al-Youssef, was summoned by the State Security Department on charges of cooperation with an organisation that threatens state security ; Prisoner of conscience Fahd Abdul Qadir Al-Hajri who was due to be released from prison on 2nd March 2020 after serving a seven-year sentence, and his brother, Abdullah Al-Hajri, who was eligible for release on 16th July 2019 remain in prison despite expiry of their prison sentences Read more

Arbitrary detention, judicial harassment and unfair trials stifling expression

UAE continues relentless oppression of dissent despite proclamation of tolerance

Over 60 CSOs address an open letter to the Emirati authorities demanding respect for the right to freedom of expression by freeing all human rights defenders imprisoned for expressing themselves peacefully online, Human Rights Watch issues a report documenting the targeting by the state security apparatus of relatives of eight UAE dissidents; WhatsApp reveales that it had been the vehicle for spyware produced by the Israeli firm NSO Group that was used to target more than 100 human rights activists worldwide in April and May 2019, including in the UAE Read more

UAE continues relentless oppression of dissent despite proclamation of tolerance

HRD Osama Al-Najjar released but many others remain in detention past their release dates

Human rights defender Osama Al-Najjar, along with two other prisoners of conscience - Badr Al-Bahri and Othman Ibrahim Al-Shehhi, released from Al-Razeen prison, HRD Ahmed Mansoor remains in prison where he is held in conditions which violate international standards Read more

HRD Osama Al-Najjar released but many others remain in detention past their release dates

European Parliament condemns detention of Ahmed Mansoor & other HRDs

prominent HRD Ahmed Mansoor set to appeal his conviction, as the European Parliament condemns his detention Read more

European Parliament condemns detention of Ahmed Mansoor & other HRDs

Prominent human rights defender Ahmed Mansoor sentenced to ten years imprisonment

prominent HRD is sentenced for 10 years, while authorities arbitrarily arrest Omani at the request of Oman Read more

Prominent human rights defender Ahmed Mansoor sentenced to ten years imprisonment