Amnesty Criticizes Human Rights Violations’ Record In The UAE
Amnesty International has criticized the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for it's dire human rights record, describing it as an oppressive state. The statement coincided with the 7th anniversary of the verdict in the grossly unfair “UAE 94" mass trial of 94 peaceful government critics, who continue to languish in prison.
“The UAE has refused to acknowledge any official Amnesty correspondence for years now, whether we are asking them to stop killing people in Yemen or asking for their official comment on our findings before publication. This is not what an open country looks like,” Amnesty wrote in Twitter.
Many international human rights organizations have previously documented serious violations of due process and fair trial guarantees in the Emirates, especially in cases related to state security, as well as torture in prisons.
These violations include arrests, arbitrary detention, torture and ill-treatment in state security facilities, but Abu Dhabi refuses to respond to the reports of these organizations, while its media and official institutions claim to be a tolerant state.
Last week, human rights platforms and activists inside and outside the UAE remarked upon the 7th anniversary of the trial of a group of Emiratis in the case known as “UAE 94”, against the backdrop of charges related to freedom of opinion and expression, amid widespread condemnation of Abu Dhabi’s arbitrariness and violations.