More than 200 Political Prisoners in UAE
Since March 2011, numerous local and international human rights centres have highlighted concerns over the ongoing human rights violations against Emirati activists who have been persecuted and convicted in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for peaceful exercise of their rights to freedom of expression and association.
The Emirates Centre for Studies has recently published a report detailing the number of political prisoners held illegally in UAE prisons and secret detention centres.
More than 200 political prisoners are currently held in UAE prisons from 13 different countries including: Palestine, Yemen, Libya, Jordan, Tunisia, Syria, Bahrain, Lebanon, and Egypt. Amongst the reported prisoners, there are 135 Emiratis including 69 political prisoners who have been convicted in a mass trial.