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A US-based forum accuses the UAE of being involved in human rights abuses in Yemen

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A US-based forum accuses the UAE of being involved in human rights abuses in Yemen

Just Security, an online forum interested in the rigorous analysis of U.S. national security law and policy, acused in a press release issued Wednesday the United Arab Emirates (UAE) of being involved in human rights violations in Yemen.

The forum argued that "the UAE-backed forces are implicated in enforced disappearances and ill treatment of detainees in their ground operations."

Our interviews with several experts with on the ground information and our culling together of reliable open source materials provide a worrisome picture of a UAE military with the capacity to deal a heavy blow to al-Qaeda, but with separate aspirations of its own in Yemen, and reports of serious abuses in its detention operations, according to the forum.

The revelations of UAE detainee abuse should be especially concerning for the US and other international supporters, further heightening the legal risk for governments and their officials personally, and involving the US in a range of harmful and counterproductive practices that threaten to alienate the local Yemeni population, according to the press release.

Just Security raised alarm bells for "US officials who have come to rely on UAE intelligence about al-Qaeda, and should be concerned as to whether any information was obtained from these detainees."

Read full statement: https://www.justsecurity.org/40978/uae-key-partner-yemen-implicated-deta...

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