Quarterly Briefing (October-December 2018)
During the last quarter of 2018 the UAE’s human rights record came under increased scrutiny with the imprisonment of British scholar Matthew Hedges on dubious espionage charges. Alongside this, prison conditions in Emirati jails continued to deteriorate, leading Nasser bin Ghaith to endure over 75 days on hunger strike.
The UAE continued to detain prisoners of conscience. The courts upheld the sentence of prominent rights activist Ahmed Mansoor - and refused to release Jordanian journalist Tayseer al-Najjar, despite the completion of his three-year prison sentence.
Furthermore, sustained disregard for human rights in the Gulf state led the EU Parliament to adopt a resolution calling for an export ban of spyware technologies to the UAE.