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Geneva, on April 17, 2019


The International Centre for Justice and Human Rights released its annual report on the situation of human rights in the United Arab Emirates to shed light on human rights violations committed in 2018.


Following its third review before the Human Rights Council in January 2018, the government of the UAE accepted 132 recommendations made by other states demanding that the UAE takes the necessary measures to address the human rights situation in the country. The ICJHR expressed concerns about the legal amendments made a few months after the review. Instead of addressing the restrictions on freedom of expression, the UAE amended the cybercrime law to increase the minimum sentence of five years for cybercrime offences up to 10 years. Given the broad application of this law, under which human rights defenders and bloggers were convicted, these new amendments constitute another step backwards in the protection of human rights.


The report also reminded the situation of prisoners of conscience arbitrarily detained for years at Al-Razeen prison and systematically subjected to inhuman and degrading treatment. Among these detainees, some have completed their jail terms and have been kept in custody in counselling at the end of their sentence. This practice, allegedly aiming at rehabilitating inmates who pose a terrorist threat, is clearly a way to get around procedural guarantees.


The ICJHR pointed out the poor detention conditions in Emirati detention facilities, especially at Al-Razeen, Al-Sadr, and Al-Wathba prison. Many reliable testimonies have described poor detention conditions in these prisons and a systematic use of torture and ill-treatment. Prisoners are held in overcrowded cells, and subjected, among other things, to humiliating body searches and exposed to extreme temperatures. Even family visits are not granted regularly and some inmates have been denied the right to attend the funerals of their parents.


The centre raised also the situation of women in custody. The voice recordings of three female detainees released in May 2018 provided NGOs with detailed information about the situation of women detained at Al-Wathba prison. The three women described also what they went through during their detention in a secret prison under torture and ill-treatment. One of these cases was particularly serious given that the victim, Alya Abdulnoor, has terminal cancer. The authorities have systematically refused to provide her with adequate medical care. Now that the tumour has spread to her entire body, they are refusing to release her and let her die among her relatives.


Lastly, to conclude the report, the ICJHR put forward a number of recommendations and called on the authorities of the UAE to address the systematic human rights abuses and put an end to the crackdown on human rights and freedoms.


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