WEB POLL

what do you think about the UPR recommendations to the United Arab Emirates?

Interesting recommendations
25%
I expected better
50%
I don't have an idea
25%
Total votes: 4
The voting for this poll has ended on: August 2, 2018

side event

Human Rights in the UAE under lights

Geneva, on March 19, 2015

On the sidelines of the 28th session of the Human Rights Council held in Geneva, a group of NGOs concerned by the defense of human rights, organized a Side-event on Human rights in United Arab Emirates on Thursday, March 19, 2015 at Palais des Nations in Geneva.

The aim of this meeting on the human rights situation in the UAE is to present the flagrant violations committed against prisoners of conscience and their relatives. It also mentions migrant workers and other vulnerable groups.

Ms. Safwa Aissa, the president of the International Center for Justice and Human Rights gave examples of repressive practices in the United Arab Emirates as cases of arbitrary detention, enforced disappearance of a number of Emiratis and foreign activists.

Ms. Safwa Aissa also touched upon the issue of Amer al-Shawa, who was detained by the Dubai Airport police upon arrival without any apparent reason or information about his whereabouts. These arrests are the episodes of a series of forced disappearances targeting activists and human rights defenders, which is made without respect for the rights of individuals and their families and violate their right to expression.

In the same way, Ms. Safwa Aissa focused on a daily suffering experienced by the families of the detainees whom were in a complete secrecy about their whereabouts or fate.

In addition, to the repressive practices of the authorities in the UAE's right of the wives of prisoners who are victims of administrative obstacles and discrimination because of the absence of their husbands. This situation is not conformed to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), which the UAE has ratified.

Ms. Safwa Aissa concluded by Aisha Hussein al-Jabri case, which the UAE’s authorities prevented complete university education only because she’s the daughter of political prisoner, Hussein al-Jabri, which is a flagrant violation of the rights of the child.

Ms. Nemar said that most of these persons were judged because they were the lawyers of the victims of violations, in the Country.

She also said that they followed these cases concerning the arbitrary arrest in 2013 (see the link in the website about the arbitrary detention of victims and violations of their rights).

She focused on two of several main situations in this area concerning the victims who don’t have judicial guarantees as a right to a fair trial and the use of evidences which doesn’t respect any legal procedure. Fundamental rights are always violated by this kind of arrest, which is arbitral.

According to her, the UAE’s Authorities used to organize conferences concerning their great efforts to fight against terrorism, in order to hide their real motivations and actions.

From their point of view, they act for their national security in the context of terrorism. However, there’s no justification for violations of human rights, like torture or enforced disappearance.

Ms. Nemar concluded that they need a real balance in their approach with national authorities and civil society. Fundamental rights of victims must be more respected. These States, which violate human rights, need to be criticized.

Mr. Omami talked about foreigners prisoners in Libya. He mentioned HRW and Amnesty International’ reports which focused on the UAE’s context.

He recognized that there were fears behind the economic success and terrorism war. Recent examples, Iraq, Syria and Libya show that. The situation is what we see now.

The public image, war against terrorism and economic success, seems to be fake when we know the real situation of individuals faced to national law.

He reminded us that, at least, ten arrests or enforced disappearances in the context of controversial judgments, and the methods used by UAE (police’s illegal acts, acts against international conventions).

He gave this example, when a Libyan citizen was arrested after a week, six days of arrest and torture. There were marks on his body when it was given to his family. Afterwards, no investigation was made.

He underlined several problems (no visit, no evidence, no judicial guarantees and families’ situations who can’t communicate with the prisoner).

For him, what is expected now from UN and the Human Rights Council is to take account of these problems and NGOs, international community and HR activists must act very earlier to avoid what happened in Benghazi.