• The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has continued to crack down on freedom of expression and association. The authorities arbitrarily detained scores of individuals they suspected of links to domestic and international Islamist groups. Court convicted dissidents after unfair trials. The UAE made no reforms to a system that facilitates the forced labor of migrant workers. Plans to ameliorate conditions for female domestic workers fell short of the standards outlined in the convention on domestic workers that the International Labor Organization (ILO) adopted in 2012.
  • The United Arab Emirates (UAE) continues to crack down on freedom of expression and association. The authorities are arbitrarily detaining scores of individuals they suspect of links to domestic and international Islamist groups. A court convicted 69 dissidents in July after a manifestly unfair trial, in which evidence emerged of systematic torture at state security facilities. The UAE made no reforms to a system that facilitates the forced labor of migrant workers. Plans to ameliorate conditions for female domestic workers fall short of the standards outlined in the convention on domestic workers that the International Labour Organization (ILO) adopted in 2012.

Reports

United Arab Emirates

  • Mar 7, 2014
    The United Arab Emirates wants visa-free travel to the EU, but is denying dissidents a chance to travel, says Nicholas McGeehan of Human Rights Watch.
  • Jan 24, 2014
    United Arab Emirates (UAE) authorities refused to allow Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East and North Africa director, to enter the country on January 24, 2014, for a planned two-day visit to Dubai. The move followed the country’s forced cancellation on January 23 of a Human Rights Watch news conference to release its annual World Report 2014 in the UAE. Whitson has traveled to the UAE on numerous occasions.
  • Jan 23, 2014
    The United Arab Emirates (UAE) in 2013 stifled free expression, and subjected dissidents to manifestly unfair trials marred by credible allegations of torture, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2014.
  • Jan 22, 2014
    Staff at a Dubai hotel informed Human Rights Watch today that they had cancelled a reservation for a January 23, 2014 news conference to release the Human Rights WatchWorld Report 2014 in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Hotel staff said Human Rights Watch needed a government permit for the event
  • Dec 18, 2013
    The South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) should leverage their countries’ collective bargaining power to seek greater protection for their nationals working in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries.
  • Dec 17, 2013
    We are writing to you in advance of International Migrants Day, December 18, to draw your attention to the abuse and exploitation of workers from India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, and Bangladesh in the six Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries—Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Oman, and Kuwait.
  • Dec 3, 2013
  • Nov 28, 2013
    With the holiday season fast approaching, many people will be shopping for jewellery gifts. This is a good moment to ask whether the necklaces, rings, and earrings that will be given to loved ones this festive season have been produced responsibly.
  • Nov 26, 2013
  • Nov 17, 2013
    Countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) should bring their national laws on domestic workers up to the standards set by the International Labour Organization (ILO) Domestic Workers Convention. All six countries should ratify the international treaty promptly.