• 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.
  • United Arab Emirates authorities are failing to respond adequately to reports of domestic violence. The UAE should revise its laws to recognize domestic violence as a crime, and take immediate steps to prevent abuse and punish those responsible for domestic violence.

Reports

  • Abuse and Exploitation of Female Migrant Domestic Workers in the United Arab Emirates
  • A Progress Report on Institutional Commitments to Address Abuses of Migrant Workers on Abu Dhabi’s Saadiyat Island
  • Protection of Migrant Domestic Workers in Asia and the Middle East

United Arab Emirates

  • Oct 23, 2014
  • Oct 23, 2014
  • Oct 22, 2014
    Migrant domestic workers in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are beaten, exploited, and trapped in forced labor situations, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The UAE government, about to take up an influential new role in the International Labour Organization (ILO), has failed to adequately protect female domestic workers – many of them from the Philippines – from abuse by employers and recruiters.
  • Oct 5, 2014
    United Arab Emirates (UAE) authorities should immediately reveal the whereabouts of ten detained Libyans, at least two of whom authorities appear to have forcibly disappeared, and six Emiratis.
  • Aug 4, 2014
    United Arab Emirates authorities are failing to respond adequately to reports of domestic violence. The UAE should revise its laws to recognize domestic violence as a crime, and take immediate steps to prevent abuse and punish those responsible for domestic violence.
  • Jun 20, 2014
  • May 2, 2014
    King Juan Carlos is visiting Kuwait and Bahrain this week, after Abu Dhabi and Qatar two weeks ago in a series of visits to the gulf region that will also take him to Oman and Saudi Arabia over the next two months. He is traveling with a high-level delegation that includes the ministers of foreign affairs, transport, defense and energy, as well as the heads of some of Spain’s biggest companies.
  • Apr 26, 2014
    Vague provisions of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) joint security agreement raise concerns. Member countries could use the agreement to suppress free expression and undermine privacy rights of citizens and residents.
  • 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.