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Encouraging Signs They Are Set to Take More Leading Role

Click to expand Image An Icelandic flag hangs outside a shop in…
An Icelandic flag hangs outside a shop in Reykjavik, October 27, 2016.

Evidence of US Complicity in Abuses by UAE and Yemeni Forces

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An Emirati and South Yemen flag painted in Yemen’s port city of Aden. By 2017, Emirati and South Yemen flags flew in many parts of Aden, which President Hadi declared the temporary capital of Yemen after Houthi-Saleh forces took over Sanaa in 2014.

UAE Event Kicks Off Amid Unrelenting Crackdown on Critics

The tenth anniversary of the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature kicks off in Dubai on March 3 and – like last year – I’m going to play the curmudgeon.
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Other Council of Europe Countries Should Back LGBT Rights

As of March 1, Finland will allow same-sex couples to marry, bringing to thirteen the number of European countries with marriage equality laws.Nils Muiznieks, the Council of Europe’s Commissioner for Human Rights, in a statement on February 21, affirmed…
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UAE Has Dismal Human Rights Record

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall will visit the United Arab Emirates on November 6, as representatives of the British government, and – mindful of the prince’s passion for conservation – their hosts have arranged for a trip to the Bu Tinah…
Britain's Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and her husband Prince Charles pose for a photograph at 'The Duchess of Cornwall Inn' in Poundbury, Britain October 27, 2016.
Seeking justice for the ongoing grave human rights abuses in Syria has proven largely elusive. Now the shield of impunity is beginning to crack.
 Several countries, including Sweden, Germany, and France are in the process of investigating some…
Syrian Man Carries Children After Barrel Bomb Attack

Children in Ghana Pay the Price

In the last decade, Dubai has become an important hub for the global gold trade. Around 40 percent of all gold traded on the international market flows through the “city of gold,” as Dubai likes to call itself. This week, gold refiners, traders, bankers,…
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The eighth edition of the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature drew to a close in Dubai last Saturday and provoked some debate among writers (see here and here and here) about the rights and wrongs of hosting a celebration of the written word in a…
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The fighting in Yemen over the past year has been unimaginably grim – yet has largely gone unnoticed.
 At least 2,000 civilians have been killed since March 2015, according to the United Nations human rights office – the majority of them in…
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Amidst the turmoil of the Middle East, the United Arab Emirates cultivates an image as a stable, center of modernity, symbolized by the gleaming peak of Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building. But down on the ground, among the construction sites that…
Today, the US State Department issued its annual trafficking in persons (TIP) report, examining what countries around the world are doing to stop trafficking and forced labor. The report provides fresh information on how migrant workers in the United Arab…
The UAE rulers’ faith in the primacy of image, allied to their disregard for fundamental human rights, is a combination that inevitably throws up the odd paradox. And so it is that as Dubai prepares to host an international film festival on Friday, five…