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Enforced Disappearances, Incommunicado Detention, Groundless Deportation

(Beirut) – United Arab Emirates authorities have forcibly disappeared at least four Pakistani men since October 2020 and deported at least six others without explanation, apparently based solely on their religious background, Human Rights Watch said…
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Human Rights Violations at Home, Abroad

(Beirut) – The United Arab Emirates (UAE) was responsible for serious human rights violations at home and abroad in 2020, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2021. The government held peaceful critics in jail, fostered labor abuses…
Workers clean the exterior of the Museum of the Future, currently under construction, in Dubai on November 19, 2020.
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Vague Charges; Allegations of Abuse and Torture

(Beirut) – Iranian courts have reportedly issued or upheld at least four execution sentences since late June 2020 in connection to repeated protests against the deterioration of economic conditions and government corruption over the past two years,…
Iranian protesters gather around a burning car during a demonstration against an increase in gasoline prices in the capital Tehran, on November 16, 2019.
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No Access to Lawyer, Risk of Mistreatment

(Beirut) – Iranian authorities have detained two students from Sharif University in Tehran in solitary confinement for nearly two months, Human Rights Watch said today. The authorities should release the two students immediately – unless they can…
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Item 6 Universal Periodic Review

Thank you, Madam President We are particularly dismayed that Iran rejected a majority of the recommendations with regards to ratification of the core human rights treaties, in particular the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of…
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Use September 7 Meeting to Address Arbitrary Detentions, Disappearances, Abductions

(Beirut) – The Astana working group on detentions and abductions in the Syrian conflict should take immediate steps to address the Syrian government’s arbitrary detentions, torture of detainees, and enforced disappearances, 11 human…
Iran's President Hassan Rouhani, Russia's President Vladimir Putin, and Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan lock hands during a group photo in Ankara, Turkey, Wednesday, April 4, 2018. © 2018 Tolga Bozoglu/Pool Photo via AP
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Item 6 UPR Adoption

State after state called upon the UAE to better protect the right to free expression and to ensure that torture stopped during this year’s UPR review, yet the UAE continued its sustained assault on expression, speech and association, and directed proxy…
Ahmed Mansoor speaks to Reuters in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, November 30, 2011.
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(Beirut) – Lawless armed conflicts in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) morphed into disastrous trends for the region in 2017, Human Rights Watch said today in releasing its 2018 World Report. “Failed leadership, failed…
Smoke billows behind a building in the Yemeni capital Sanaa on December 3, 2017, during clashes between Houthi rebels and supporters of Yemeni ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh. © 2017 Getty Images
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29th session of the Universal Periodic Review, January 2018

Summary The United Arab Emirates has continued to violate human rights norms since its last Universal Periodic Review in 2012. This submission provides an update on the continued lack of adequate legal protections for migrant workers, women,…
Iranian workers rest on a commercial ship at Dubai Creek, January 17, 2016.
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Resolve ‘Disappearances’, Grant Access to Detention Sites

(Beirut) – The UAE supports Yemeni forces that have arbitrarily detained, forcibly disappeared, tortured, and abused dozens of people during security operations, Human Rights Watch said today. The UAE finances, arms, and trains these forces, which…
Hadrami elite forces guard Mukalla from Al-Qaeda by creating check-points.
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Council Cross-regional Civil Society Organizations in Support of United Nations Human Rights Council Resolution to Renew Mandate of Special Rapporteur in Iran

Your Excellency, We, the undersigned cross-regional group of human rights civil society organizations, call on your government to support the resolution renewing the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the…
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Renew Special Rapporteur’s Mandate

(Beirut) – The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) should renew the mandate of its special rapporteur on Iran, 34 human rights and other organizations said today in a letter to council member countries. The UNHRC is scheduled to vote on a…
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Iran’s judiciary claims it has no political prisoners. Human Rights Watch set out to prove them wrong. Researcher Faraz Sanei speaks with Amy Braunschweiger about the new Human Rights Watch report, who Iran is persecuting and why, and if President Hassan…
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Updated in September 2014

Summary Since Iran’s last Universal Periodic Review by the Human Rights Council in 2009, the government’s rights record and its level of cooperation with international rights institutions, particularly organs of the United Nations, has remained poor. Some…
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Support Resolution to Renew the Mandate of the Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in Iran

To: Member States of the Human Rights Council Your Excellency, We, the undersigned human rights and civil society groups, are writing to urge your government to support the resolution to renew the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of…
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Three Opposition Figures Detained for Almost Three Years Without Charge

(Beirut) – Three major opposition figures in Iran have been under house arrest or detention for 1,000 days with no charges against them, notwithstanding President Hassan Rouhani’s promise to release political prisoners, Human Rights Watch and the…