(Beirut, October 1, 2021) – United Arab Emirates authorities are using Expo 2020 Dubai to promote a public image of openness that is at odds with the government's efforts to prevent scrutiny of its rampant systemic human rights violations, Human Rights Watch said today. Expo 2020 is a prominent global cultural event built on the free exchange of ideas.
Domestic critics are routinely arrested and, since at least 2015, UAE authorities have ignored or denied requests for access to the country by United Nations experts, human rights researchers, and critical academics and journalists. The government’s pervasive domestic surveillance has led to extensive self-censorship by UAE residents and UAE-based institutions; and stonewalling, censorship, and possible surveillance of the news media by the government.
THE WORLD EXPO IS UPON US!
THE UAE USES EVENTS LIKE THIS TO PORTRAY ITSELF...
...as a modern and tolerant country
To establish its reputation as a modern and tolerant country that welcomes all people from across the world.
BUT THE REALITY DOESN’T MATCH THE IMAGE
DON’T BE FOOLED BY THE UAE’S CALCULATED STRATEGY TO WHITEWASH ITS IMAGE