A report by the American “Inside Arabia” website revealed the details of the miserable human rights situation in the Emirates, which both indigenous and expatriate citizens suffer.
The UAE is the worst criminal country in the world
وقال American siteConceptually, the UAE is considered one of the worst criminal countries in the world, when it comes to human rights violations.
The US report added: “There are increasing signs that the international community is impatient. The United Nations now joins human rights organizations in calling for Abu Dhabi to stop the crackdown on human rights activists and government critics.
Last week, the UN Special Rapporteur, Marie Lalor, urged the UAE to release 3 human rights defenders. Human Rights are serving a 10-year prison sentence for their public criticism of the government. Among other charges.
She mentioned 3 men in particular, including the award-winning poet Ahmed Mansour, saying they had been mistreated. Treatment under conditions that may amount to torture.
“Muhammad Al-Roken, Ahmed Mansour and Nasser Bin Ghaith were not only convicted and imprisoned for their nonviolent calls,” said Lawlor. In order to respect human rights in the UAE, they were subjected to ill-treatment in prison.
She added, “The reports I have received indicate that these human rights defenders are subjected to conditions and treatment. Like prolonged solitary confinement, it violates human rights standards and may constitute torture.
Shocking report of an international organization
This comes less than a month after Human Rights Watch published a report condemning the 51-year-old Mansour prison. Who was arrested in 2017.
The government claims that he is accused of “insulting the status of the UAE and its symbols, including its leaders,” and “seeking to harm the UAE’s relationship. With its neighbors by spreading false reports and information on social media.
According to the American report, Mansour Al-Shaer, a human rights defender, was arrested from his home at midnight.
The report adds: “He was put in an SUV by 12 Emirati men wearing black masks, and they took him to an undisclosed location.”
According to the report, Mansour was tortured and denied access to his family and his personal lawyer, in violation of international law.
He added, “After a full year of his arrest, he appeared in court and was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment and a fine of 275,000. US dollars, after being found guilty under anti-terrorism laws.
The report continued: “What is his actual crime? Posting a tweet criticizing the UAE government for suppressing freedom of opinion and expression.
He continued, “He was eventually convicted and imprisoned, like others, under the recently enforced strict cybercrime laws. Which aims to crush any popular uprising that might threaten the regime. Like the ones that brought down and threatened other monarchies and dictatorships in the region during the Arab Spring.
An ambivalent image
“Reflects,” said Joe Stork, deputy director of the Middle East and North Africa division at Human Rights Watch. The UAE cybercrime decree is an attempt to ban even nuisance criticism.
“The determination to monitor and punish online dissidents, no matter how moderate, does not match the picture,” he continues. Which the rulers of the Emirates are trying to promote about a progressive and tolerant country.
“Mansour” is being held in “Al-Sadr” prison, where he was held in a cell measuring only 4 square meters without a mattress. Or taking a shower, drinking water, or even seeing sunlight.
According to the UN Special Rapporteur, “This is a far cry from the image that the UAE loves to display to the world.”
Billions of dollars
According to the report, the UAE spends billions of dollars every year to promote itself as a modern and western gateway in the Middle East, to the point. It’s when foreign tourists think of Dubai. They think of fancy hotels, and huge swimming pools. High-end stores, ski slopes, extravagant mansions and villas, and world-class golf courses.
But in the end, no amount of money or attractive tourism campaigns can eliminate the abuse. Harsh human rights activists, such as “Mansour”, and millions of foreign immigrants.
He continued: “As the spotlight increases on the UAE, the international community will think about its crackdown on human rights activists. Not the 7-star “Burj Al Arab” hotel; By her sexual enslavement of a foreign woman, and not by “Burj Khalifa”. And its foreign policy, which has caused human disasters in Yemen and Libya, not in the “Mall of the Emirates”.
The report continued: “Because of the growing frustration with the rulers of the Emirates, human rights organizations describe the country as the home of“ modern-day slavery ”.
“Migrant workers make up 90% of the country’s population of 10 million, and most of them have been lured. From poor countries through unfair recruitment agencies.
“Domestic workers are particularly vulnerable, as tens of thousands are forced into sexual slavery every year. This is according to a report issued by “Americans for Democracy and Human Rights” in Bahrain.
Emirati violations outside the borders
Pressure is mounting on the UAE in response to violations of human rights and international law committed outside its borders. Including Yemen, where UN investigators accused it of deliberately targeting civilians, financing mercenaries and torturing detainees, according to the American report.
According to the report, in December, a group of British lawyers filed a case with the United Nations. Accused the rulers of the Emirates and Saudi By “being directly involved in war crimes in Yemen.”
The authorities in Britain, the United States and Turkey have called for the arrest of senior officials in the UAE government, according to the report.
He added, “The United Nations has also opened an investigation against the UAE in response to allegations that it has hired and deployed foreign mercenaries. In Libya, to overthrow the internationally recognized government. In clear violation of international law and the arms embargo imposed by the United Nations.
Emirates supports mercenaries
According to the report, last year, two human rights organizations presented evidence at the 45th session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva. However, the UAE hired thousands of mercenaries to carry out high-profile assassinations to enhance its geopolitical ambitions in the Middle East.
Human Rights Watch confirmed this claim, and found that the UAE government set up a private company in 2019 to recruit. More than 390 Sudanese. All of them were tricked into believing that they would work as security guards in hotels and malls in Dubai.
Instead, they were landed by force in the middle of the Libyan civil war to protect the oil fields that General Khalifa Haftar had seized.
Despite these documented crimes, the UAE escaped the kind of condemnation and scrutiny that annoyed, in similar cases. Other Western allies in the Middle East, including from Saudi Arabia and Israel.
He continued, “There were no widespread calls to boycott the Emirates, which host international sporting or cultural events.”
“I have become the host of the European rounds in golf and tennis tournaments, along with unobstructed rugby and cricket tournaments.”
The report continued: “However, this period that has passed without accountability may come to an end, as the international community becomes aware. Increasingly the way the rulers of the Emirates have benefited from human misery and bloodshed. With their crushing of those who dare to speak against them ”.
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