The World – UAE
Activist Abdullah Al-Tawil said on his Twitter account, “The Emirati people are the most Arab peoples who have practiced the mentality of ignorance and the policy of Westernization.”
Al-Taweel added that the Emirati people “are the ones who have been subjected to the most security repression and submission to the government!”
He stated that the choice of the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, the de facto ruler of the UAE, Mohammed bin Zayed, for his advisers was not a coincidence.
“Rather, it was in order to reach the moment to replace the Arab state with the Western, when the citizen’s voice was suffocated,” he added.
The international human rights organization, Human Rights Watch, said that the reality of violations in the UAE contradicts rhetoric of tolerance.
The organization highlighted in its annual report the human rights violations committed by the UAE inside and outside the country.
The organization stated that the UAE “is responsible for serious human rights violations at home and abroad during the year 2020.”
“The UAE has imprisoned peaceful critics and encouraged labor abuses against low-paid migrant workers,” she said.
She added that the UAE “has contributed to violations outside its borders in Libya and Yemen.”
According to Human Rights Watch, Emirati prisons and detention centers are held in miserable and unsanitary conditions.
Overcrowding and denial of health care prevail, which exposes detainees to an increased risk of dangerous consequences of infection with the “Corona” virus.
On June 10, Human Rights Watch published a report on the prison administration’s inadequate response to the coronavirus outbreak in at least three detention facilities.
Prisoners in the UAE with HIV are denied access to life-saving medicines, and Corona poses a greater danger to them than others.
The repeated calls directed at the Emirati authorities to open prisons and detention centers to independent international observers have gone unanswered.
“Emirati authorities are detaining peaceful critics on unfounded charges, while the coronavirus outbreak is putting the lives of vulnerable detainees at increased risk in abusive detention centers,” said Michael Page, deputy director of the Middle East and North Africa division at Human Rights Watch.
“Although the UAE presents itself as an open country that respects rights, amid mounting allegations,” he added [ضدها] Committing serious violations, they prevent independent international observers from inspecting prisons and detention centers ”.
The international organization highlighted that people in the UAE are subjected to arbitrary and incommunicado detention, as well as torture and ill-treatment, prolonged solitary confinement, and denial of access to legal aid, especially in cases related to state security.
Human rights defender Ahmed Mansour has been in solitary confinement for more than three years after his arrest in March 2017.
The UAE supplied Libya with weapons, and at times carried out airstrikes and drone strikes, some of which killed and injured civilians.
The UAE supports the armed group known as the “Libyan Arab Armed Forces” led by Khalifa Haftar.
In Yemen, Yemeni armed forces and groups backed by the UAE committed atrocious crimes.
Violations at work continue to be protected by the exploitative sponsorship system under which employers control the presence of migrant workers in the UAE.
Low-paid migrant workers in particular face serious violations, the most common of which is non-payment or delay in wages.
The Coronavirus outbreak exposed and exacerbated the methods of violating migrant workers’ rights.
Tens of thousands of migrant workers face mass unemployment and are left stranded in squalid conditions without legal residency.
Many suffered from unpaid or stolen wages, and were unable to pay the rent or buy food.
Despite amendments to the law governing personal status cases in 2019 and 2020, some articles still discriminate against women.
UAE law also discriminates against LGBT people, bisexual people, and transgender persons (LGBTQ people).
Restriction on rights
In November, the UAE announced a set of legal reforms such as decriminalizing drinking or possessing alcohol and attempting suicide.
Announced reforms would also allow married people outside the Emirates to follow the laws of their country or country in which they married regarding divorce and inheritance.
“While the UAE has announced commendable legal reforms aimed specifically at foreigners who make up the majority of residents, the authorities continue to viciously crack down on basic political and civil rights,” Page said.