UAE dictatorship oppresses opposition

This video says about itself:

A music video with facts about the mistreatment and abuse of labourers in the United Arab Emirates.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Rights activists back in UAE court

Monday 26 September 2011

Five civil rights activists on trial in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) returned to court today two days after the US-allied Gulf state held elections for an “advisory council.”

The activists were detained in April after they signed an online petition demanding constitutional reforms and free elections.

They include prominent blogger Ahmed Mansour and Nasser bin Ghaith, an economics professor who frequently lectured at the Abu Dhabi branch of Paris’s Sorbonne university.

The five are accused of anti-state crimes and were charged in July with insulting the country’s rulers and using an online forum to conspire against the state.

All have pleaded not guilty.

Political activity is severely restricted in the UAE, an alliance of seven semi-autonomous states each ruled by a hereditary sheikh.

There are no official opposition groups in the country and political parties are banned.

Tens of thousands of citizens demonstrated in towns across Morocco on Sunday to press long-standing demands for greater civil and social rights: here.

24 thoughts on “UAE dictatorship oppresses opposition

  1. Families call for activists’ release

    UNITED ARAB EMIRATES: The families of five civil rights activists facing jail for for “publicly insulting” the authorities appealed to Dubai today to halt the trial and free the men after six months in custody.

    They say the campaigners have been abused, including long periods in solitary confinement and lack of proper medical care.

    The men are accused of threatening the UAE’s stability and “insulting” its ruling emirs by joining internet campaigns calling for a greater public voice in political affairs. They could face decades in prison if convicted.


  2. UAE slammed for jailing activists

    United Arab Emirates: Rights groups including Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch slammed the government today over the “grossly unfair” prosecutions of five jailed pro-democracy campaigners and called for their immediate release.

    The activists were charged with “anti-state crimes” after signing an internet petition calling for free elections and proceedings against them have been heard in secret. A verdict is due on November 27.


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