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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