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[Human Rights Watch]/UAE: Assaults on Dissident, Free Expression

 

UAE: ASSAULTS ON DISSIDENT, FREE EXPRESSION

 

Credible Allegations of Torture in Custody
JANUARY 23, 2014
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The UAE’s repressive laws and dysfunctional justice system belie the government’s efforts to present the country as moderate and progressive. The UAE might seem like a safe place to shop, do business, or take a winter holiday but it’s becoming a very dangerous place to express a political opinion.
Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East director

(Dubai) – The United Arab Emirates (UAE) in 2013 stifled free expression, and subjected dissidents to manifestly unfair trials marred by credible allegations of torture, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2014.

A court sentenced 69 dissidents to prison terms of up to 10 years in July on charges of aiming to overthrow the government, though most of the evidence the court cited in the 243-page judgment suggested that they had only engaged in peaceful political activities. Many of those convicted, and another group of 30 dissidents facing similar charges, said they experienced mistreatment in pretrial detention that in some cases amounted to torture.

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