American citizen in maximum-security prison in the UAE over satirical YouTube video

Recent articles in United Arab Emirates

A policeman enters Dubai's Al-Awir central prison in the United Arab Emirates, 21 May 2020, amid the COVID-19 pandemic, GIUSEPPE CACACE/AFP via Getty Images

UAE: Ill-treated prisoners of conscience continue to suffer in Emirati prisons after serving sentences

The recent death of Jordanian journalist Tayseer Al-Najjar from health complications contracted during a prison term in the UAE has raised alarm over the fate of thirteen prisoners of conscience, including two women activists, who remain in Emirati prisons despite serving their sentences.

Blocked voices: The COVID-19 outbreak mobilizes demands to unblock Voice Over IP in the Gulf

With the need to communicate and access information during the COVID-19 pandemic, rights organizations call on governments in the Gulf region to lift their ban on Voice Over IP platforms that facilitate voice and video internet calls.

UAE: Freedom of expression must be upheld at all times, not only tolerated during Hay Festival Abu Dhabi

Over 60 rights groups and activists urge the UAE to release all imprisoned human rights defenders and, in the interim, to comply with international standards by allowing prisoners of conscience to receive books and reading materials.