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Today marks 7 years since the unfair trial of 94 human rights defenders, political opponents and activists in the United Arab Emirates. The trials, according to UN experts and NGOs clearly lacked the minimum fair trial standards.

Alaa, the daughter of of Abdul-Razzaq Al-Siddiq, one of prisoners of conscience in the United Arab Emirates made an appeal to all human rights organizations to help put an end to the suffering of her father who had been detained since April 2012.
Alaa said "I have not heard his voice for 8 years! My father is a Sharia professor… he has not established a secret organization… my father is innocent."

United Arab Emirates
Our concerns
  • Repression of freedom of opinion and expression and reprisals against human rights defenders and peaceful dissidents;
  • Continued and systematic practice of torture to extract confessions during investigations and as a form of punishment;
  • Exportation of the systematic practice of enforced disappearance and torture to UAE-controlled theatres of operation in Yemen.


Human Rights Instruments
International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR)
ICCPR Ratified ?
Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment (UNCAT)
UNCAT Ratified ?
UNCAT Ratification Date
OPCAT (National Preventive Mechanism) Ratified ?
National Preventive Mechanism (OPCAT) created ?
Next CAT State Report Due
OVERDUE - State party did not submit report on time
International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance (ICPPED)
ICPPED Ratified ?
Human Rights Council
Date last Universal Period Review (UPR)
UPR Next Review
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Term expires in 2018