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(Geneva, October 4, 2018) – On October 4, 2018, the European Parliament adopted a resolution calling for the immediate release of Emirati human rights defender Ahmed Mansoor, who was handed a 10-year prison sentence in March 2018 on charges directly related to his right to freedom of opinion and expression. 

(Geneva, October 3, 2018) – Alkarama has requested the urgent intervention of the UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances (WGEID) in the case of Abudujilili Supi, a Uighur from Xinjiang, China, who remains missing since his arrest in the UAE on September 21, 2018.

Supi has lived with his wife in the UAE since 2017. In March 2018, he was hired as a Muezzin – a crier who summons Muslims to pray – by the Ministry of Islamic Affairs.

United Arab Emirates
Our concerns
  • Ongoing and systematic practice of torture to extract confessions during investigations and as a form of punishment;
  • Crackdown on freedom of opinion and expression on the basis of an ever-restrictive legal arsenal, and reprisals against human rights defenders and peaceful dissidents;
  • Marginalisation of the stateless population.


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