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On March 14, 2018, the Alkarama Foundation participated in a side event organised by Conseil pour la Justice, l'Égalité et la Paix (COJEP) and the International Centre for Justice and Human Rights (ICJHR) at the Palais des Nations in Geneva to discuss the current human rights situation in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

March 17, 2018 marks one year since Osama Al Najjar completed his three-year prison sentence in the UAE, yet the well-known blogger and human rights defender remains detained against his will to date.

Geneva (February 5, 2018) On Friday, the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (WGAD) published an

United Arab Emirates
Alkarama Person of contact for country
Julia Legner, Email: j.legner - at - alkarama -dot- org , Twitter : @JuliaLegner
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