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The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (WGAD) has for the fourth time called for the release of peaceful dissidents detained after unfair trials and arbitrarily detained, despite the expiry of their sentences, by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) solely for exercising their right to freedom of expression and demanding political reforms. 

The authorities in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are still holding more than 60 prisoners of conscience who have completed their sentences, some of whom completed their sentences in July 2022, but remain, after a series of violations, torture and ill-treatment, behind bars under the pretext of  "counseling". 

Among the victims who have completed their sentences is prominent lawyer and human rights activist Mohamed al-Roken, who has spent ten years in prison following an unfair trial. 

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.


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