Articles for United Arab Emirates

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."

(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.

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(Geneva – August 16, 2018) – The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (WGAD) has published Opinion 3/2018, declaring the detention of two Jordanian IT professionals, living and working in Abu Dubai, arbitrary.

(Geneva – July 10, 2018) – On July 4, 2018, the Alkarama Foundation participated in a side event organised by the International Centre for Justice and Human Rights (ICJHR) during the 38th session of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC).

(Geneva, July 6, 2018) – On June 29, 2018, the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) formally adopted the UAE’s outcome report in the framework of its third Universal Periodic Review (UPR), which was held on

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.