News from United Arab Emirates

UAE: Free prominent human rights defender Ahmed Mansoor now


Award-winning Emirati human rights defender Ahmed Mansoor has been arrested by security forces in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and taken to an unknown location. Ahmed Mansoor was arrested at his home…

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UAE: Call for the immediate release of human rights defender Osama-Al-Najjar as his sentence expires


Human rights defender and on-line activist Osama Al-Najjar was scheduled for release on 17 March 2017, having served a full three-year prison sentence as a result of the peaceful exercise of his right…

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Ahmed Mansoor nominated as Defender of Human Rights & Freedom of Expression for March 2017


(Cairo & Beirut, 10 March 2017) The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI), Maharat Foundation, and the Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR), in cooperation with IFEX, nominated prominent…

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UPDATE: UAE: Academic Nasser Bin Ghaith suffering from poor health while waiting for Federal Appeal Court to set date to hear his case


Update: UAE: On 22 February, Dr. Nasser Bin Ghaith appeared in court, where the judge scheduled a hearing for his verdict on 29 March 2017. 2017-01-24 Update: UAE: Dr. Nasser Bin Ghaith remains in prison…

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Update: UAE: Academic Dr. Abdulkhaleq Abdulla released but Dr. Nasser Bin Ghaith remains in prison


While the Gulf Centre for Human RIghts (GCHR) welcomes the release of academic and activist Dr. Abdulkhaleq Abdulla from detention in the United Arab Emirates on 26 January 2017, it calls on the government…

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UAE: Human rights defenders face arrest and judicial harassment


Human rights defenders in the UAE continue to be targeted due to the exercise of their right to freedom of expression, including on-line, and for their peaceful promotion of human rights. On 16 January…

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