UNITED ARAB
EMIRATES
United Arab Emirates
Al Imarat al Arabiyah al Muttahidah
Joined United Nations:  9 December 1971
Human Rights as assured by their constitution
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Updated 01 November 2012
CAPITAL
POPULATION
CHIEF OF STATE
SELECTION PROCESS
Abu Dhabi
5,314,317
note: estimate is based on the results of the 2005 census that included a significantly higher
estimate of net immigration of non-citizens than previous estimates (July 201
2 est.)
Khalifa bin Zayid al-Nuhayyan
President since 3 November 2004 and
Ruler of Abu Zaby (Abu Dhabi) since 4
November 2004
President and Vice President elected by the Federal Supreme
Council (FSC) for five-year terms (no term limits); election last
held 3 November 2009 upon the death of the UAE's Founding
Father and first President Zayid bin Sultan Al Nuhayyan; prime
minister and deputy prime minister appointed by the president

Next scheduled election: undetermined
HEAD OF GOVERNMENT
SELECTION PROCESS
Saif bin Zayid Al-Nuhayyan
Deputy Prime Minister
since 11 May 2009
Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Ministers appointed by the
president

Next scheduled election: undetermined
DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS
ETHNIC GROUPS
Emirati 19%, other Arab and Iranian 23%, South Asian 50%, other expatriates (includes Westerners and East
Asians) 8% (1982)
note: less than 20% are UAE citizens (1982)
RELIGIONS
Muslim 96% (Shi'a 16%), other (includes Christian, Hindu) 4%
GOVERNMENT
STRUCTURE
Federation with specified powers delegated to the UAE federal government and other powers reserved to member emirates; 7
emirates (imarat, singular - imarah); Federal court system introduced in 1971; applies to all emirates except Dubayy
(Dubai) and Ra's al Khaymah, which are not fully integrated into the federal judicial system; all emirates have secular
courts to adjudicate criminal, civil, and commercial matters and Islamic courts to review family and religious disputes
Executive: President and Vice President elected by the Federal Supreme Council (FSC) for five-year terms (no term
limits); Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Ministers appointed by the president;
election last held 3 November 2009;
Next scheduled election: unspecified
Legislative: Unicameral Federal National Council (FNC) or Majlis al-Ittihad al-Watani (40 seats; members appointed
by the rulers of the constituent states to serve two-year terms)
elections: elections for one half of the FNC (the other half remains appointed) held in the UAE on 18-20 December 2006;
the new electoral college - a body of 6,689 Emiratis (including 1,189 women) appointed by the rulers of the seven
emirates - were the only eligible voters and candidates; there were 456 candidates including 65 women that ran for 20
contested FNC seats; one female from the Emirate of Abu Dhabi won a seat; eligible voter turnout was 77%
note: reviews legislation, but cannot change or veto
Judicial: Union Supreme Court (judges are appointed by the president)
LANGUAGES
Arabic (official), Persian, English, Hindi, Urdu
BRIEF HISTORY
The United Arab Emirates was formed from the group of tribally organized Arabian Peninsula sheikhdoms along the
southern coast of the Persian Gulf and the northwestern coast of the Gulf of Oman. This area was converted to Islam in
the 7th century; for centuries it was embroiled in dynastic disputes. It became known as the Pirate Coast as raiders based
there harassed foreign shipping, although both European and Arab navies patrolled the area from the 17th century into the
19th century. Early British expeditions to protect the India trade from raiders at Ras al-Khaimah led to campaigns against
that headquarters and other harbors along the coast in 1819. The next year, a general peace treaty was signed to which all
the principal shaikhs of the coast adhered. Raids continued intermittently until 1835, when the shaikhs agreed not to
engage in hostilities at sea. In 1853, they signed a treaty with the United Kingdom, under which the sheikhs (the "Trucial
Sheikhdoms") agreed to a "perpetual maritime truce." It was enforced by the United Kingdom, and disputes among
shaikhs were referred to the British for settlement. Primarily in reaction to the ambitions of other European countries, the
United Kingdom and the Trucial Sheikhdoms established closer bonds in an 1892 treaty, similar to treaties entered into by
the UK with other Persian Gulf principalities. The shaikhs agreed not to dispose of any territory except to the United
Kingdom and not to enter into relationships with any foreign government other than the United Kingdom without its
consent. In return, the British promised to protect the Trucial Coast from all aggression by sea and to help out in case of
land attack. In 1955, the United Kingdom sided with Abu Dhabi in the latter's dispute with Saudi Arabia over the Buraimi
Oasis and other territory to the south. A 1974 agreement between Abu Dhabi and Saudi Arabia would have settled the
Abu Dhabi-Saudi border dispute; however, the agreement has yet to be ratified by the UAE Government and is not
recognized by the Saudi Government. The border with Oman also remains officially unsettled, but the two governments
agreed to delineate the border in May 1999. In 1968, the UK announced its decision, reaffirmed in March 1971, to end
the treaty relationships with the seven Trucial Sheikhdoms which had been, together with Bahrain and Qatar, under British
protection. The nine attempted to form a union of Arab emirates, but by mid-1971 they were unable to agree on terms of
union, even though the termination date of the British treaty relationship was the end of 1971. Bahrain became
independent in August and Qatar in September 1971. When the British-Trucial Shaikhdoms treaty expired on December
1, 1971, they became fully independent. On December 2, 1971, six of them entered into a union called the United Arab
Emirates. The seventh, Ras al-Khaimah, joined in early 1972. The UAE sent forces to liberate Kuwait during the 1990-
91 Persian Gulf War. On November 2, 2004, the UAE’s first and only president, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan,
died. His eldest son Khalifa bin Zayed al Nahyan succeeded him as Ruler of Abu Dhabi. In accordance with the
Constitution, the UAE’s Supreme Council of Rulers elected Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan as UAE Federal President.
Mohammed bin Zayed al Nahyan succeeded Khalifa as Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi.
In January 2006, Sheikh Maktoum
bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the prime minister of the UAE and the ruler of Dubai, died, and Crown Prince Sheikh
Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum assumed both roles. In 2011, the Middle East saw a number of pro-democratic
uprisings, popularly known as the Arab Spring. The UAE saw comparatively little unrest, but did face one high-profile
case in which five pro-democracy activists were arrested on charges of insulting President Khalifa, Vice President
Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan.  The trial of the UAE Five
attracted international publicity and protest from a number of human rights groups, including Amnesty International, which
named the five men prisoners of conscience. The defendants were convicted and given two- to three-year prison
sentences on 27 November 2011, but were pardoned without comment by President Khalifa the following day.

Sources:   Wikipedia: History of United Arab Emirates
ECONOMIC OVERVIEW
The UAE has an open economy with a high per capita income and a sizable annual trade surplus. Successful efforts at
economic diversification have reduced the portion of GDP based on oil and gas output to 25%. Since the discovery of oil
in the UAE more than 30 years ago, the UAE has undergone a profound transformation from an impoverished region of
small desert principalities to a modern state with a high standard of living. The government has increased spending on job
creation and infrastructure expansion and is opening up utilities to greater private sector involvement. In April 2004, the
UAE signed a Trade and Investment Framework Agreement with Washington and in November 2004 agreed to
undertake negotiations toward a Free Trade Agreement with the US, however, those talks have not moved forward. The
country's Free Trade Zones - offering 100% foreign ownership and zero taxes - are helping to attract foreign investors.
The global financial crisis, tight international credit, and deflated asset prices constricted the economy in 2009. UAE
authorities tried to blunt the crisis by increasing spending and boosting liquidity in the banking sector. The crisis hit Dubai
hardest, as it was heavily exposed to depressed real estate prices. Dubai lacked sufficient cash to meet its debt
obligations, prompting global concern about its solvency. The UAE Central Bank and Abu Dhabi-based banks bought the
largest shares. In December 2009 Dubai received an additional $10 billion loan from the emirate of Abu Dhabi. The
economy is expected to continue a slow rebound. Dependence on oil, a large expatriate workforce, and growing inflation
pressures are significant long-term challenges. The UAE''s strategic plan for the next few years focuses on diversification
and creating more opportunities for nationals through improved education and increased private sector employment.
Source: CIA World Factbook (select United Arab Emirates)
POLITICAL CLIMATE
The Federal Supreme Council consists of the individual rulers of the seven emirates. The President and Vice-President are
elected by the Supreme Council every five years. Although unofficial, the Presidency is de facto hereditary to the Al
Nahyan clan of Abu Dhabi and the Premiership is hereditary to the Al-Maktoom clan of Dubai. Article 150 of the UAE
constitution defines the powers of the Council’s authority in formulation of general policy; legislation on all matters of state;
ratification of federal laws and decrees, including those relating to budget and fiscal matters; ratification of international
treaties and agreements; and appointment of the prime minister and Supreme Court judges.[3] Decisions are made by
majority vote unless relating to substantive issues which require a two-thirds majority vote (five out of seven rulers), which
must include Abu Dhabi and Dubai.[4] The Supreme Council also elects the Council of Ministers, while an appointed 40-
member Federal National Council, drawn from all the emirates, reviews proposed laws.

In early 2007, the United Arab Emirates launched the 'UAE Government Strategy' for the years ahead, which covered
twenty-one topics in six different sectors including social development, economic development, public sector
development, justice and safety, infrastructure and rural areas development. The initiative is meant to reevaluate and
advance these sectors towards top global standards by facilitating better continuous cooperation between federal and
local governments with increased efficiency, training, Emiratisaion, ministry empowerment, upgrading of services,
improving civil service and legislation review.

Subsequently, Abu Dhabi announced implementation of its own policy to modernize public administration practices and
government performance in 2007-2008. Plans for reevaluation were laid out in areas including economy, energy, tourism,
health, education, labour, civil services, culture and heritage, good control, urban planning, transport, environment, health
and safety, municipal affairs, police and emergency services, electronic government, women and legislative reform. Abu
Dhabi hopes advancements towards exceptional global standards in these areas will improve the quality of services for its
residents as well as attract future investment towards further modernizing the Emirate.
Source: Wikipedia: Politics of United Arab Emirates
INTERNATIONAL
DISPUTES
Boundary agreement was signed and ratified with Oman in 2003 for entire border, including Oman's Musandam Peninsula
and Al Madhah enclaves, but contents of the agreement and detailed maps showing the alignment have not been
published; Iran and UAE dispute Tunb Islands and Abu Musa Island, which Iran occupies
U.S. State Department
United Nations Human
Rights Council
Amnesty International
Human Rights Watch
Freedom House
TRAFFICKING IN
PERSONS
None reported
REFUGEES AND
INTERNALLY
DISPLACED PERSONS
(IDPs)
None reported
Emirates Human Rights
Association
U. S. STATE
DEPARTMENT
HUMAN RIGHTS STATEMENTS, ANALYSIS AND CRITIQUES
2011 Human Rights Report: United Arab Emirates
Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor
20
11 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices
May
25, 2012

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is a federation of seven semiautonomous emirates with a resident population of approximately 8.5
million of whom an estimated 11.5 percent are citizens. The rulers of the seven emirates constitute the Federal Supreme Council,
the country’s highest legislative and executive body. The council selects a president and a vice president from its membership, and
the president appoints the prime minister and cabinet. In 2009 the council selected Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, ruler of
Abu Dhabi Emirate, to a second five-year term as president. The emirates are under patriarchal rule with political allegiance defined
by loyalty to tribal leaders, to leaders of the individual emirates, and to leaders of the federation. There are limited democratically
elected institutions and no political parties. A limited, appointed electorate participates in periodic elections for the Federal National
Council (FNC). Citizens can express their concerns directly to their leaders through traditional, consultative mechanisms such as
the open “majlis” (forum). The FNC, a nonlegislative, consultative body, consists of 40 representatives allocated proportionally to
each emirate based on population. The appointed electorate elected 20 on September 24, 2011 and the rulers of the individual
emirates appointed another 20 in mid-November. Security forces reported to civilian authorities.

Three core human rights issues continue to be of concern: citizens’ inability to change their government; limitations on citizens’
civil liberties (including the freedoms of speech, press, assembly, and association); and lack of judicial independence. Although the
government took steps to expand political participation, political parties are not permitted. The government continued to interfere
with privacy and to restrict civil liberties, including usage of the Internet. Capacity and structural issues leave the judiciary
susceptible to political influence.

In contrast with 2010, there were no reports of torture during the year, and there were no reports that flogging was employed as
judicially sanctioned punishment. There were, however, reports of police and prison guard brutality during the year. Arbitrary and
incommunicado detention remained a problem. Although there were limited reports of corruption, the government lacked
transparency. Domestic abuse of women remained a problem; however, police and social workers addressed the issue in close
coordination, with the presence of social workers at police stations to communicate in private with victims of violence. Women and
noncitizens faced legal and societal discrimination. Trafficking in persons continued, the government restricted the rights of foreign
workers, and abuse of foreign domestic servants and other migrant workers remained a problem.

The government took steps to prosecute and punish officials who committed abuses. Police who committed wrongdoing were held
accountable.
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UNITED NATIONS
HUMAN RIGHTS
COUNCIL
18 November 2010
Human Rights Council
Sixteenth session
Agenda item 3
Promotion and protection of all human rights, civil,
political, economic, social and cultural, including the right to
development
Report of the Special Rapporteur on the sale of children,
child prostitution and child pornography, Najat Maalla
M’jid
Mission to the United Arab Emirates

Summary
This report explores the phenomena of the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography in the United Arab Emirates, in
the light of international human rights
standards. Based on information gathered prior to during and after this visit, the Special
Rapporteur highlights the legislative initiatives and child protection strategies undertaken to
address the phenomena of sale of
children, child prostitution and child pornography, and
child protection in general. She also examines international cooperation
efforts in the area.

Finally, the Special Rapporteur offers a number of recommendations with a view to contributing to strengthening ongoing efforts to
combat and prevent the sale of children,
child prostitution and child pornography, and to protect the rights of child victims of these
practices.


I. Introduction
1. The Special Rapporteur undertook an official visit to the United Arab Emirates between 12 and 18 October 2009. The Special
Rapporteur held meetings with stakeholders in the Emirates of Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Ras Al Khaimah and Sharjah. The Special
Rapporteur thanks the Government of the United Arab Emirates for its hospitality and collaboration in organizing meetings with
relevant government officials and its cooperation.

2. In Abu Dhabi, the Special Rapporteur met with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of the
Interior, the Abu Dhabi Police, the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of Education, the Secretariat of the National Committee to
Combat Human Trafficking and the Federal National Council. In Dubai, she met with the Ministry of Social Affairs, the Dubai
Courts and the Dubai Police. In Sharjah, she met with representatives of the judicial corps, the prosecutor and the Higher Council
for Family Affairs.

3. The Special Rapporteur visited the Social Services Department of Abu Dhabi Police Headquarters, the Emirates Human Rights
Association, the Abu Dhabi shelter for victims of trafficking (Ewa’a), the General Women’s Union, the Dubai Community
Development Authority, the Dubai Foundation for Women and Children, the Sharjah City for Humanitarian Services and the Sharjah
Social Services Department.

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FREEDOM HOUSE
Freedom Alert
Freedom House Condemns Attacks on Human Rights Defenders in UAE
Jul 18 2012 - 3:40pm

The brutal crackdown on human rights defenders by security forces in United Arab Emirates (UAE), including the recent flood of
arrests against advocates of reform, is a troubling sign of the deteriorating climate for freedom of expression.  Freedom House
renews calls for Emirati authorities to immediately address its worsening human rights situation and to cease all efforts to silence
opposition through extralegal harassment and intimidation.

During the past two weeks law enforcement officials have intensified their assault on activists through a series of deportations,
travel bans and unexplained detentions in a vigorous effort to stifle dissent. State security have carried out the majority of arrests in
Dubai, Sharjah, and Ras Al-Khaimah, the most recent of which occurred on July 15 in Abu Dhabi when officials detained a number
of human rights defenders on charges related to sedition.

Among those arrested to date are cyber activists, including blogger Ahmed Abd al-Khaleq of the stateless Bidun minority, members
of the Reform organization Islah, as well as the President of the Emirates Center for Studies and Information, Dr. Mohamed Al-
Mansoori.

The United Arab Emirates is rated Not Free in Freedom in the World 2011 and Freedom of the Press 2011.
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AMNESTY
INTERNATIONAL
19 October 2012
OPEN LETTER: THE UNITED ARAB EMIRATES’ CANDIDACY FOR ELECTION TO THE UN HUMAN
RIGHTS COUNCIL

We write on the occasion of your country’s candidacy for membership of the UN Human Rights Council in the elections scheduled
for 12 November 2012. We welcome your submission of election pledges to
promote and protect human rights at the national and
international levels, as indicated in the Annex to
the letter dated 13 March 2012 from the Permanent Representative of the United
Arab Emirates to the
United Nations addressed to the President of the General Assembly.1

We recall that, according to General Assembly resolution 60/251, members of the Council shall uphold the highest standards in the
promotion and protection of human rights and fully cooperate with the
Council.2 On the occasion of the United Arab Emirates’
candidacy, we take the opportunity to
comment on your election pledges and to note additional opportunities for your government
to promote
and protect human rights. In doing so, we refer to the guidance of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human
Rights on presenting voluntary human rights pledges and commitments, including that such
pledges and commitments should be
specific, measurable and verifiable.3

Commitments at the international level
Ratification of international human rights instruments
We take this opportunity to encourage you to ratify the international human rights instruments that are
still outstanding, in particular
the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and its Optional
Protocols; the International Covenant on Economic, Social
and Cultural Rights and its Optional
Protocol; the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or
Punishment and its Optional Protocol; and the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights
of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families.
Cooperation with the Special Procedures

All Members of the Council are requested to fully cooperate with the Special Procedures. We note that the Special Rapporteur on
the right to education is currently requesting permission to visit, and we urge
your government to facilitate this visit without delay.
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HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH
UAE: Enforced Disappearance and Torture
Reveal Activist’s Whereabouts; Investigate Torture Allegations
September 14, 2012

(Beirut) – United Arab Emirates (UAE) authorities should immediately bring a victim of enforced disappearance, Ahmed al-Suweidi,
before judicial authorities and open a thorough and impartial investigation into credible allegations of torture at State Security
facilities. Human Rights Watch was joined in its statement by Alkarama (Dignity), the Arabic Network for Human Rights
Information (ANHRI), the Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR), and Index on Censorship.

On September 10, 2012, Human Rights Watch wrote to President Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan to say that the UAE’s
accession to the United Nations Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment on
July 19 was a positive step. But Human Rights Watch also expressed concern about the alleged torture in UAE custody of two
Syrian nationals, Abdulelah al-Jadani and Musab Khalil Abood.

“The allegations of torture and the enforced disappearance of Ahmed al-Suweidi are matters of grave concern and exhibit
increasingly brutal tactics by the UAE’s State Security apparatus,” said Joe Stork, deputy Middle East director at Human Rights
Watch. “The UAE’s allies in the West should not remain silent in the face of such serious international crimes.”

Al-Suweidi, whose situation recently came to light, is one of 60 civil society activists and human rights defenders whom UAE
authorities are holding without charge following their peaceful calls for political reform. They include two prominent lawyers,
Mohamed al-Roken and Mohamed al-Mansoori. The condition of the other detainees is also a cause of concern after reports from
people who saw them at a September 6 hearing to extend the detention of six of them, the groups said.

Al-Suweidi was arrested on March 26 and taken to Al-Shahama detention center. On April 26 the authorities at Al-Shahama claimed
to have transferred him to Al-Sader jail, but officials at Al-Sader claimed to have no knowledge of his whereabouts when his
brother attempted to visit him shortly after. The UAE authorities have not denied he is still in detention, but they have refused to
divulge his location. Al-Suweidi’s enforced disappearance is all the more alarming in light of the recent allegations of torture at a
UAE State Security facility, the groups said.

Al-Suweidi holds a PhD from the University of Southern California and worked in the finance department of the Abu Dhabi
government for 17 years until he retired in 2007. He is also a political activist and it was this activism that led authorities to strip
him and six other Emiratis of their citizenship in May 2011. The “UAE 7,” as they became known, were among the first arrested in
the current crackdown on free expression. On March 26, at a service station between Abu Dhabi and Dubai, six unmarked cars
surrounded the vehicle in which al-Suweidi and a former judge, Ahmed al-Za’abi, were traveling. Men in civilian clothes who did
not reveal their identity took them away. Al-Suweidi was held in a different wing of the detention center to the others, and his first
and last contact with his family was a brief phone call on August 27, five months after his arrest.

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OFFICIAL
GOVERNMENT HUMAN
RIGHTS STATEMENT
October 28, 2012
The Federal National Council (FNC) issued a statement in response to the resolution adopted by the EU Parliament
concerning the human rights in the UAE.

'Having considered the EU Parliament debate on human rights in the UAE, the FNC is shocked at the way in which the EU
Parliament tackled such a sensitive issue without approaching the UAE through its constitutional, executive and legislative
institutions as well as its social organizations. ''The FNC hoped that the EU Parliament had not harried in taking such a decision and
viewed the issue with neutrality and objectivity while giving the competent circles in the UAE the full opportunity to explain the
UAE view instead of listening to biased reports that contained many baseless allegations and inaccurate information about the real
situation in the UAE.         
''The prejudiced, harmful resolution to the UAE stances towards the discussed issues in such a harry manner underlines the lack of
objectivity on the part of the established EU institution which was apparently fallen under the influence of certain elements that have
their own agenda seeking to mar the long-standing historic bonds between the EU and the GCC countries, in general, and the UAE,
in particular.

''The UAE achievements in the past four decades stand testimony to its respect for human rights for both its nationals and
non-nationals. High development rates have also drawn commendation from all.

''The issues tackled by the resolution including rights of women and foreign workforce, human trafficking, and domestic helpers,
have been receiving full attention of the State. The UAE women have enjoyed their rights to education, public job and political
participation. The foreign workforce has been provided with favourite conditions through proper housing, fair wages and human
working environment. The FNC has debated the domestic helpers law in its previous term.

''Regarding human trafficking, the UAE has presented before international relevant organizations reports that elicited continuous
appreciation. As for UAE detainees, the State has committed to leave the critical issue to the justice which will administer its ruling
without interference from any one and undoubtedly in line with principles of justice and transparency.

''The UAE leadership and people will not hesitate in defending their just stances and protecting rights of citizens. The UAE will go
ahead with its plans for development so as to build a modern state that takes the lead in all fields, a state that is based on principles
of religion, traditions, heritage and cherished political legacy left by the founding fathers led by the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al
Nahyan.''
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DEPARTMENT OF
HUMAN RIGHTS
Human trafficking cases see marked drop in 2011 to 37 : Gargash
18
Apr 2012

Human trafficking-related cases dropped to 37 in 2011 from 58 cases registered in 2010 thanks to the strict enforcement of the
UAE Federal Law No. 51, 2006 on Combating Human Trafficking Crimes, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Dr. Anwar
Gargash, and Chairman of the UAE National Committee to Combat Trafficking (NCCHT), unveiled today. Releasing the annual
report 2011-2012 on Combating Human Trafficking in the UAE, Dr. Gargash noted the good job done by the NCCHT specially in
regards to heightening public awareness about the crimes of trafficking in persons and the firm commitment of law enforcement
agencies to fighting these crimes were behind the marked decline in the number of human trafficking-related cases.
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EMIRATES HUMAN
RIGHTS ASSOCIATION
Emirates Human Rights Association casts doubt on negative reports on UAE
By
Wam
Published Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Reports about torture of detainees in UAE were preposterous, a top UAE human rights activist said.

"I have deep doubts about the negative reports raised by representatives of human rights organisations visiting the UAE from time
to time as most of these reports were far from reality, particularly those parts indicating that detained activists were subject to
torture, verbal abuse and mistreatment at the hands of UAE security services," said Abdul Ghafar Hussein, Chairman of the
Emirates Human Rights Association (EHRA), at a press conference.

Ala'a Shalaby, Secretary General of the Arab Organisation for Human Rights (AOHR), and other top human rights activists from
Syria and Kuwait, were present.

"I told the AOHR members that physical torture has no place and will not have in the ethics of Emiratis, be state officials or
ordinary nationals," he added.

Dr. Abdul Rahim Al Awadi of the UAE Foreign Ministry, who attended a dinner banquet the EHRA hosted in honour of the Arab
human rights advocates, said the detainees were under supervision and the custody of the federal public prosecution in Abu Dhabi
and not detained by security apparatus.

He said that the judiciary will not allow mistreatment of any suspect.

"When the EHRA requested the UAE authorities for a permission to visit and meet those in detention, they immediately responded to
our request. And two members of the  EHRA have visited them and closely inspected their conditions. At the same day, four
detainees were visited. The fact is that what we already believed is true and that any mistreatment and torture was out of the
question.The detainees told us during these interviews that they had experienced no torture or abuse and they received good
treatment," he indicated.

Hussein added that some of the detainees said that reports published by social media platforms about their alleged torture were
"unbelievable".

He continued: "To be more certain and assure of these facts, we requested a second visit to other different detainees. Our request
was answered and Mr. Khaled Al Hosani, EHRA Secretary General, joined the EHRA team and met other six detainees who said
that they had not been subjected to any torture or mistreatment and that they had been treated well."
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Muhammad bin Rashid al-Maktum
Vice President and Prime Minister
since 5 January 2006
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Mansur bin Zayid Al-Nuhayyan
Deputy Prime Minister
since 11 May 2009
The UAE is a drug transshipment point for traffickers given its proximity to Southwest Asian drug-producing countries;
the UAE's position as a major financial center makes it vulnerable to money laundering; anti-money-laundering controls
improving, but informal banking remains unregulated
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