ADHRB at HRC38 raises concerns over widespread torture in UAE prisons

On Monday 2 July 2018, at the 38th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council during the Item 8 General Debate on the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action, ADHRB delivered an oral intervention calling attention to widespread torture in the United Arab Emirates. In the intervention, ADHRB remarked in particular on the situation[…]

ADHRB at HRC38 Criticizes the UAE’s Disregard for UPR Recommendations

On Friday 29 June, at the 38th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council, ADHRB’s Legal Fellow Bridget Quitter delivered an oral intervention during the Item 6 General Debate on the Universal Periodic Review mechanism. In her intervention, Quitter called attention to the United Arab Emirates’ disregard for the UPR process and its recommendations[…]

ADHRB at HRC38 Highlights Saudi and Emirati Reprisals Against Activists For UN Cooperation

On Thursday 28 June, at the 38th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council, ADHRB delivered an oral intervention during the Council’s Item 5 General Debate, raising concerns about Gulf Cooperation Council reprisals against activists for the work with, and engagement with, the UN and its bodies and mechanisms. In particular, the intervention looked[…]

HRC38 Item 3 GD Oral Intervention: Restrictions on Free Expression in Saudi Arabia and the UAE

On Monday 25 June, during the Item 3 General Debate at the 38th session of the Human Rights Council, ADHRB’s Saudi Advocacy Associate Tyler Pry delivered an oral intervention highlighting restrictions on freedom of expression and opinion in the Gulf Cooperation Council states, in particular Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Pry especially noted[…]

UAE Human Rights Defender Ahmed Mansoor Sentenced to Ten Years for Tweets

31 May 2018 – On 30 May 2018, Ahmed Mansoor, a prominent United Arab Emirates (UAE) human rights defender, was sentenced to ten years in prison and received a fine of Dh1 million ($272,000 USD) on charges of insulting the “status and prestige of the UAE and its symbols,” and using his social media account[…]