Alkarama today provided its submission to the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of the United Arab Emirates to the UN for inclusion in the preparation of the summary of NGO information. The report highlighted key concerns, including the crackdown on essential freedoms of expression and association, the use of arbitrary arrests, detention and torture by the authorities to silence dissent, and the plight of the Bidoon in the country.
The information provided will be used, in conjunction with information provided by other organizations, to prepare the summary of stakeholders' information that will form part of the information used for the second review of the UAE. The aim of this second cycle is to evaluate the implementation of the first set of recommendations accepted by the United Arab Emirates but also the developments of the human rights situation in the State under review. Alkarama had already expressed similar concerns during its submission for the first review of the Emirates in 2008.
The review of the Emirates comes at an opportune time, given the alarming crackdown that is taking place in the country at present. Dozens of individuals have been arrested in recent weeks, and individuals have been threatened with the removal of their Emirati nationality. One activist, Mr Ahmed Abdul Khaleq, one of the UAE 5 about whom Alkarama had already expressed concerns earlier, was even been deported to Thailand today despite having always lived and worked in the Emirates.
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