February 6, 2018
The Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR) calls on the United Arab Emirates (UAE) government to fully implements recommendations made during its third United Nations Universal Periodic Review (UPR).
The Working Group on the UPR held its third review of the UAE’s human rights record during its 29th Session held in Geneva between 15 and 26 January 2018. During the review, 97 countries submitted written statements with 232 recommendations and the UAE government made a number of voluntary pledges. The UAE promised to examine 230 of the recommendations and noted two of them related to the ongoing diplomatic crisis with Qatar.
The UPR revealed a number of areas in which the UAE government has failed to deliver since its previous UPR took place in 2013. These include recommendations to ratify key international human rights instruments such as the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights; create an independent national human rights institution in line with the Paris Principles; amend legislation to ensure that domestic laws are brought in line with international human rights standards on the right to freedom of expression; and protect human rights defenders from harassment, intimidation, and discrimination.
GCHR echoes the human rights concerns raised during the recent UPR review and specifically calls on the UAE government to take immediate steps to implement recommendations made in the following areas of concern:
Other human rights defenders who are continuing to serve lengthy prison sentences following grossly unfair trials include human rights lawyers Dr. Mohammed Al-Roken and Dr. Mohammed Al-Mansoori, who were both sentenced to 10 years’ imprisonment in a mass trial known as the UAE94 which took place in 2013 for their outspoken support for human rights and after signing a petition which called for universal suffrage in the UAE.