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Amnesty International annual report on the UAE: discrimination against women, arbitrary arrests and war crimes


Amnesty International’s annual report on the human rights situation exposed serious violations of the ruling regime in the United Arab Emirates, including discrimination against women, arbitrary arrests of dissidents and critics as well as horrific war crimes against civilians in Yemen.

Amnesty’s report entitled “Review of 2018 Human Rights in the Middle East and North Africa.”

The report said that in the UAE, the partner of the coalition that waged the war on Yemen for nearly four years, and the partner in the siege of Qatar, women remained discriminated against at the level of the legal text and in practice.

The report highlighted the arrest of UAE Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, one of the daughters of the ruler of Dubai, in international waters after trying to escape from the UAE aboard a yacht to seek asylum abroad.

The report monitored the arbitrary arrest of foreign nationals by the UAE authorities, including Lebanese in addition to the arrest hundreds of UAE dissidents, critics of the authorities and human rights defenders, most notably human rights activist Ahmed Mansour.

According to the report, the UAE has participated in serious violations of international law in armed conflict in Yemen, including forced disappearances and torture.

With regard to the siege of Qatar, the ICJ issued several orders to the UAE to fulfill its obligations under the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination by allowing Qatari residents who were forced to leave the UAE to reunite with their families and complete their university studies.