Stories about United Arab Emirates

21 March 2017

UAE Authorities Arrest One Rights Activist and Extend the Detention of Another

On 20 March police arrested human rights defender Ahmed Mansoor from his home. Meanwhile, UAE authorities have refused to release Osama al-Najjar, despite him having served out his prison sentence.

16 March 2017

UAE Court Sentences Jordanian Journalist Tayseer al-Najjar to Prison

UAE authorities took issue with a Facebook post that Tayseer al-Najjar published before he had even moved to the country.

3 February 2017

After Waiting More Than a Year, Jordanian Journalist Appears Before UAE Court

Journalist Tayseer Al-Najjar is on trial in the UAE over 2014 Facebook posts deemed offensive to the Emirati state.

22 January 2017

Health of Detained UAE Academic Nasser Bin Ghaith at Risk, Rights Groups Say

Bin Ghaith was held incommunicado for nine months over and deprived of adequate food and clothing. Supporters are now concerned for his health.

20 September 2016

The UAE Has Avoided an ‘Arab Spring’ by Systematically Repressing Critical Speech

Wary of an Arab-Spring like uprising within its borders, the UAE government launched an unprecedented crackdown on critics and activists.

3 August 2016

Bad Laws Are Contagious: Demystifying the UAE’s New Information Tech Law

Preceded by a wave of VOIP blocking in various Arab countries, the new law comes as no surprise for those familiar with digital policy in the region.

13 January 2016

Two Arrested and then Released for Taking Selfies with Burning Dubai Hotel in the Background

Two men who posted their selfies on social media with Dubai's 63-storey The Address hotel on fire in the background were arrested -- and then released.

14 July 2015

Australian Artist Jailed in UAE For Posting “Bad Words” on Facebook

An Australian artist found herself thrown into an Abu Dhabi prison and deported for posting a photograph of a car blocking a disabled parking spot.

30 October 2014

Human Rights Activist Iyad El-Baghdadi Speaks Out on His Deportation from UAE

Iyad El-Baghdadi, who played a key role in social media activism around the Arab uprisings, was deported from the UAE April. Until last week, little was known of his fate.

13 October 2014

Will the Right to Be Forgotten Inspire Repressive Regimes to Expand Internet Censorship?

“These governments will take advantage from this directive. Powerful people will be able to hide disgraceful actions for their own e-reputation," says Tunisian Internet advocate Dhouha Ben Youssef.

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