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Plight of Nepali migrants: UAE emerging as transit point for human trafficking
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Plight of Nepali migrants: UAE emerging as transit point for human trafficking

In recent times, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has increasingly become a transit point for human traffickers, exploiting the vulnerabilities of Nepali migrants seeking better opportunities abroad. Due to the easy accessibility of visit visas, many find themselves face to face with deception and exploitation. Tej Bahadur Chhetri, the Nepali ambassador to the UAE, raises...

Russia: UN human rights office ‘appalled’ at death of Navalny in prison
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Russia: UN human rights office ‘appalled’ at death of Navalny in prison

Mr. Navalny, 47, had lost consciousness and could not be revived, according to media reports. “If someone dies in the custody of the State, the presumption is that the State is responsible – a responsibility that can only be rebutted through an impartial, thorough and transparent investigation carried out by an independent body,” said OHCHR spokesperson Liz Throssell,...

Putin henchmen and their Dubious Dubai Connections. The case of Chechen strong man Ramazan Kadyrov
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Putin henchmen and their Dubious Dubai Connections. The case of Chechen strong man Ramazan Kadyrov

As the glittering skyscrapers of Dubai continue rising ever higher, new evidence shows this glitzy emirate has also constructed a massive offshore haven enabling some of the world’s most repressive regimes and drug cartels to shield wealth and escape consequences for human rights abuses. An in-depth investigation drawing on leaked property records and intelligence sources...

Venezuela Shuts Down UN Human Rights Office, Expels Staff
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Venezuela Shuts Down UN Human Rights Office, Expels Staff

Venezuela on Thursday ordered the U.N. human rights office in Caracas to shut down all operations, ordering the staff to leave the country within three days. During a news conference, Foreign Affairs Minister Yvan Gil announced the decision, saying that the office had played an “inappropriate role” and had become the “private law firm of...

Syrian returnees subjected to “gross human rights violations and abuses”, UN report details
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Syrian returnees subjected to “gross human rights violations and abuses”, UN report details

Many Syrians who had fled the war face gross human rights violations and abuses upon their return to Syria, according to a report by the UN Human Rights Office released today. The documented violations and abuses have been perpetrated by the Government, de facto authorities and other armed groups across the country, the report states. They include arbitrary detention,...

United Arab Emirates: Free All Those on Trial in UAE84 Case and Drop Charges
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United Arab Emirates: Free All Those on Trial in UAE84 Case and Drop Charges

The Emirates Detainees Advocacy Center (EDAC), the Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR), Amnesty International, and Human Rights Watch urgently appeal to United Nations special procedures, UN Member States, and the European Union to call on the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to drop recent abusive terrorism charges against at least 84 Emiratis. The defendants include many prisoners...

‘A gift to Moscow’: dismay as NYPD takes part in UAE Swat games with Chechnya and Belarus
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‘A gift to Moscow’: dismay as NYPD takes part in UAE Swat games with Chechnya and Belarus

Led out by a beaming Adam Kadyrov, the son of the Chechen leader, Ramzan Kadyrov, a group of muscular men sporting black beards strode on to the brightly illuminated stage in Dubai last week to receive gold medals and a $5,000 (£3,960) cheque. The men were members of the notorious Chechen Akhmat Kadyrov special police regiment, a group...

UAE: Authorities “make mockery of justice” with mass trial of dissidents already behind bars
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UAE: Authorities “make mockery of justice” with mass trial of dissidents already behind bars

The mass trial underway of 84 Emiratis, including prominent human rights defenders, flagrantly violates the defendants’ fair trial rightsand disregards fundamental legal principle by re-trying some defendants for the same charges they were convicted of a decade ago, Amnesty International said ahead of a hearing in the case on 7 February. At least 65 of...

UAE’s second-largest political mass trial is underway
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UAE’s second-largest political mass trial is underway

While December 2023 saw the global spotlight on Dubai for the COP28, Abu Dhabi discreetly conducted the second-largest political mass trial in the UAE’s history, known as the “UAE87” in a complete absence of media coverage. On December 7, 2023, the Abu Dhabi Federal Court of Appeal held its first hearing of a new mass trial involving...

UAE: Hosting COP28 Amid Longstanding Repression
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UAE: Hosting COP28 Amid Longstanding Repression

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) hosted the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP28) in 2023 and used it to burnish its image despite pushing for fossil fuel expansion and maintaining a zero-tolerance policy toward dissent, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2024. The UAE, one of the world’s largest oil producers and per capita greenhouse...