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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,...

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...

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...

United Arab Emirates: UN experts alarmed by new charges brought against civil society in UAE87 trial
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United Arab Emirates: UN experts alarmed by new charges brought against civil society in UAE87 trial

United Arab Emirates: UN experts alarmed by new charges brought against civil society in UAE87 trial. UN experts* today expressed grave concern that the trial in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) of 84 members of civil society on spurious terrorism charges could result in the death penalty or lengthy prison sentences for acts allegedly committed...

Tensions between Sudanese Armed Forces, UAE reach boiling point
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Tensions between Sudanese Armed Forces, UAE reach boiling point

Since Nov. 2023, tensions between the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF)—commanded by Gen. Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan—and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have risen. On Nov. 27, Lt. Gen. Yasser Al-Atta, the assistant commander-in-chief of the SAF, criticized the UAE for behaving like a “mafia state” in a speech at a military headquarters. Less than two weeks later, authorities in...

United Arab Emirates acknowledges mass trial of prisoners previously reported during COP28
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United Arab Emirates acknowledges mass trial of prisoners previously reported during COP28

The United Arab Emirates on Saturday acknowledged it is conducting a mass trial of 84 inmates previously reported by dissidents as it hosted the United Nations COP28 climate talks last month. The trial likely includes a prominent activist lauded by rights group abroad. The state-run WAM news agency quoted the country’s attorney general, Hamad al-Shamsi, as saying...

Far more fossil fuel employees present at UN climate talks in Dubai than year before, report finds
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Far more fossil fuel employees present at UN climate talks in Dubai than year before, report finds

The companies represented say they should be at the climate talks as they are responsible for the bulk of fossil fuel emissions At least 1,300 employees of organizations representing fossil fuel interests registered to attend this year’s United Nations climate talks in Dubai, more than three times the number found in an Associated Press analysis of...

As COP28 Opens, UN Should Take UAE to Task
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As COP28 Opens, UN Should Take UAE to Task

Host Country Should Stop Rights Repression, Drop Fossil Fuel Plans. The United Nations should urge the United Arab Emirates to end its human rights repression and eliminate its plans to expand fossil fuel production as countries begin negotiations at the annual UN climate conference in Dubai, Human Rights Watch said today. The UN should also urgently develop...