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Joint Statement: UAE Human Rights record ahead of COP28

Joint Statement: UAE Human Rights record ahead of COP28

The Global Initiative for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights joined the call of numerous civil society organizations to denounce the systematic human rights abuses committed by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and its record as a significant contributor to the climate emergency. The joint statement underscores that the UAE, as the host country for COP28, is putting at risk any potentially positive outcome of the summit if it does not urgently stop its ongoing violations of human rights and lift restrictions on civic space.

In this light, the signatories of the joint statement, including human rights organisations and UN human rights experts, who have documented the ongoing violations by the UAE authorities since 2011 call for the following key recommendations:

  1. Immediately and unconditionally release all those detained solely for the exercise of their human rights.
  2. End all abuse and harassment of detained critics, human rights defenders, political opposition members, and their families.
  3. Amend all repressive laws that violate human rights, including the Anti-Terrorism Law, the Penal Code, and the Cybercrime Law, and bring them into line with international human rights standards

Read the full statement here

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