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Stories about United Arab Emirates

30 April 2019

Jailed Emirati activist Ahmed Mansoor's life is at risk, after six weeks on hunger strike

Advox

Mansoor was awarded the Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders in 2015. He has been jailed multiple times since 2011.

23 April 2019

A look at United Arab Emirate's renewable energy goals

The UAE’s climate commitment for 2021 is “is not consistent with holding warming to below 2°C, let alone limiting it to 1.5°C as required under the Paris Agreement.”

15 April 2019

Jailed UAE activist Ahmed Mansoor continues hunger strike

Advox

Mansoor is serving ten years in jail after a court convicted him of publishing false information and rumours on social media.

25 March 2019

Two years after completing his sentence, Emirati activist Osama al-Najjar remains in detention

Advox

Al-Najjar was arrested over tweets calling for the release of prisoners of conscience in the Emirates.

6 September 2018

A lethal combination: How MENA governments use cybercrime laws and spyware to target activists

Advox

Gulf governments continue to deploy cybercrime laws as an arbitrary legal cover to target target human rights defenders.

3 August 2018

Killing speech softly: How the world’s biggest tech companies are quietly censoring critical expression in the Middle East

Advox

The failures of tech giants in moderating content in the region is a big and complex problem.

11 July 2017

Protesting Mistreatment in Prison, Emirati Activist Survives Six Weeks of Hunger Strike

Advox

Imran al-Radwan is serving a seven-year jail sentence for calling for reform in the UAE.

8 June 2017

Netizen Report: Gulf States Say ‘Pro-Qatar’ Speech Now Constitutes Cybercrime

Advox

Global Voices Advocacy's Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world.

27 April 2017

Jailed Emirati Academic Endures Hunger Strike to Protest Ten-Year Jail Sentence

Advox

"I have no choice but to go on hunger strike to restore my stolen freedom".

31 March 2017

Emirati Hardline Nationalists Target Human Rights Defenders on Twitter

Advox

It is no longer unusual for governments to maintain a robust online presence. They understand well the power of the internet in forming public opinion and manipulating political discourse.

30 March 2017

Global Inequality in Your Pocket: How Cheap Smartphones and Lax Policies Leave Us Vulnerable to Hacking

Advox

People who are poor, socially marginalized, and less tech-savvy bear the greatest risk of attacks via mobile phones.

21 March 2017

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

Advox

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

Advox

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

Advox

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

20 January 2017

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

Advox

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

13 April 2016

Pope Francis Announces: World's Best Teacher Is a Palestinian

“If children who suffer from violence are not given the assistance and support they need, they will be lost," says the World's Best Teacher Palestinian Hanan Al Hroub.

20 January 2016

Don’t Laugh, But Dubai’s Deputy Police Chief Would Like to Tell You About Obama’s ‘Shia Roots’

Dubai's deputy chief of police reasons the Iran Deal happened because Obama is Shia. Arab and Iranian social media users can‘t contain their laughter.

13 January 2016

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

Advox

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.

11 January 2016

Zam Zam Cola, a Symbol of Happier Diplomatic Times Between Iran and Saudi Arabia

Tensions rage between Iran and Saudi Arabia. Saudi has ended diplomatic ties, and Iran has banned all Saudi imports. But where does this leave Iran's popular Zam Zam Cola?

17 November 2015

When You're a Single Woman in the Emirates, but You Still Want a Child

“Even the married people, they don’t talk about adoption. I talk about it because I have a message for my society…[adoption] is the most important thing for society to accept.”

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