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"United Arab Emirates
Honor 2006"

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The Middle-East-Info site blockedby the United Arab Emirates dictatorship (Snapshot, Jun 28, 2006)

Sheikh Issa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the brother to the President of the U.A.E. and Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, taking pleasure in torturing on camera a business associate who disagreed with him. Police in uniform join in as the victim is whipped, beaten, electrocuted, run over by SUV, stuffed sand down the mouth and bullets from an automatic rifle are fired around - ABC News, Apr. 22, 2009 |
UAE Torture

Imprisonment and Flogging for Marriage Across Faiths
No Democratically Elected Institutions or Political Parties
Judiciary's Decisions Subject to Review by Political Leadership
Law Specifically Prohibits Criticism of Government, Ruling Families and Friendly Governments Under Penalty of Imprisonment
Claims Iranian Greater and Lesser Tunbs Islands

Compare Freedom Score of UAE (Not Free) and Israel (Free)
Source: Freedom House
(PDF, 187 KB)

Compare Human Development Index of UAE (0.816) and Israel (0.905) (PDF, 670 KB)
Source: United Nations Human Development Report 2003

Compare Corruption Index of UAE (5.5), Israel (7.3), Germany (7.3) and USA (7.7) Source: Transparency International (PDF, 1.8 MB)

United Arab Emirates, Country Reports on Human Rights Practices - 2002 (U.S. State Department, Mar 31, 2003): "The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is a federation of seven emirates established in 1971. None has any democratically elected institutions or political parties. Traditional rule in the emirates generally has been patriarchal, with political allegiance defined in terms of loyalty to the tribal leaders. There are no general elections ... Citizens did not have the right to change their government. The Government restricted the freedoms of speech and of the press. The press continued to avoid direct criticism of the Government and exercised self-censorship. The Government restricted the freedoms of assembly and association, and imposed some restrictions on freedom of religion. The Government restricted the rights of workers, some of whom were not protected by labor laws. There were no labor unions. There were reports of poor working conditions, failure to pay wages, and abuse of foreign domestic servants in an economy in which 98 percent of the private sector workforce was foreign ... The Constitution provides for the independence of the judiciary; however, its decisions were subject to review by the political leadership ... The law specifically prohibits criticism of the Government, ruling families, and friendly governments that threaten social stability under penalty of imprisonment."

Imprisonment and Flogging for Marriage Across Faiths (Amnesty International Report)

Enslaved because of their size, young boys are trafficked into the UAE and forced to ride camels for sport. (iAbolish - The Anti-Slavery Portal)

Trafficking in Persons Report 2002 (U.S. Department of State) (PDF, 630 KB) - United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Iran, Lebanon, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan

Country Reports on Human Rights Practices, UAE - 2001 (Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor of U.S. Department of State)
Library of Congress's Country Studies (United Arab Emirates)

CIA World Factbook (United Arab Emirates): "Oman signed boundary treaty with the UAE in 1999, but complete UAE-Oman boundary line is not expected until the end of 2002; undefined segments remain with Ra's al-Khaymah and Ash Shariqah (Sharjah) emirates, including the Musandam Peninsula, where an administrative boundary substitutes for an international boundary; because details of 1974 and 1977 treaties have not been made public, the exact location of the Saudi Arabia-UAE boundary is unknown and status is considered de facto; UAE seeks United Arab League and other international support against Iran's occupation of Greater Tunb Island (called Tunb al Kubra in Arabic by UAE and Jazireh-ye Tonb-e Bozorg in Persian by Iran) and Lesser Tunb Island (called Tunb as Sughra in Arabic by UAE and Jazireh-ye Tonb-e Kuchek in Persian by Iran) and attempts to occupy completely a jointly administered island in the Persian Gulf (called Abu Musa in Arabic by UAE and Jazireh-ye Abu Musa in Persian by Iran)."

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