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A coalition of 19 NGOs wrote to the international police body's secretary-general to express their 'deep concern' over Raisi's candidacy.

Comment: Respect for human rights is a founding principle of Interpol. To name an Emirati police chief as its president would be a gross contradiction, writes Jonathan Fenton-Harvey.

<em>Matthew</em> <em>Hedges</em> slams UAE general's bid to head Interpol

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Matthew Hedges slams UAE general's bid to head Interpol

The jailed academic experienced torture and solitary confinement during his detention in the UAE, Hedges says.

UAE denying detainees lifesaving HIV treatment

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UAE denying detainees lifesaving HIV treatment

HIV positive detainees in the UAE are denied lifesaving medicine, according to Human Rights Watch.

Detained in the Gulf? Britain will not protect you

Lyndon Peters

Detained in the Gulf? Britain will not protect you

Comment: In 2010, Briton Jaafar al-Hasabi was arrested and tortured in Bahrain. The FCO intervened but belatedly. The FCO's recent record ...

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UK urges investigation into UAE arrest of football fan

British citizen Ali Issa Ahmad was arrested by UAE security forces because he wore a Qatar football shirt. He says he was beaten, electrocuted, cut, and burned during his detention.

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UK launches investigation into UAE detention of PhD student

Hedges' wife Daniela Tejada has criticised the Foreign Office for its treatment of the case and called on it to pressure the UAE to ...

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Rights groups denounce UAE after woman dies in prison

Despite pleas from her family in Abdel Nour's last months, requests for her compassionate release on health grounds was denied.

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Terminally ill Emirati woman 'dies from neglect' in prison

A terminally ill Emirati woman has died in prison after authorities denied her medical treatment for breast cancer, pan-Arab media has reported.

UK accused of 'inertia' after Dubai 'wrongfully detains' man

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UK accused of 'inertia' after Dubai 'wrongfully detains' man

The UK is being accused of collusion with the UAE for inaction over the imprisonment of Andrew Neal, detained in Dubai for five months despite ...

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UAE 'abusing, denying treatment' to terminally ill female detainee

Alia Abdel Nour, convicted of terrorism charges in 2017, is being denied necessary chemotherapy and adequate access to her family, HRW claims. ...

The dark side of the UAE

Eldar Mamedov

The dark side of the UAE

Comment: The UAE positions itself as a successful model of a Muslim society in the 21st century, but Abu Dhabi is hiding a much less glamorous ...

Khashoggi fiancee, <em>Matthew</em> <em>Hedges</em> brief EU on Saudi-Emirati abuses

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Khashoggi fiancee, Matthew Hedges brief EU on Saudi-Emirati abuses

Matthew Hedges and Hatice Cengiz appeared before the European Parliament on Tuesday to discuss human rights issues in the ...

Detained in Dubai: UAE no longer safe for tourists

Sana Uqba

Detained in Dubai: UAE no longer safe for tourists

Beyond the sun, sea and skyscrapers, most tourists are oblivious to the UAE's continued detention of foreigners arrested for behaviour deemed ...

UAE 'demanded Britain swap dissidents' for jailed academic <em>Hedges</em>

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UAE 'demanded Britain swap dissidents' for jailed academic Hedges

The United Arab Emirates reportedly attempted pressure British authorities to extradite UK-based political dissidents in exchange for the ...

Malia Bouattia

Abul-Kasem is freed, but Egypt's authoritarian crackdown persists

Comment: British teenager Mohammed Fathi Abul-Kasem has been released, but it's time the UK government spoke out against its authoritarian allies, writes Malia Bouattia.

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British teenager accused of spying released from Egyptian prison

Mohammed Abul-Kasem said was detained three weeks ago for reportedly taking a picture of a military helicopter.

Paul McLoughlin

Power, passports and privilege: the state of the UAE

The UAE passport was last week reported to be the most powerful in the world. But the country's treatment of its stateless population and ...

The New Arab

UAE pressured detained British student 'to spy on UK'

During his interrogation, he was told he must steal documents from the UK Foreign Office in return for his freedom

Egypt arrests British teenager over aircraft photo

The New Arab & agencies

Egypt arrests British teenager over aircraft photo

The 19-year-old from Manchester was held on suspicion of spying, his family said.

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Jailed academic Matthew Hedges arrives in London from UAE

Jailed British academic Mathew Hedges has arrived in London, his family have said.

British academic <em>Hedges</em> jailed in UAE set for release

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British academic Hedges jailed in UAE set for release

Conflicting reports over whether pardoned British PhD student Matthew Hedges has already been released.

UAE pardons jailed British academic, anger over court process

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UAE pardons jailed British academic, anger over court process

Jailed British PhD student Mathew Hedges has been given a pardon by the UAE president, but anger remains over the presidential process.

British universities cut ties with UAE over student's jailing

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British universities cut ties with UAE over student's jailing

The sentencing of PhD student Matthew Hedges on Wednesday shocked Britain and put political pressure on Foreign Secretary ...

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