UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – UAE Must Implement UN Recommendations on Rights to Freedom of Expression, Association, and Assembly
The UN’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of human rights practices in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) took place in January, during which many concerns were raised and over 230 recommendations given. The Gulf Centre for Human Rights has called on the government of the UAE to heed those recommendations and work to: respect freedom of expression, association, and assembly; end arbitrary detention, enforced disappearance, torture and unfair trials; protect human rights defenders; and establish a free and independent national human rights institution.
https://www.ifex.org/united_arab_emirates/2018/02/07/un-recommendations/ (IFEX, Gulf Centre for Human Rights, February 7, 2018)
TURKEY – Science Behind Bars: How a Turkish Physicist Wrote Research Papers in Prison
Turkish theoretical physicist , Ali Kaya , was arrested three months after that country’s failed coup in July 2016. He spent over a year in jail before being sentenced in December 2017 to six years imprisonment on the vague charge of belonging to a terrorist organization. Due to the time he had already served he was released early, and is fighting his conviction. While locked up he continued his scholarly pursuits, writing three research papers on fundamental topics in cosmology.
https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-018-01370-1 (Nature, Alison Abbott, January 30, 2018)
TURKEY – Turkey’s Politically Motivated Trials: Targeting Academics for Peace
Academics for Peace began in January 2016 with a petition in which Turkish scholars spoke out against human rights violations against Turkey’s Kurdish population. Hundreds of academics lost their jobs or scholarships in the wave of repression that followed. Now, criminal charges loom for the petition signers, who face the prospect of over 7 years in prison if convicted of violating the vague “terrorist propaganda” portion of Turkey’s Anti-Terrorism law.
https://www.indexoncensorship.org/2018/01/turkeys-politically-motivated-trials-targeting-academics-peace/ (Index on Censorship, Noemi Levy-Aksu, January 23, 2018)
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – UN Raises Concerns Over Human Rights Abuses
A report by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights depicts a bad situation regarding human rights in the UAE raising concerns over torture of prisoners, injustice against foreign workers, discrimination of women and trafficking of children. Those arrested are often subjected to torture, enforced disappearances, arbitrary detention, and unfair trial practices.
http://icfuae.org.uk/uae-in-the-media/un-raises-concern-over-human-rights-uae (Al Jazeera, January 10, 2018)
IRAN – The University of Tehran Working to Track Protesting Students Who Were Detained
A Committee has been established in an attempt to track the students who were detained following their participation in the recent anti-government protests in Iran. To date it is not clear how many students are involved.
http://www.cnn.com/2018/01/06/middleeast/iran-protests-intl/index.html (CNN, Laura Smith-Spark, January 6, 2018)