Rights groups urged UAE to end trial of pro-democracy activists

On July 16, 2011, a group of human rights groups, including the Human Rights Watch (HRW) and the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI), urged United Arab Emirates (UAE) authorities to cease the trial of five pro-democracy activists charged with publicly insulting UAE leaders. In April 2011, HRW had called for the UAE government to reverse its decision to dissolve the board of directors of the Jurist Association, a prominent civil rights group. In October 2010, HRW condemned a UAE federal Supreme Court ruling affirming the right of husbands to discipline their wives as a violation of UAE treaty obligations. In April of 2012, Amnesty International (AI) and HRW again demanded an end to arrests and the freeing of political activists.

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