The latest trial saw 20 Egyptians and 10 Emiratis found guilty in a process marred by a litany of human rights and fair trial violations.The widening influence of security services, which act with complete impunity, causes grave concern for the safety of those brave enough to challenge repressive actions by the authorities.
With a worsening human rights record that includes the alleged torture of both British and Emirati citizens, shouldn’t this visit also be a chance to raise issues of concern with the president of the UAE?
It is impressive, but also expedient, that an EU
resolution condemning the human rights record of a vital trading partner has
passed, when UAE-EU trade totalled over twenty billion dollars in the first six
months of 2012.
Syrian diplomats have
been expelled and the UK Foreign Secretary William Hague has explained that his
priority is ‘to provide for the end of all violence’ amidst waves of public revulsion
at the growing atrocities in poor Syria. Isn’t this cynical manipulation and