Further evidence emerged regarding the frequent mistreatment of detainees.The UAE deployed expensive surveillance software to target leading human rights activists.The new decrees do not apply to domestic workers, who are explicitly excluded from UAE labor law protections.
In February, a group of United Nations human rights experts, including the special rapporteur on torture, the special rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers, and the chair of the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, criticized the UAE’s treatment of five Libyan nationals who had been held in arbitrary detention since 2014.
The UAE’s penal code does not explicitly prohibit homosexuality.
However, article 356 of the penal code criminalizes (but does not define) “indecency,” and provides for a minimum sentence of one year in prison.
The UAE maintained its military involvement in Yemen, where it is assisting in the Saudi-led military campaign against Houthi forces, also known as Ansar Allah.
It is unclear if the UAE air force is still taking part in coalition airstrikes, but Emirati troops remain on the ground in the south of the country.