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The special rapporteur on torture said he had received credible information that authorities subjected the men to torture.
In May 2016, the Federal Supreme Court acquitted the men of having links to armed groups in Libya.
Haigh said that he regularly witnessed prison officers beating inmates during his two years of incarceration.
Haigh said he was not able to see the evidence against him at his trial and that he was not able to give evidence or cross-examine witnesses.
Foreigners account for more than 88.5 percent of UAE residents, according to 2011 government statistics and many low-paid migrant workers remain acutely vulnerable to forced labor, despite some reforms.
A Labor Ministry decree outlining the rules for terminating employment and granting work permits to new employees took effect in 2016.
Some of these charges, according to local media reports, relate to “six tweets and images ridiculing the Egyptian president and government.” UAE-based Jordanian journalist Tayseer al-Najjar informed his family that his detention in 2016 is related to his online criticism of Israeli military actions in Gaza and Egyptian security forces’ destruction of tunnels between Gaza and the Sinai region of Egypt.
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.
However, article 356 of the penal code criminalizes (but does not define) “indecency,” and provides for a minimum sentence of one year in prison.For instance, the law provides that, for a woman to marry, her male guardian must conclude her marriage contract; men have the right to unilaterally divorce their wives, whereas a woman who wishes to divorce her husband must apply for a court order; a woman can lose her right to maintenance if, for example, she refuses to have sexual relations with her husband without a lawful excuse; and women are required to “obey” their husbands.A woman may be considered disobedient, with few exceptions, if she decides to work without her husband’s consent.UAE residents known to have spoken with international rights groups are at serious risk of arbitrary detention and imprisonment.The UAE’s 2014 counterterrorism law provides for the death penalty for people whose activities are found to “undermine national unity or social peace,” neither of which are defined in the law.