United Arab Emirates. In March, the United Arab Emirates
decided to purchase 80 F-16C/D Block 60 Desert Falcon
fighter aircraft from US manufacturer Lockheed Martin. The
contract, which was worth $ 6.4 billion, had been discussed
since the mid-1990s.
COUNTRYAAH, police were reported in November to have freed two
Pakistani little boys who had been kidnapped in their home
country and used as riders on camel races for three months.
Although riders weighing less than 45 kg may not be used, it
is common for small boys to be fetched from southern Asia to
be used by camel owners.
The Emirate's 86-year-old President Sheikh Zayid
underwent a kidney transplant in the United States in August
and returned home in November, apparently healthy.
In May, 32-year-old Athiraman Kannan committed suicide by
leaping from the 126th floor of the Burj Khalifa building.
It was the 26th suicide of an Indian in 2011. The background
was that Kannan's employer had refused to allow him to visit
India. 88.5% of UAE residents are migrant workers who lack
most rights. the right to organize.
In December, the authorities deprived 6 members of the
Islamic NGO el-Islah of their UAE citizenship. In April
2012, eight members of the organization were arrested and
charged with subversive business. The arrests continued in
the following months. By March, the authorities had closed
two international NGOs: the National Democratic Institute
linked to the Democrats in the United States and the Konrad
Adenauer Stiftung linked to the CDU in Germany.
Also in April, the authorities arrested 3 British
citizens for narcotic smuggling. They were subjected to
torture and electrical torture, prompting the country's
close allies, Britain, to express "concern" over the
treatment. When Khalifa visited the UK two years later, the
UK visited the case with him and the three were released in
In July 2013, a Norwegian woman was sentenced to 16
months in prison for "sex outside marriage" after she
reported that she had been raped. She was lucky she was
Norwegian, for the verdict triggered international protests
that motivated the authorities to pardon and release her.
Less fortunate were 61 human rights activists who were also
sentenced in July to up to 10 years in prison. They were
denied the right to appeal and were tortured as part of the
In January 2014, sheikh Khalifa was struck by a brain
haemorrhage, which he survived. That same month, 20
Egyptians and 10 UAE nationals were sentenced to up to 5
years in prison, accused of wanting to set up a local branch
of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood in the country. They were
subjected to torture and were denied access to legal
assistance for several months before the trial.
In August 2014, Khalifa issued Terrorism Act 7. The
definition of terrorism is so broad that it can be used
against all kinds of political protests and punish the death
penalty for them. In November, the state news agency
announced that a list of terrorist organizations had been
prepared. Including Muslim organizations that worked fully
legally in, among other things, US and Norway. The list,
like the corresponding western lists, illustrated the
complete arbitrariness of the character of terror.
The migrant workers in the UAE work under slave-like
conditions. During 2014, dozens of them were deported after
conducting a strike, which is illegal in the UAE.
In 2014, the Western world launched a fierce campaign
against Islamic State (IS) in Iraq and Syria, accused of
using medieval punitive methods. The same methods are used
in the Gulf states - including the UAE - and Saudi Arabia.
Cutting down limbs, whipping, stoning and capital punishment
is written into the laws of the land. 21 were sentenced to
death in the UAE in 2014 and at least 1 verdict was
enforced. A woman in Abu Dhabi was sentenced to death in May
for stoning for adultery.