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British Fact-Finding Committee: UAE's justice system is open to abuse and manipulation

04:39
12 Nov 2021
British Fact-Finding Committee: UAE's justice system is open to abuse and manipulation

A cross-party fact-finding panel of UK parliamentarians has found that the criminal justice system in the UAE is open to abuse and capable of manipulation, calling on the authorities to implement further reforms to protect human rights.

The committee, made up of British parliamentarians and international lawyers, submitted a report that included testimonies from women imprisoned in the UAE who provided evidence of mistreatment and human rights abuses in prisons.

The report said that Consular assistance provided to British women in the UAE whose rights have been breached also falls far short of expectations

The British Fact-Finding is concerning the rights of British women in the UAE called on the governments of Abu Dhabi and London to learn from the unresolved cases of both British and Emirati citizens who have suffered discrimination and injustice at the hands of the authorities.

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The Commission's report draws on testimonies from human rights organizations, victim testimonies, an analysis of legal sources, press reports and publicly available materials.

The panel consisted of Sir Peter Bottomley MP (Chair), Debbie Abrahams MP and Baroness Helena Kennedy QC. It was assisted by international human rights barristers, Rhys Davies and Ben Keith and Olivia Chesel.