Opposition in the United Arab Emirates

15-11-2012

The Emirati government has reacted harshly to all signs of political activism on the ground and in cyberspace. Al-Islah is a moderate Islamist movement that calls for a more representative political system in the UAE. The Emirati authorities have led a systematic campaign to uproot the movement, which it considers a national security threat. The Emirati authorities have criticised the European Parliament resolution of 26 October 2012 which they regard as biased. The European Union should support the aspirations of Emirati citizens and work with state institutions but also with the emerging civil society.

The Emirati government has reacted harshly to all signs of political activism on the ground and in cyberspace. Al-Islah is a moderate Islamist movement that calls for a more representative political system in the UAE. The Emirati authorities have led a systematic campaign to uproot the movement, which it considers a national security threat. The Emirati authorities have criticised the European Parliament resolution of 26 October 2012 which they regard as biased. The European Union should support the aspirations of Emirati citizens and work with state institutions but also with the emerging civil society.