Rights group demands UAE reveal whereabouts of Libyans, Emiratis

DUBAI (Reuters) – An international human rights group on Sunday accused the United Arab Emirates of secretly arresting 10 Libyan citizens and six Emiratis in August and September and called on authorities in Abu Dhabi to reveal their whereabouts.

The UAE made no official comment on the report but a source familiar with legal procedures in the country said the individuals were being held in connection with financing terrorism and facilitating arms shipments to militants.

Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in a statement the circumstances surrounding the detentions appeared consistent with previous cases in which authorities had detained Emirati citizens associated with a local Islamist group and foreign nationals with alleged ties to the Muslim Brotherhood.

“The new disappearances are evidence of the UAE’s increasingly repressive behaviour,” said Joe Stork, deputy Middle East and North Africa director at HRW…

This behaviour of the UAE in no way would contradict supporting extremist groups to overthrow Assad in Syria. They fear the Muslim Brotherhood just like the Saudis do — a threat to their monarchies.

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