United Arab Emirates
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is a federation of seven emirates led in practice by Abu Dhabi, the largest by area and richest in natural resources. Limited elections are held for a federal advisory body, but political parties are banned, and all executive, legislative, and judicial authority ultimately rests with the seven hereditary rulers. The civil liberties of both citizens and noncitizens, who make up an overwhelming majority of the population, are subject to significant restrictions.
Freedom in the World — United Arab Emirates Country Report
United Arab Emirates is rated Not Free in Freedom in the World 2023, Freedom House's annual study of political rights and civil liberties worldwide.
Freedom on the Net— United Arab Emirates Country Report
United Arab Emirates is rated Not Free in Freedom on the Net, Freedom House's comprehensive study of internet freedom around the globe.
News & Perspectives on United Arab Emirates
Freedom Improved in the Middle East, but Authoritarian Repression Persists
March 23, 2023
NEW REPORT: Freedom in the Middle East Improved Slightly in 2022
March 9, 2023
Amid COVID-19 Pandemic, Internet Freedom Is Under Attack in The Middle East and North Africa
January 19, 2021
United Arab Emirates: Stop the charade and release activists convicted at the mass UAE 94 trial
March 3, 2015
The Forgotten Five: Autocratic Regimes That Avoid International Criticism
January 7, 2015