Amnesty Warns of UAE Surveillance During UN Climate Summit

Source: Common Dreams

“With just two weeks until the next United Nations climate summit, Amnesty International on Wednesday expressed concerns about authorities in the United Arab Emirates using digital surveillance to target COP28 attendees and UAE residents alike. ‘It is no secret that targeted digital surveillance has long been weaponized in the United Arab Emirates to crush dissent and stifle freedom of expression,’ said Rebecca White, a campaigner with Amnesty’s Disrupting Surveillance Team, in a statement. ‘Prior to his arrest in 2017, human rights defender Ahmed Mansoor faced a string of cyberattacks facilitated by mercenary surveillance companies,’ she noted. ‘Known as ‘the last human rights defender’ in the UAE, Mansoor, who openly criticized the authorities, has been languishing in an Emirati prison for over six years.'” (11/15/23)