Human Rights Group Denounces UAE for Detaining Afghan Evacuees

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A human rights group has accused the United Arab Emirates (UAE) of arbitrarily detaining more than 2,000 Afghan evacuees who fled their country after the Taliban takeover in August 2021.
Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in a report released on Wednesday that the Afghans have been held for over 15 months in Emirates Humanitarian City, a facility in Abu Dhabi that was converted into refugee housing.
The report said that many of the detainees are suffering from depression and other psychological problems, have no access to legal counsel, and have inadequate educational services for their children.
It also said that living conditions have deteriorated significantly, with overcrowding, decay of infrastructure, and insect infestations.
The report said that HRW received no responses to requests for comment from the UAE ministries of interior and foreign affairs.
Some of them told HRW that they could not freely leave the site, with security guards or minders watching them closely on hospital visits and during their only shopping mall visit they have been permitted.
HRW also said that some detainees reported being threatened with deportation back to Afghanistan if they complained about their situation or spoke to media outlets.
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