The GDP and Migrant-Rights Submit Freedom of Information Requests to Government Agencies in UAE

On 21 June 2022, the GDP and Migrant-Rights.org submitted freedom of information requests regarding immigration detention practices to UAE’s Ministry of Interior; Judicial Department (Human Rights Office); Federal Authority for Government Human Resources; Ministry of Human Resources Emiratisation; and Statistics Center.

In particular, we requested the following information:

  1. The number of non-citizens detained or arrested in 2019, 2020, and 2021 – including disaggregated data on the number of detained men, women, and children.
  2. Information on the number of people to be deported in 2019, 2020, and 2021 for immigration-related reasons.
  3. A complete list of facilities employed for immigration detention purposes.

As of October 2022, the GDP and Migrant-Rights.org had not received a response from any of the three agencies.