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

On 21 June 2022, the GDP and 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.

The GDP and did not receive a response from any of the three agencies. Therefore on 17 December 2022, the GDP re-submitted these information requests. As of 22 December, the GDP has yet to receive responses.