It's heartwarming to learn that in the United Arab Emirates 2019 is the Year of Tolerance, 'highlighting the UAE as a global capital for tolerance, and emphasizing tolerance as a universal concept aimed at entrenching the values of tolerance, dialogue, coexistence and openness to different cultures'.
Overseen by the Minister for Tolerance, Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan (pictured), The Year of Tolerance has a dedicated website www.theyearoftolerance.ae.
That's how seriously UAE's government takes this tolerance business.
Human Rights Watch World Report 2019:
UAE authorities have launched a sustained assault on freedom of expression and association since 2011. The UAE arbitrarily detains and forcibly disappears individuals who criticize the authorities within the UAE's borders. UAE residents who have spoken about human rights issues are at serious risk of arbitrary detention, imprisonment, and torture. Many are serving long prison terms or have left the country under pressure.
The United Arab Emirates' intolerance of criticism continued in 2018 as authorities in May sentenced Ahmed Mansoor, an Emirati award-winning human rights activist, to a 10-year prison sentence for exercising his right to free expression. The government continues to arbitrarily detain and forcibly disappear individuals who criticize authorities.
UAE law permits domestic violence. Article 53 of the penal code allows the imposition of 'chastisement by a husband to his wife and the chastisement of minor children' so long as the assault does not exceed the limits of Islamic law. Marital rape is not a crime.
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