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Amnesty International: UAE's glitzy facade hides 'ugly reality' for rights

  • FILE-- In this Sept. 25, 2012 file photo, people enjoy their free time at Armani Cafe in Dubai Mall in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The UAE has quietly mounted “an unprecedented clampdown on dissent” since 2011, with more than 100 political activists jailed or prosecuted for calling for political reforms, leading human rights group Amnesty International said in a report released Monday. Dubai is home to the world’s tallest tower and one of the world’s biggest malls. The UAE, home to Abu Dhabi and Dubai, is ruled by families, like much of the energy-rich Gulf.  (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili, File)

    FILE-- In this Sept. 25, 2012 file photo, people enjoy their free time at Armani Cafe in Dubai Mall in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The UAE has quietly mounted “an unprecedented clampdown on dissent” since 2011, with more than 100 political activists jailed or prosecuted for calling for political reforms, leading human rights group Amnesty International said in a report released Monday. Dubai is home to the world’s tallest tower and one of the world’s biggest malls. The UAE, home to Abu Dhabi and Dubai, is ruled by families, like much of the energy-rich Gulf. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE-- In this July 30, 2009 file photo, cars pass by a billboard showing Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, United Arab Emirates Prime Minister and ruler of Dubai, left, and UAE President Sheik Khalifa bin Zayed Al-Nahyan with Arabic writing that reads, 'Long live Emirates unity, National Day' in Dubai, UAE. The UAE has quietly mounted “an unprecedented clampdown on dissent” since 2011, with more than 100 political activists jailed or prosecuted for calling for political reforms, leading human rights group Amnesty International said in a report released Monday. The UAE is ruled by families, like much of the energy-rich Gulf. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili, File)

    FILE-- In this July 30, 2009 file photo, cars pass by a billboard showing Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, United Arab Emirates Prime Minister and ruler of Dubai, left, and UAE President Sheik Khalifa bin Zayed Al-Nahyan with Arabic writing that reads, 'Long live Emirates unity, National Day' in Dubai, UAE. The UAE has quietly mounted “an unprecedented clampdown on dissent” since 2011, with more than 100 political activists jailed or prosecuted for calling for political reforms, leading human rights group Amnesty International said in a report released Monday. The UAE is ruled by families, like much of the energy-rich Gulf. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE-- In this Nov. 1, 2013 file photo, Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany steers his car during the first free practice at the Yas Marina racetrack in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The UAE has quietly mounted “an unprecedented clampdown on dissent” since 2011, with more than 100 political activists jailed or prosecuted for calling for political reforms, leading human rights group Amnesty International said in a report released Monday. Abu Dhabi is set to host the Formula One Grand Prix this weekend, attracting some of the world’s wealthiest spectators and tourists. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar, File)

    FILE-- In this Nov. 1, 2013 file photo, Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany steers his car during the first free practice at the Yas Marina racetrack in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The UAE has quietly mounted “an unprecedented clampdown on dissent” since 2011, with more than 100 political activists jailed or prosecuted for calling for political reforms, leading human rights group Amnesty International said in a report released Monday. Abu Dhabi is set to host the Formula One Grand Prix this weekend, attracting some of the world’s wealthiest spectators and tourists. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar, File)  (The Associated Press)

Leading human rights group Amnesty International says the United Arab Emirates has quietly mounted an unprecedented clampdown on dissent since 2011, with more than 100 activists jailed or prosecuted for calling for political reform.

The nearly 80-page report by Amnesty, released early Tuesday, says the Western-allied Gulf Arab country tries to project an image of glitz and glamor, but that beneath this facade "is a much uglier reality, where activists who dare to challenge the authorities or speak out in favor of greater democracy and government accountability are thrown into jail."

The UAE, home to Abu Dhabi and Dubai, is ruled by sheiks who inherit their posts. Amnesty said authorities responded to the report by saying that the promotion of human rights is an "ongoing process."