Rights Group: Dubai Event Cancelled on Short Notice

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – A leading international watchdog said its press conference in Dubai on human rights issues in the United Arab Emirates has been abruptly cancelled.

Rights Group: Dubai Event Cancelled on Short Notice

Human Rights Watch said it was told by the Novotel Hotel that Thursday's conference was cancelled because a government permit was needed.

The conference was supposed to discuss the latest report by the New York-based group on the state of human rights in the Emirates, AP reported.

HRW said no permit was requested since it booked event space a month ago and alleges the cancellation underscores threats to freedom of expression in the Persian Gulf nation.

The hotel and government authorities made no immediate comment.

But the speaker of the UAE's Federal National Council, Mohammed Ahmed al-Murr, has denounced the HRW report in comments to state news agency WAM.

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