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The government imposes restrictions on fundamental human rights and freedoms, severely shrinking the civic space. Many human rights defenders, journalists, and activists have been subjected to arbitrary arrest, enforced disappearance, prolonged isolation, torture and other ill-treatment. The State security agency (SSA) is also involved in several human rights abuses under the pretext of national security. The members of OMCT’s SOS-Torture Network advocate for the release of human rights activists arbitrarily detained in UAE prisons.