UAE upbraids EU Parliament over human rights resolution

October 27, 2012 14:06

DUBAI - The United Arab Emirates has condemned a European Parliament resolution criticizing its human rights record as "biased and prejudiced", accusing the chamber of insufficient research.

The resolution, which was passed on Friday, attacked the Gulf Arab state's treatment of political dissidents and its use of the death penalty while calling on the major oil producer to respect the rights of women and migrant workers.

The UAE is the world's fifth-largest oil exporter and is an important business partner for the European Union, with bilateral trade last year reaching 41.4 billion euros. Abu Dhabi and Dubai, the richest, most populous of the seven emirates, are also home to many European nationals.

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