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Yearbook 1997

United Arab Emirates. According to Countryaah, the authorities in Dubai, one of the seven emirates that are part of the United Arab Emirates, admitted that they expel foreigners who have been found to be HIV-infected. Nearly two-thirds of Dubai's oil-rich population consists of foreigners who need to apply for a residence permit or to renew their visas. On these occasions, the immigration authorities take blood tests on the applicants. Those who prove HIV positive are denied a residence permit and registered so that the authorities can check that they are not returning.

1997 United Arab Emirates

Two executions in the United Arab Emirates in mid-September were criticized by the EU. The criticism prompted the member states of the Persian Gulf Cooperation Council to formulate at a meeting in October a sharp note in which the EU was accused of involvement in the United Arab Emirates judiciary. The note asserted, inter alia, that the application of the Islamic law, sharian, has been proven to guarantee security, stability and economic, cultural and social prosperity.

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