A pro-Palestinian protester said he had been forbidden to say from the river to the sea. This expression is used by pro-Palestinians, mobilizing to demand a single state on the land between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean. Some Jews hear this call as a clear demand for the destruction of Israel.
In addition, a small group of demonstrators protesting against the detention of activists by Emirati authorities – one from Egypt and two from the United Arab Emirates – was not allowed to hold up signs with their names written on them.
This is a shocking level of censorship in a space where the protection of fundamental freedoms such as freedom of expression, assembly and association has been guaranteed, #x27;Associated Press Joey Shea, a researcher at Human Rights Watch specializing in the United Arab Emirates.
What's more, the local population of Dubai, not being allowed to cross the blue zone, was excluded from the demonstrations. A restriction that worries Sébastien Duyck, lawyer in human rights and environmental law.
This is extremely problematic. Without the voice of civil society, without the voice of these demonstrations, we are having discussions that are far too weak. It is the role of civil society to push forward, and to recall the importance of truly respecting science, even if it bothers stakeholders.
A quote from Sébastien Duyck, lawyer in human rights and environmental law
In parallel with these demonstrations, the negotiations at COP28 continued, and a draft final text contains options for withdrawing or reducing fossil fuels.
We must realize that it is an unprecedented and historic situation to have in the text of a COP a draft agreement on the exit from all fossil fuels, explains Romain Ioualalen, head of international policies at Oil Change International .
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COP28 takes place from November 30 to December 12, 2023 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Canadian Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault, who plays a key role in the discussions, showed relative optimism , telling AFP that he was quite confident in having a mention of fossil fuels in the final text.
D' Elsewhere, protesters briefly staged a sit-in at the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) booth on Saturday over a leaked letter calling on the organization's member states to reject any attempt to include a phased reduction of fossil fuels in any summit text.
With information from Elisa Serret, Associated Press and Agence France-Presse