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Yearbook 2012

United Arab Emirates. According to countryaah, the conflict with Iran over the sovereignty over an island group in the Strait of Hormuz has rekindled since Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and a group of Iranian parliamentarians visited the island of Abu Musa in April. Visitors declared that the island, as well as the adjacent Great and Little Tunb, was Iranian territory. The United Arab Emirates called home its ambassador from Tehran, canceled a scheduled football match between the countries and demanded that formal negotiations on the islands be initiated. At the same time as Iran's military presence on the islands was reported to increase, forces from the Gulf States Cooperation Council (GCC), which includes the United Arab Emirates, conducted military exercises in the area.

2012 United Arab Emirates

One setback to freedom of speech in the country was the tightening of Internet legislation announced in November. It became illegal to damage the state or its institutions via the internet, disseminate information that could disrupt public order and express disdain for Islam and other religions. Anyone who violated the ban risked at least three years in prison. Since March, at least 60 oppositionists have been arrested. Some of them belonged to the Islamist Islamist movement, which the regime believed was part of a conspiracy against the state.

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