Cop28 and the United Nations body responsible for overseeing the annual climate conference are facing criticism for their lack of clarity regarding the safety of activists who wish to demonstrate outside the conference area in Dubai.
This situation has raised concerns about the potential risk faced by civil society, considering that protests are typically prohibited in the country. With at least 80,000 people registered to attend the conference, including thousands of activists and members of civil society, concerns about their safety are mounting, as per The Guardian.
Rare Public Protests at UAE’s COP28 Climate Talks
The United Nations’ COP28 climate talks on Sunday saw a rare sight in the United Arab Emirates – public protests. From the largest demonstration since the start of the Israel-Hamas war to environmental issues, activists allowed into the UAE can protest under strict guidelines in this autocratic nation. This sets a unique precedent in a country that has typically limited dissent and stifled freedom of …