TWO EMINENT QC’S JOIN GROWING CAMPAIGN TO FREE PRINCESS LATIFA #FREELATIFA

Press releases   •   Jul 11, 2019 03:33 BST

Leading Queens Counsel Alun Jones QC calls on UK Government to respect rule of law in relations to kidnapping of Princess Latifa, while Rodney Dixon QC, who is also representing British PHD Student Matthew Hedges accused of spying in the UAE, confirms he will explore all legal options and call on the UAE for a judgement against the UAE and to release Princess Latifa.

Dubai ruler takes runaway wife to London's High Court in unprecedented custody battle for their two children - as Sheikha Latifa remains missing after brutal kidnap by her father in March 2018 #FREELATIFA

News   •   Jul 03, 2019 06:38 BST

  • Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Maktoum is taking his estranged wife to court
  • He is battling Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein in London for custody of their two children
  • Move confirms that the couple have separated as High Court date has been set
  • She is believed to have moved into an £85million town house in Kensington 

Tiina Jauhiainen, of the Free Latifa campaign, said: 'This is a very significant in terms of a major protest against the oppressive regime of the Crown Prince by his own wife.

'We would urge Princess Haya to use her global power and influence to help free Latifa and suffering because of her own father's abusive treatment of her. Princess Haya has the chance to help save her life.

'Princess Latifa's life is at stake. She may be a princess, but this is about freedom and equality. Equality, dignity and the right of self-determination for millions of women across the Middle East is at stake.

'We hope that Princess Haya and her children are safe and that she well use her new found freedom to speak publicly about what has really happened to Latifa and we would urge her to contact us and join our campaign.'

Sheikh Mohammed is yet to comment.Full article here 

Daily Mail Article

Free Latifa campaign director Tiina Jauhiainen, talks to the Daily Mail for its exclusive story about Sheikha Latifa's step mother, Princess Haya's UK custody battle with Latifa's father, as the Dubai ruler seeks return of his children with princess Haya to Dubai.

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STATEMENT FROM THE FREE LATIFA CAMPAIGN - PRINCESS HAYA AND MARY ROBINSON

Press releases   •   Jul 01, 2019 10:23 BST

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Princess Haya and her young children at this time and we hope they have found safe sanctuary away from Dubai. Her courageous decision to leave her husband and seek asylum and divorce further highlights the dubious role of Mary Robinson, the former UN human rights commissioner and Irish President.

MOTHERS DAY CALLS TO MOTHER OF KIDNAPPED PRINCESS LATIFA TO RELEASE HER AS FAMILY PICTURES RELEASED

Press releases   •   May 12, 2019 13:18 BST

Never before seen pictures released of Houria Lamara, one of the wives of Dubai Ruler Sheikh Mohammed Al Maktoum and mother of kidnapped and tortured Sheikha Latifa Today, on international mothers day, Tiina Jauhiainen, the best friend of kidnapped Dubai Princess, Sheikha Latifa Al Maktoum has called on Latifa’s estranged Mother Houria Lamara to help free Latifa.

FORMER IRISH PRESIDENT ACCUSED OF HYPOCRISY OVER HER ROLE IN PRINCESS LATIFA KIDNAP COVERUP

Press releases   •   May 09, 2019 21:11 BST

Mary Robinson the former Irish President and former United Nations Human rights chief currently embroiled in controversy for her part in the cover up of the kidnap of Princess Latifa by the UAE, has received further widespread criticism for a recent article in the Independent.

PRINCESS LATIFA’S CLOSE FRIENDS JOIN FREE LATIFA CAMPAIGN TEAM

Press releases   •   Apr 24, 2019 19:12 BST

Two more of Princess Latifa’s close friends have joined Free Latifa campaign director and Latifa’s best friend Tiina Jauhiainen to manage the official campaign to free Princess Latifa. Latifa’s close friends Stefania Martinengo and Marko Remes join Tiina Jauhiainen and David Haigh at the FreeLatifa campaign

Ahmed Mansoor declares hunger strike over poor prison conditions and unfair trial

Press releases   •   Apr 09, 2019 15:48 BST

Reliable sources have confirmed that leading Emirati human rights activist, Ahmed Mansoor, has been on hunger strike for nearly three weeks in protest over his inhumane detention conditions and unfair trial.

He is allegedly being held in solitary confinement, in a cell with no bed or running water, and with no access to a shower, local sources told the Gulf Centre for Human Rights, who added that is health had deteriorated significantly since being detained in al-Sadr prison.

Ahmed Mansoor is one of the world’s most prominent human rights defenders. Over the years he has worked extensively with international organisations to advocate for basic civil and political rights in the UAE. He has a seat on the advisory committee at Human Rights Watch and the Gulf Centre for Human Rights.

In May 2018, he was sentenced to 10 years in prison for “defaming the UAE through social media channels.” An appeal to overturn this verdict was rejected on 31 December 2018.

Prior to his trial Ahmed Mansoor was held without charge for over a year in an unverified location and was denied the right to appoint a lawyer of his choosing. Nor did he have access to independent legal counsel during his trial.

His case has sparked significant international condemnation. Notably, from a number of United Nations human rights experts, the European Parliament’s Subcommittee on human rights (DROI), the European Parliament and multiple human rights organisations, including Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International, who have repeatedly called for the annulment of his sentence and his immediate and unconditional release.

ICFUAE Statement

“ICFUAE reiterates its calls for the immediate and unconditional release of Ahmed Mansoor. Pending this, however, we urge the Emirati authorities to treat him in line with the UN’s Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners, which guarantees the provision of medical care and sanitary prison conditions. To ensure this, it is imperative that international NGOs be allowed access to al-Sadr prison to visit Mansoor. In reality, all that Ahmed is guilty of is raising awareness of the systematic human rights violations in his country. He must be released. “

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  1. For more information or comment, please contact ICFUAE at joe@icfuae.org.uk or 44 7979 6666 98

   2.For the original story, please see https://www.gc4hr.org/news/view/2109

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CALL FOR WIFE OF DUBAI’S BILLIONAIRE RULER TO BE STRIPPED OF UN STATUS

Press releases   •   Apr 09, 2019 12:02 BST

CALL FOR WIFE OF DUBAI’S BILLIONAIRE RULER TO BE STRIPPED OF UN STATUS Call comes as kidnapping survivor accuses Robinson of ‘tarnished reputation’ London, 9 April 2019 – Leading NGOs, human rights lawyers and campaigners working for the release of a captured Dubai princess have called on the United Nations to strip the wife of Dubai’s ruler of her status as a UN Messenger of Peace.

BBC DOCUMENTARY ON PRINCESS LATIFA’S BRAVE ESCAPE FROM DUBAI WINS AMNESTY AWARD.

Press releases   •   Apr 03, 2019 19:02 BST

The winners of Amnesty International UK’s prestigious Media Awards 2019 have been announced at a ceremony in London this evening, with the BBC Documentary of Princess Latifa taking the most prestigious award for best documentary.

Mossad officers are believed to have investigated and tortured Palestenian Mahran Baajour in Ghana

Press releases   •   Apr 01, 2019 14:30 BST

Date: 01/04/2019

Palestinian citizen Mahran Baajour reveals astonishing facts during his abduction in Ghana

Mossad officers are believed to have investigated and tortured Baajour

Bajour was subjected to brutal torture and ill-treatment

The Ghanaian authorities must open an investigation into the crime of kidnapping and torturing Baajour and bring those responsible to justice

Arab Organisation for Human Rights in the UK (AOHR UK) stated that Palestinian citizen Mahran Mustafa Baajour, 39, has been subjected to enforced disappearance and torture in Ghana by security agents, believed to be Mossad agents, since his arrest on 13 December 2018 until his release in March 2019.

Baajour arrived in Ghana on 13 December 2018 on a business trip. He was arrested after leaving the airport of Ghanaian capital Accra, without justification. He was arrested along with two other Ghanaian nationals who were at his reception, and they were all taken to an unknown location. The two Ghanaian men were later released and they informed Baajour's family of his arrest.

During his detention, Baajour’s family contacted the relevant authorities in Ghana, including the Internal Intelligence, to inquire about the reasons and place of his detention; however, the authorities denied his presence in Ghana or that they had arrested him in the first place. His fate remained unknown until the moment of his release.

AOHR UK confirmed that Baajour was subjected to physical torture, beating all over his body, psychological torture, insult and verbal abuse by white-skinned officers speaking little Arabic language. Some officers’ clothes had Hebrew writings on it.

In his statement to the organization, Baajour said: “As soon as I left the airport in Accra, four cars surrounded the car I was in, with another two Ghanaian men who were at my reception.

They arrested us without showing a legal warrant, without disclosing the agency they belong to and took us to another place, where they exchanged cars. They took me to an unknown place, I still do not know, and I was handcuffed the whole time.

I asked them about the detention center or agency, they told me they are from the International Counter-Terrorism Agency. White-skinned men, who knew little Arabic, started investigating me. They were 14 men from different nationalities as they told me. I noticed on a coat, which belongs to one of them, Hebrew badges, Hebrew written papers, and some of them used Hebrew words like “Shekel”.

I was interrogated about the situation of the refugees in Lebanon, the Lebanese and Palestinian political forces, some terrorist activities and operations that were not related to me and I told them so. They tortured me in various ways for 35 days. They detained me in a narrow room, 1x1 meters, deprived me of sleep for up to three consecutive days, poured cold water on me and beat me on the head strongly, in addition to handcuffing my hands and feet all the time. They threatened me with kidnapping my 12-year-old daughter and killing her, while verbally abusing me.”,

Baajour added, “I lost 25 kg of weight because of the starvation I was subjected to. For the whole duration of my detention, I only ate one tomato and a cucumber daily. I also suffered many injuries and bruises due to torture. I asked to be seen by a doctor to treat my injuries, but they ignored my request.

I believe the interrogation process did not take place in one country. I was taken by plane for hours to change the location of the investigation. I was blindfolded and could not identify the location or the state.

While releasing me, they told me not to speak of what had happened or the airport from which I traveled back, which was in Kenya as I learned later.”

The Ghanaian authorities must open a transparent and extensive investigation into the enforced disappearance as well as the torture Baajour has been through at the hands of Ghanaian and foreign security personnel, which violates Ghanaian as well as international laws.

The Ghanaian authorities must bring those responsible for this crime to justice.

AOHR UK condemns the cooperation between the Ghanaian and Kenyan security services with the Israeli Mossad, which is known for its brutality and its various international crimes.

AOHR UK calls on the UN Working Group on Enforced Disappearances and the Special Rapporteur on torture to investigate the enforced disappearance and torture of Baajour.

Arab Organisation for Human Rights in UK

About Stirling Haigh: Stirling Haigh is an international legal consultancy, crisis manager and strategic advisory firm focusing on Dubai, UAE and the wider Middle East. Since its formation in 2016 by British human rights lawyer David Haigh with australian marketing consultant Radha Stirling, Stirling Haigh rapidly became Dubai’s most prominent civil and criminal legal specialist leading to it working on behalf of members of the UAE ruling family including Princess Latifa AL Maktoum, the daughter of the ruler of Dubai and Vice President and Prime minster of the UAE.

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Arab Organisation for Human Rights in the UK (AOHR UK) stated that Palestinian citizen Mahran Mustafa Baajour, 39, has been subjected to enforced disappearance and torture in Ghana by security agents, believed to be Mossad agents, since his arrest on 13 December 2018 until his release in March 2019.

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About Detained International: Detained International is a not for profit legal advocacy NGO, focusing on the protection and promotion of justice and human rights in Dubai, UAE and the wider Middle East. Detained International provides pro bono legal counselling to victims of injustice and other human rights violations, seeking recourse to international law mechanisms. Founded in 2018 by UAE torture victim David Haigh, a prominent Human rights lawyer and justice and equality advocate.

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