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Debt persecution in UAE likely to worsen in 2019

Debt persecution in UAE likely to worsen in 2019

Press Releases   •   Jan 17, 2019 12:41 GMT

Economic forecasts in the UAE indicate an increase in expected loan and mortgage defaults, which will lead to intensified persecution of debtors; Stirling cautions expats and business owners to be wary of easy credit, and get immediate help in financial troubles

Radha Stirling talks Gulf policy on women’s rights after prominent Sheikha Latifa & Rahaf Alqunun escapes

Radha Stirling talks Gulf policy on women’s rights after prominent Sheikha Latifa & Rahaf Alqunun escapes

Press Releases   •   Jan 16, 2019 14:39 GMT

After Saudi woman Rahaf al-Qunun and the escape attempt of Princess Latifa from Dubai attracted extensive press attention, Radha Stirling, founder of Detained in Dubai & representative of HRH Sheikha Latifa, talks about gulf attitudes towards women’s rights

​Calls for Dubai LitFest Boycott over free speech & human rights concerns - Mary Robinson announces withdrawal

​Calls for Dubai LitFest Boycott over free speech & human rights concerns - Mary Robinson announces withdrawal

Press Releases   •   Jan 14, 2019 16:58 GMT

Dubai will hold its annual literary festival from March 1-9 this year under the sponsorship of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Ruler of Dubai and UAE Prime Minister. A growing list of authors, intellectuals, and activists have called for a boycott of the event due to the UAE’s imprisonment of activist Ahmed Mansoor, and the country’s severe restrictions on free speech.

Only reform in Saudi can lead to Khashoggi justice

Only reform in Saudi can lead to Khashoggi justice

Press Releases   •   Jan 13, 2019 09:30 GMT

Having now passed 100 days since the brutal murder of Jamal Khashoggi by a Saudi hit squad in that country’s consulate in Istanbul, the question remains; will there ever be justice for Jamal Khashoggi?

Radha Stirling: "Rahaf's asylum bid shows Saudi's need to protect women from abuse".

Radha Stirling: "Rahaf's asylum bid shows Saudi's need to protect women from abuse".

Blog posts   •   Jan 09, 2019 13:42 GMT

Rahaf Alqunun fled Saudi, with the ultimate plan of seeking asylum in Australia. Her allegations of abuse highlight a lack of infrastructure in Saudi to protect women from abuse as well as a clear message that male guardianship laws need reform.

Radha Stirling: “World's commitment to women's rights tested in Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun case”

Radha Stirling: “World's commitment to women's rights tested in Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun case”

Press Releases   •   Jan 07, 2019 08:52 GMT

Saudi Arabia is attempting to force 18 year old Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun to return to the country after being apprehended in Thailand en route to Äustralia where she had hoped to seek asylum.

The truth about leaving debt behind in Dubai - Common questions answered by the debt team at Detained in Dubai

The truth about leaving debt behind in Dubai - Common questions answered by the debt team at Detained in Dubai

Blog posts   •   Jan 04, 2019 14:21 GMT

Leaving a debt behind in Dubai has proved more difficult with their abuse of the Interpol database and international enforcement agreements that have allowed them to take legal action abroad. There are a number of common questions that Detained in Dubai receives that need clarification for people who have found themselves in this situation.

Radha Stirling statement on Iran’s persecution of British national, Nazanin Zaghari-Radcliffe

Radha Stirling statement on Iran’s persecution of British national, Nazanin Zaghari-Radcliffe

Press Releases   •   Jan 03, 2019 16:12 GMT

Statement of Radha Stirling, Middle Eastern Criminal and Civil Justice Expert, Expert Witness and founder of Detained in Dubai issued the following statement in relation to hunger strike of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe

Gulf human rights abuses under spotlight as Australian footballers lobby against Hakeem's extradition to Bahrain & while Aussie Jo Sarlak suffers in Qatar as World Cup approaches

Gulf human rights abuses under spotlight as Australian footballers lobby against Hakeem's extradition to Bahrain & while Aussie Jo Sarlak suffers in Qatar as World Cup approaches

Blog posts   •   Jan 01, 2019 13:12 GMT

Opposition to footballer extradition to Bahrain while Qatar poised to host World Cup exposes uneven approach to human rights in Gulf states.

Radha Stirling Statement on Saudi Arabia Cabinet Shuffle

Radha Stirling Statement on Saudi Arabia Cabinet Shuffle

Press Releases   •   Dec 28, 2018 14:40 GMT

​Saudi Arabia announced a cabinet shuffle today that saw Foreign Minister Adel Al Jubeir ‘demoted’, though not altogether removed, and replaced by former Finance Minister Ibrahim Al Assaf. Many have commented that this change is little more than a damage-control PR maneuver by MBS to distance himself from the murder of Jamal Khashoggi; but that may be a superficial analysis of the move.

Detained in Dubai & Guernica 37 response - Mary Robinson meeting with Sheikha Latifa fails to answer key concerns

Detained in Dubai & Guernica 37 response - Mary Robinson meeting with Sheikha Latifa fails to answer key concerns

Press Releases   •   Dec 27, 2018 16:41 GMT

Mary Robinson recently met Princess Latifa Al Maktoum in Dubai in a supervised visit, and discussed her impressions on BBC Radio; Ms Robinson’s remarks conspicuously conform to the official narrative of the government, and fail to address the most crucial issues in the Latifa case

Australia & FIFA must pressure Interpol, Thailand & Bahrain to secure pro footballer's freedom

Australia & FIFA must pressure Interpol, Thailand & Bahrain to secure pro footballer's freedom

Press Releases   •   Dec 23, 2018 08:16 GMT

​Detention of Bahraini/Australian resident and pro footballer Hakeem AlAraibi in Thailand highlights Gulf state Interpol abuse. Extradition request by Bahrain against refugee who fled torture and political persecution exposes the trend of Interpol abuse by Gulf Arab countries who use financial contributions to influence the organisation’s procedures; Australia must intervene

Radha Stirling comments on the escalation of belligerent behaviour of the UAE

Radha Stirling comments on the escalation of belligerent behaviour of the UAE

Press Releases   •   Dec 06, 2018 18:58 GMT

​Radha Stirling comments on the escalation of belligerent behaviour of the UAE Upon her return from Washington D.C., having met with policy makers, academics, journalists and human rights organisations; Radha Stirling reflects on the current trajectory of the UAE’s relations with the international community: The killing of Jamal Khashoggi

Expanding Indo-UAE ties unsettling in light of Latifa incident

Expanding Indo-UAE ties unsettling in light of Latifa incident

Press Releases   •   Dec 04, 2018 19:05 GMT

Analysis Summary: Indo-UAE ties to expand Emirates’ sphere of influence a troubling development, given UAE’s record of human rights abuse and disregard for the rule of law; reveals short term thinking of Modi govt

​BBC2 documentary to expose UAE’s enforced disappearance of Dubai princess

​BBC2 documentary to expose UAE’s enforced disappearance of Dubai princess

Press Releases   •   Dec 04, 2018 14:54 GMT

On Thursday, December 6 BBC2 will air Escape from Dubai: the Mystery of the Missing Princess, reporting to a global audience the story of Sheikha Latifa al Maktoum, daughter of the Ruler of Dubai, who fled the UAE after allegedly years of abuse, only to be recaptured in a violent raid at sea; calling into question the image of the Emirates as a modern, liberal country

Power of UAE passport illustrates global silence over human rights abuses, crimes

Power of UAE passport illustrates global silence over human rights abuses, crimes

Press Releases   •   Dec 03, 2018 12:22 GMT

UAE passport today is the strongest in the world, reflecting a degree of global influence linked to SWF investments, tantamount to hush money to silence critics

Latifa case a turning point for UAE; US concern growing

Latifa case a turning point for UAE; US concern growing

Press Releases   •   Nov 30, 2018 15:40 GMT

Radha Stirling, CEO of Detained in Dubai discusses her attendance of US policy conference in Washington D.C. and discussions with policy makers

Frontiers of Freedom Conference in Washington today - Saudi Arabia & UAE:  Regional Adventures & US Interests

Frontiers of Freedom Conference in Washington today - Saudi Arabia & UAE: Regional Adventures & US Interests

Press Releases   •   Nov 30, 2018 07:44 GMT

Detained in Dubai founder and CEO, Radha Stirling, leading international expert on Human Rights and legal abuses in the UAE, will be speaking in Washington D.C. at the Frontiers of Freedom conference entitled, “Saudi Arabia & UAE: Regional Adventures & US Interests”. Other speakers at the event include Senator Rand Paul, Congressman Gerry Connolly, and the foundation’s president, George Landrith

Detention of Bahraini refugee in Thailand highlights Gulf state Interpol abuse

Press Releases   •   Nov 29, 2018 16:42 GMT

Extradition request by Bahrain against refugee who fled torture and political persecution exposes the trend of Interpol abuse by Gulf Arab countries who use financial contributions to influence the organisation’s procedures; Australia must intervene

Detained in Dubai statement on pardon of Matthew Hedges, Brit academic jailed for life for "spying" in the UAE

Detained in Dubai statement on pardon of Matthew Hedges, Brit academic jailed for life for "spying" in the UAE

Press Releases   •   Nov 26, 2018 10:01 GMT

Radha Stirling, CEO of Detained in Dubai, who have been actively pushing for the release of British academic Matthew Hedges, commented today on the pardon just issued by the UAE government.