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​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.

​Asa Hutchinson convicted in absentia, sentenced to 3 months in Dubai jail after witnessing brawl

​Asa Hutchinson convicted in absentia, sentenced to 3 months in Dubai jail after witnessing brawl

Press Releases   •   Sep 18, 2018 12:06 BST

A Dubai court sentenced Briton Asa Hutchinson in absentia for being a witness to an alleged assault. Her testimony was dismissed, and she was denied the right to defend herself in court. The UAE frequently commits such violations of basic due process.

​Australians voicing outrage over Qatar’s mistreatment of citizen

​Australians voicing outrage over Qatar’s mistreatment of citizen

Press Releases   •   Sep 17, 2018 10:26 BST

68 year old Australian national Joseph Sarlak may spend the rest of his life in a Qatari prison after a local partner allegedly embezzled his company’s funds, and Australians are voicing their anger

British FCO confirms it is illegal for tourists to drink alcohol in the UAE and even in flight

British FCO confirms it is illegal for tourists to drink alcohol in the UAE and even in flight

Press Releases   •   Sep 06, 2018 19:32 BST

Following widespread confusion regarding the alcohol laws in the UAE, the UK government has advised citizens that it is illegal for tourists to drink alcohol in the country or en route to the country.

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Inside Detained In Dubai, the NGO representing Asa Hutchinson, and who secured the release from Dubai of Jamie Harron, Billy Barclay and Jamil Mukadam.  The CEO and founder, Radha Stirling talks candidly.

Inside Detained In Dubai, the NGO representing Asa Hutchinson, and who secured the release from Dubai of Jamie Harron, Billy Barclay and Jamil Mukadam. The CEO and founder, Radha Stirling talks candidly.

News   •   Dec 04, 2017 08:00 GMT

Recent world news has been full of high profile cases involving Brits and other expats treated inhumanely by Dubai's immature legal system. Torture, disproportionate punishments, Interpol abuse over minor debts and detention of unsuspecting tourists. One organisation is always there, fighting to get justice and fair treatment for the victims. A look behind the scenes of Detained In Dubai.

Scotland's Billy Barclay who escaped Dubai comes out in support of fellow Brits still trapped there

Scotland's Billy Barclay who escaped Dubai comes out in support of fellow Brits still trapped there

News   •   Oct 07, 2017 12:46 BST

British family man Billy Barclay, who narrowly escaped jail in the UAE recently adds his voice to the International campaign to free fellow Brits held in Dubai, Jamil Mukadam and Jamie Harron. Both face jail for offences frighteningly easy for any Western visitor to fall foul of. Billy believes the FCO ought to be much more vigilant in its warnings to travellers, and helpful to those in trouble