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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.

Radha Stirling, CEO of Detained in Dubai, statement on the shock life sentencing of UK student Matthew Hedges for "spying" in UAE.

Radha Stirling, CEO of Detained in Dubai, statement on the shock life sentencing of UK student Matthew Hedges for "spying" in UAE.

Press Releases   •   Nov 21, 2018 13:35 GMT

UK student Matthew Hedges faces life behind bars in the UAE for allegedly spying against the desert nation. A charge he vehemently denies.

Detained in Dubai advises re-evaluation of Western ties with UAE in wake of UK PHD student Matthew Hedges arrest

Detained in Dubai advises re-evaluation of Western ties with UAE in wake of UK PHD student Matthew Hedges arrest

Press Releases   •   Oct 12, 2018 10:38 BST

It has been a bad year for the UAE. First, the daughter of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Ruler of Dubai, records a video detailing horrific abuse she and her sister suffered at his hands; then she tries to escape the country. The UAE and India illegally raid the American-registered yacht that was ferrying her to safety, and kidnap all those onboard

Young British academic detained in UAE for ‘spying’

Young British academic detained in UAE for ‘spying’

Press Releases   •   Oct 11, 2018 12:02 BST

Matthew Hedges being held in solitary confinement, incommunicado, since May over national security allegations stemming from his PhD research. UAE increasingly clamping down on flow of information

Briton trapped in Mallorca, Spain facing extradition proceedings to Qatar over £30k debt - Latest victim of Gulf states’ misuse of  Interpol as an instrument for debt collection

Briton trapped in Mallorca, Spain facing extradition proceedings to Qatar over £30k debt - Latest victim of Gulf states’ misuse of Interpol as an instrument for debt collection

Press Releases   •   Sep 25, 2018 14:23 BST

Steven Williams trapped in Spain awaiting extradition proceedings that may result in a decades long prison sentence in Qatar over a debt he was paying; Qatar, like the UAE, using financial aid to Interpol to turn the organisation into a tool of debt collection

United Nations considers next actions to find missing Princess Latifa after India and UAE’s failure to respond

United Nations considers next actions to find missing Princess Latifa after India and UAE’s failure to respond

Press Releases   •   Sep 20, 2018 07:28 BST

Geneva is a long way from the Arabian Gulf, but last Friday, a special closed session of the UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances (WGEID) heard testimony from witnesses and international experts about the disturbing events surrounding the abduction of Sheikha Latifa Al Maktoum off the coast of India.

Brit alleged missing after Dubai rules extradition to India in apparent reciprocation for India’s role in kidnapping of Sheikha Latifa

Brit alleged missing after Dubai rules extradition to India in apparent reciprocation for India’s role in kidnapping of Sheikha Latifa

Press Releases   •   Sep 19, 2018 10:58 BST

UAE apparently expediting extradition of Briton in an exchange of political favours with India in wake of Latifa abduction

​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.

Amnesty International joins Detained in Dubai, The United Nations, and Human Rights Watch in calls for Dubai Princess Latifa's freedom

Amnesty International joins Detained in Dubai, The United Nations, and Human Rights Watch in calls for Dubai Princess Latifa's freedom

Press Releases   •   Sep 04, 2018 12:40 BST

Detained in Dubai welcomes Amnesty International’s calls for release of Princess Latifa Al Maktoum, daughter of the Ruler of Dubai, who has been detained incommunicado for six months in the UAE after being abducted by Indian and Emirati special forces during an attempt to flee the country to seek asylum in America

Indian family man & lawyer Johnson George, breaks down in court after being denied bail in RAK for doing his job

Indian family man & lawyer Johnson George, breaks down in court after being denied bail in RAK for doing his job

Press Releases   •   Aug 30, 2018 11:06 BST

Indian national Johnson George has been jailed since January 2018 on allegations of breach of trust he strongly denies.

British/Irish grandfather’s UAE jail nightmare after disagreement with hotel staff over visiting friend

British/Irish grandfather’s UAE jail nightmare after disagreement with hotel staff over visiting friend

Press Releases   •   Aug 22, 2018 16:18 BST

John Murphy, a 52 year old family man has already spent 6 weeks in “hellish” UAE jail after hotel staff reported him to police following argument about an “unauthorised” visit from cousin and church friend. John faces a further 3 years of captivity.