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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

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

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

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.