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British "facebook-horse" post prisoner in Dubai free to return home

British "facebook-horse" post prisoner in Dubai free to return home

Press Releases   •   Apr 11, 2019 12:34 BST

Laleh Shahravesh, the British mum detained in Dubai over a years old Facebook post, looks set to be free

Still no freedom for Brit mum held for Facebook post, as judge postpones trial without date

Still no freedom for Brit mum held for Facebook post, as judge postpones trial without date

Press Releases   •   Apr 11, 2019 09:52 BST

Further anguish for British homeless shelter worker trapped in Dubai. Laleh Shahravesh was told she would hear her fate today, only to be told by the Emirati judge that the case would be postponed, and no date given as to when.

"Is my mum coming home, or going to jail?" Anguish of teen daughter as Brit mum waits to hear her fate in Dubai

"Is my mum coming home, or going to jail?" Anguish of teen daughter as Brit mum waits to hear her fate in Dubai

Press Releases   •   Apr 10, 2019 11:47 BST

Tomorrow, 14-year-old Paris Shahravesh Correia Dos Santos finds out if her mum is coming home, or going to jail. Laleh Shahravesh, Paris’ mother, is being charged with violating Cybercrime laws in the United Arab Emirates for posting a mean comment on social media about her ex-husband’s new wife. She faces up to two years in prison and a $50,000 fine if convicted.

"Please let my mum come home your Highness."  Daughter of Brit mum trapped in Dubai for Facebook post writes heartbreaking letter to Sheikh Mohammed

"Please let my mum come home your Highness." Daughter of Brit mum trapped in Dubai for Facebook post writes heartbreaking letter to Sheikh Mohammed

Press Releases   •   Apr 08, 2019 18:38 BST

Paris Shahravesh, the 14 year old daughter of the London mum facing jail in Dubai over a rash Facebook post has written a heartbreaking letter to Sheikh Mohammed, pleading with him to let her mum come home. Laleh Shahravesh has been trapped in Dubai since the 10th of March

British mother faces 2 years jail and £50,000 fine in Dubai, because of old Facebook posts

British mother faces 2 years jail and £50,000 fine in Dubai, because of old Facebook posts

Press Releases   •   Apr 07, 2019 15:53 BST

Controversial “cybercrime laws” in Dubai mean that a London single mum has been arrested together with her 14 year old daughter at Dubai airport. She now faces up to two years in jail and a fine of £50,000 for two facebook posts she made in 2016 about her ex husband’s new wife. She made the two posts while living in the UK.

​Minister of State, Alistair Burt to meet with family of Andy Neal - innocent veteran held for 6 months in Dubai

​Minister of State, Alistair Burt to meet with family of Andy Neal - innocent veteran held for 6 months in Dubai

Press Releases   •   Mar 20, 2019 17:57 GMT

Minister of State Alistair Burt is set to meet Sue and Maurice, Andy Neal's parents at the FCO tomorrow. Neal family hopeful that the British government will support veteran and PTSD sufferer who has been detained without evidence for almost 6 months in the UAE.

​Australia’s Four Corners to air harrowing story of Princess Latifa’s doomed escape

​Australia’s Four Corners to air harrowing story of Princess Latifa’s doomed escape

Press Releases   •   Mar 07, 2019 12:59 GMT

Four Corners to broadcast "Escape from Dubai: The Mystery of the Missing Princess" which details the events surrounding the case and presents an objective and disturbing picture of the United Arab Emirates which profoundly contradicts the carefully crafted image of the country as a modern, liberal Arab nation

Former MP and Shadow Homeland Security Spokesman, Colonel Patrick Mercer, joins the outcry over the unjust jailing of former Corporal Andrew Neal in Dubai

Former MP and Shadow Homeland Security Spokesman, Colonel Patrick Mercer, joins the outcry over the unjust jailing of former Corporal Andrew Neal in Dubai

Press Releases   •   Mar 04, 2019 12:09 GMT

Colonel Patrick Mercer, former commanding officer of Brit soldier unjustly jailed in Dubai joins outcry over his incarceration.

​Can football resolve the feud between Qatar, the UAE and Saudi Arabia?

​Can football resolve the feud between Qatar, the UAE and Saudi Arabia?

Blog posts   •   Feb 28, 2019 11:19 GMT

The ongoing dispute between Gulf neighbours Qatar, the UAE and Saudi Arabia (with a variety of other countries allied to one side or the other), has become increasingly disruptive and dangerous; even victimising disinterested foreign visitors to the Gulf as the rivals ramp up pressure tactics against each other.

Army friends rally support for Andy Neal as Dubai prosecutors claim decision on release will come Thursday

Army friends rally support for Andy Neal as Dubai prosecutors claim decision on release will come Thursday

Press Releases   •   Feb 19, 2019 10:36 GMT

Army friends rally support for Andy Neal as Dubai prosecutors claim decision on release will come Thursday. A 44 year old British family man, war hero and PTSD sufferer is trapped in jail in the UAE on charges of being a drugs kingpin, despite the prosecutors admitting there is no evidence against him.

Brit war hero and father of 2  jailed since October after shameful Dubai police misconduct

Brit war hero and father of 2 jailed since October after shameful Dubai police misconduct

Press Releases   •   Feb 13, 2019 10:02 GMT

Englishman Andy Neal, 44, has been wrongfully detained in Dubai since the 4th of October 2018 after police seized him from his home one evening. Prosecutors have since realised Andy is innocent but continue to hold him in Dubai’s central prison as the lead prosecutor reportedly seeks promotion.

Following Rahaf’s escape from Saudi, Hind Al-Bolooki appoints Radha Stirling to help her escape the UAE

Following Rahaf’s escape from Saudi, Hind Al-Bolooki appoints Radha Stirling to help her escape the UAE

Press Releases   •   Feb 12, 2019 16:59 GMT

Radha Stirling, CEO of Detained in Dubai and UAE country expert witness, spoke with Hind Al-Bolooki from detention in Macedonia, pledging to help her secure freedom from abuse and provide expert testimony for her asylum application.

Emirati woman’s asylum plea must be taken as seriously as Rahaf Mohammed

Emirati woman’s asylum plea must be taken as seriously as Rahaf Mohammed

Blog posts   •   Feb 11, 2019 15:34 GMT

​An Emirati woman who fled the UAE has been denied asylum in Macedonia and faces extradition, though she claims she has suffered serious human rights violations by her family, and will likely be severely punished for her escape.

UAE authorities coercing Brit to plead guilty following arrest over Qatar t-shirt assault

UAE authorities coercing Brit to plead guilty following arrest over Qatar t-shirt assault

Press Releases   •   Feb 07, 2019 13:48 GMT

Following an extended telephone conversation with Ali Issa Ahmad's close friend in the UK, Radha Stirling, CEO of Detained in Dubai, has taken on the case of the young Briton jailed in the UAE over a Qatar football jersey.

UAE response to detention of football fan abroad highlights ongoing abuse of British tourists

UAE response to detention of football fan abroad highlights ongoing abuse of British tourists

Press Releases   •   Feb 06, 2019 12:08 GMT

UAE government attempts to change the media narrative in cases where British nationals have been unfairly detained

Brit football fan arrested in Dubai for wearing Qatar football top - FCO needs to increase UAE travel warnings!

Brit football fan arrested in Dubai for wearing Qatar football top - FCO needs to increase UAE travel warnings!

Press Releases   •   Feb 05, 2019 14:28 GMT

​British citizen Ali Issa Ahmad has been arrested in the UAE for wearing a Qatar national football team shirt, and potentially faces a 15 year jail term and a fine of over Dh500,000.

“Bahrain seeks to punish Hakeem through extradition process and show strength to gulf allies” - Radha Stirling

“Bahrain seeks to punish Hakeem through extradition process and show strength to gulf allies” - Radha Stirling

Press Releases   •   Feb 01, 2019 10:35 GMT

Bahrain pushes Hakeem through formal extradition proceedings in Thailand, spotlighting serious flaws with Interpol policy, international extradition standards, human rights treaties and gulf nation’s misuse of foreign legal process as a means to intimidate, harass and show their power.

“Bahrain assurances on Hakeem’s safety if extradited are not to be trusted” says Radha Stirling, CEO of Detained in Dubai

“Bahrain assurances on Hakeem’s safety if extradited are not to be trusted” says Radha Stirling, CEO of Detained in Dubai

Press Releases   •   Jan 28, 2019 08:35 GMT

Radha Stirling, founder and CEO of Detained in Dubai, is a leading voice against Interpol abuse and for the universal inclusion of human rights provisions in extradition procedures around the world. She warns that the “assurances” coming from Bahrain regarding Hakeem Alaraibi should be immediately dismissed.

 Radha Stirling, British barristers & human rights groups call for Interpol safeguards to protect refugees like Hakeem Alaraibi

Radha Stirling, British barristers & human rights groups call for Interpol safeguards to protect refugees like Hakeem Alaraibi

Press Releases   •   Jan 23, 2019 15:55 GMT

Radha Stirling calls upon Interpol to proactively prevent abusive red notices from being issued, following the high profile detention of Hakeem Alaraibi in Thailand.

Thailand human rights progress in question as Australia seeks protection from extradition for footballer Hakeem Alaraibi

Thailand human rights progress in question as Australia seeks protection from extradition for footballer Hakeem Alaraibi

Press Releases   •   Jan 23, 2019 11:55 GMT

The arrest and detention of refugee Hakeem Alaraibi and Thai authorities’ consideration of an extradition request from Bahrain is not helping the global image of Thailand, and causes grave doubts about the country’s transition to democracy.