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UAE Human Rights

See if the law takes from some persons what belongs to them; and gives it to persons to whom it does not belong. See if the law benefits one citizen at the expense of another by doing what the citizen cannot do without committing a crime. Then abolish this law without delay, for it is not only an evil in itself, but also is a fertile source for further evils.... Read More at: UAE Prison

Bad news may come with a fine

A proposed bill in the UAE provides a fine of up to 5,000,000 dirhams (US$1,350,000) against anyone who "disparages" senior government personnel or members of the royal family. Under the UAE's existing laws, the government has, on numerous occasions, penalized, fined, and closed media establishments that have expressed criticism of the government. Despite receiving international news coverage, media in the UAE have been reluctant to report .... Read More at: New UAE Media Law Continues to Stifle Press

The dark side of Dubai

Dubai was meant to be a Middle-Eastern Shangri-La, a glittering monument to Arab enterprise and western capitalism. But as hard times arrive in the city state that rose from the desert sands, an uglier story is emerging. Johann Hari reports for the British newspaper The Independent .... Read More at: The dark side of Dubai

Dubai's six-year building boom grinds to halt

Half of all the UAE's construction projects, totalling $582bn (£400bn), have either been put on hold or cancelled, leaving a trail of half-built towers on the outskirts of the city stretching into the desert. Paul Lewis is a Guardian reporter. Last year he was nominated Young Journalist of the Year .... Read More at: Dubai's six-year building boom grinds to halt as financial crisis takes hold

The Grand National

A new newspaper, the Abu Dhabi-based The National, has entered the sandlands media scene. There is already plenty of comment on it, from praise to scorn. But the inescapable fact is that no matter how sparkling the prose or spectacular the photography, a "news" publication can only go so far in a regime of severe media oppression. The fact that the UAE government bans blogs that are "critical" of it speaks for itself: how pathetic and contemptible that some of the richest and .... Read More at: Secret Dubai

Seminar on UAE Labour Issues

Mafiwasta and Human Rights for Change held a one-day seminar on UAE labour issues at the London School of Economics. Speaking were Nick McGeehan of Mafiwasta, Dr David Keane of Human Rights for Change and Brunel University, Hadi Ghaemi of Human Rights Watch and Dr Nazila Ghanea-Hercock of Oxford University. 'Mafiwasta, a website for workers' rights in the UAE, was set up in August 2004 by Nick McGeehan, Ireland..... Read More at: Mafiwasta

Sheikh Issa's Extreme Torture!

Sheikh Issa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan (Sheikh Issa) is a member of the royal family in the U.A.E. Sheikh Issa is the younger brother of the President of the U.A.E., and is also brother to the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi. Sheikh Issa takes pleasure in torturing those who disagree with him. Sheikh Issa videotapes the torture sessions so he can enjoy watching them later. Sheikh Issa has been assisted in his torture sessions by the Abu Dhabi police. Issa has tortured people for up to forty five minutes at a time. "Sheikh Issa's Extreme Torture"..... View at: UAE Torture

Dubai: Center of the Sex Trade

The Police Department and the Migration Service are involved in the sex trade in Dubai. This is a hugely profitable business for the country. Indeed, it is the presence of these women that attracts so many businessmen from around the world, and Arab sheikhs and their sons, to Dubai. Policemen supervise the business in order to avoid troublesome situations, so as not to damage the country's prestige. The outside world shuts its eyes to hundreds of outrageous facts..... Read More at: Sex Trade

Dubai is Hell on Earth

"When I first came, I thought Dubai was a paradise, but now I know that it's hell on Earth," says Arus, who works for a pimp called Nano (nicknamed Horse). Arus is a prostitute in one of Dubai 's rabochkas (a Russian word meaning a district with a lot of workers). Those girls who can't make money anymore in discos and bars are taken to rabochkas, where they charge $3, $5, or $10. Their clients are construction workers from abroad; they can service up to fifty men per day. ... Read More at: Journalists of Armenia

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