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After the Sheikhs – The coming Collapse of Gulf Monarchies – Book by Christopher Davidson

Posted by 7starsdubai on October 27, 2012


‘In After the Sheikhs Christopher Davidson argues that the Gulf regimes will be gone – at least in their current form – within the next two to five years.

Although the demise of the Gulf regimes has long been announced, Davidson’s audacious prediction should not be lightly dismissed.

The dynamics he analyses and the facts he has gathered, based on long-term observation of the region, provide tantalising clues that profound change may indeed be at close hand.’ – Dirk Vandewalle, Associate Professor of Government, Dartmouth College ‘After the Sheikhs is a book of tremendous value. It applies a rigorously constructed theoretical framework to a rich array of empirical data in order to assess the long-term survivability of some of the world’s last authoritarian holdouts. For anyone interested in understanding the post-2011 Middle East, this is essential reading.’ – Mehran Kamrava, Director of the Center for International and Regional Studies, Georgetown University, Qatar ‘At a time when the Gulf Kingdoms arrogantly boast of having avoided the fate of their neighbours in the revolutions of the Arab Spring, this book provides a convincing counter-narrative and a powerful warning to rulers who treat their countries as personal fiefdoms.’ – Waleed Abu Alkair, Head of Monitor of Human Rights in Saudi Arabia ‘Genuine political participation, social justice, freedom and human rights in the context of full citizenship have become everyday terminology in the Gulf over the last couple of years. And although the total collapse of deep-rooted monarchies is not envisioned, in the long run parliamentary constitutional monarchies could prevail in the region. Christopher Davidson has written an important book, but only time will tell whether its thesis plays out.’ – Ahmed Mansoor, Human Rights activist and former political prisoner, UAE ‘Britain and the US are uncritical friends of the hereditary Gulf rulers; but what if they are likely to collapse, as Christopher Davidson convincingly predicts? It would be folly to ignore the writing on the wall for these insatiably greedy elites; Davidson’s warning should be on the desk of every Foreign Office Minister.’ – Lord Avebury, vice-chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Human Rights Group.

Christopher Davidson is reader in Government and International Affairs at Durham University, a former visiting associate professor at Kyoto University, and a former assistant professor at Zayed University in the UAE. He is the author of several books on the politics and international affairs of the Gulf states, including Abu Dhabi: Oil and Beyond, Dubai: The Vulnerability of Success, and most recently The Persian Gulf and Pacific Asia: From Indifference to Interdependence.

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European Parliament Human Rights situation in the United Arab Emirates

Posted by 7starsdubai on October 26, 2012


 

European Parliament October 2012 – Motion for a resulution source original

A. whereas the government of the United Arab Emirates has accelerated its crackdown on human rights defenders and civil society activists in 2012, bringing the number of political detainees to 64;

B.  whereas most of them are in incommunicado detention, there are allegations of torture, and they are being denied legal assistance;

C. whereas the detainees include the vice-president of the Student Association of the United Arab Emirates, Mansoor al-Ahmadi, one sitting judge, Mohamed al-Abdouly, two former judges, Khamis al-Zyoudiand and Ahmed al-Za’abi, and two prominent human rights lawyers, Mohamed al-Mansoori – a former president of the Jurists’ Association – and Mohamed al-Roken;

D. whereas employees of the Emirian lawyer who is offering the detainees legal assistance have allegedly been subjected to a systematic campaign of harassment and intimidation, including the deportation of three non-Emirian employees on grounds of national security; whereas lawyers who have travelled to the United Arab Emirates to offer legal assistance to the detainees have also been harassed;

E.  whereas human rights defenders and democracy activists have been subjected to harassment, travel bans, restrictions on freedom of expression and freedom of assembly, arbitrary detention, revocation of nationality, deportation, and illegal imprisonment;

F.  whereas the authorities of the United Arab Emirates have insisted that their crackdown is a response to a foreign-inspired Islamist plot that aims to overthrow the government; whereas the detainees all have ties to al-Islah, a peaceful Islamist group that has operated in the United Arab Emirates since 1974; whereas the evidence indicates that national security is the pretext for a crackdown on peaceful activism designed to stifle calls for constitutional reform and reform on human rights issues such as statelessness;

G. whereas a prominent human rights defender and blogger, Ahmed Mansoor, was attacked twice in recent weeks and has suffered constant intimidation and threats; whereas he spent seven months in jail in 2011 before his conviction in November for insulting the country’s senior officials; whereas the authorities have retained his passport and arbitrarily barred him from travelling;

H. whereas, together with other activists, Mansoor was accused of insulting political figures in the country after arranging for and signing a petition calling for greater political participation via an elected parliament with full legislative and regulatory powers;

I.   whereas on 15 July 2012, in his statement, the public prosecutor, announced that the detained group of political opponents would be investigated for plotting ‘crimes against state security’, ‘opposing the UAE constitution and ruling system’, and having ties to ‘foreign organisations and agendas’;

J.   whereas while freedom of speech and press freedom are constitutionally protected in the United Arab Emirates, its penal code allows the authorities to prosecute people for speech which is critical of the government; whereas at least one online discussion forum has been closed down, and access from the United Arab Emirates to several political websites has been blocked;

K. whereas prominent internationally renowned non-governmental organisations promoting democracy in the region were closed in 2012 by the authorities of the United Arab Emirates, notably the Dubai office of the National Democratic Institute and the Abu Dhabi office of the German pro-democracy think tank Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung;

L.  whereas many migrant workers, who make up over 80 % of the workforce, are subject to exploitation and serious abuses; whereas immigration sponsorship laws grant employers extraordinary power over the lives of these workers; whereas they have no right to organise or bargain collectively and face penalties for going on strike; whereas many female domestic workers in the United Arab Emirates report an array of abuses including unpaid wages, food deprivation, long working hours, forced confinement, and physical and sexual abuse;

M. whereas, according to the report of the Special Rapporteur on trafficking in persons, trafficking in persons for labour exploitation continues to be widespread in the United Arab Emirates and victims of such trafficking remain unidentified;

N. whereas the government made little progress in implementing the CEDAW Committee recommendation in early 2010;

O. whereas death sentences continue to be imposed in the United Arab Emirates;

1.  Expresses great concern about assaults, repression and intimidation against human rights defenders, political activists and civil society actors within the United Arab Emirates who peacefully exercise their basic rights to freedom of expression, opinion, and assembly; calls on the authorities of the United Arab Emirates to halt the ongoing crackdowns immediately;

2.  Calls for the unconditional release of all prisoners of conscience and activists including human rights defenders and calls on the authorities of the United Arab Emirates to ensure that detainees deemed to have broken the law be brought before a judge, be charged with a crime and be provided with the legal assistance of their choosing;

3.  Calls on the authorities of the United Arab Emirates to conduct thorough and impartial investigations into the assault and public threats made against Ahmed Mansoor and all the other cases of harassment and assault;

4.  Calls for the respect of all human rights and fundamental freedoms, including freedom of expression, both online and offline, freedom of assembly, women’s rights and gender equality, the fight against discrimination, and the right to a fair trial;

5.  Welcomes the accession of the United Arab Emirates on 19 July 2012 to the United Nations Convention against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, and urges the UAE authorities to affirm its commitment to its assumed treaty obligations by conducting thorough, impartial and independent investigations into the allegations of torture as well as allegations that individuals have been forcibly disappeared;

6.  Calls on the United Arab Emirates to affirm its intent to ‘uphold the highest standards in the promotion and protection of human rights’ in line with its bid for membership of the UN Human Rights Council for 2013 to 2015 by ratifying the ICCPR and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) and their optional protocols and by issuing a standing invitation to visit to all UN special procedure mandate holders;

7.  Expresses deep concern about the abject living and working conditions of thousands of migrant workers and stateless persons in the United Arab Emirates;

8.  Urges the Government of the United Arab Emirates to undertake reforms of its legal and regulatory framework to address the abuse of migrant workers in the country, especially women who are the most vulnerable to exploitation and gender-based violence, and in particular the kafala system of sponsorship-based employment;

9.  Welcomes the adoption by the United Arab Emirates in 2012 of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) Convention on Decent Work for Domestic Workers; urges the United Arab Emirates to affirm its commitment to abide by its provisions by extending key labour protections to domestic workers, such as weekly days off, limits to hours of work, and a decent wage;

10. Welcomes efforts made by the United Arab Emirates to reform the 2006 Federal Law No 51 on Combating Human Trafficking Crimes and to adopt legislation to explicitly include labour exploitation, domestic servitude as well as other forms of trafficking and to enhance prosecution;

11. Condemns the application of the death penalty under any circumstance;

12. Welcomes the adoption of the new EU human rights package and urges the European institutions, including the EU Special Representative for Human Rights, to take concrete actions, together with the 27 Member States, to ensure a clear and principled EU policy vis-à-vis the United Arab Emirates that addresses the ongoing serious human rights violations, through démarches, public statements and initiatives at the Human Rights Council;

13. Calls on the Vice-President of the Commission / High Representative of the Union and the European institutions to place human rights at the centre of its relations with all third countries, including strategic partners, with special emphasis on the next EU-GCC Ministerial Meeting;

14. Believes that it is crucial to continue the efforts to increase the cooperation between the EU and the Gulf region and to promote mutual understanding and trust; considers that regular inter-parliamentary meetings between Parliament and its partners in the region are an important forum to develop a constructive and frank dialogue on issues of common concern;

15. Instructs its President to forward this resolution to the Government and Parliament of the United Arab Emirates, the Vice-President of the Commission/High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, the Commission, the EU Special Representative for Human Rights, the parliaments and governments of the Member States, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and the governments of the Member States of the Gulf Cooperation Council.

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EU-Kommission will im Fall Adelsmayr Dubai helfen

Posted by 7starsdubai on October 26, 2012


Im Fall des in Dubai zu lebenslanger Haft verurteilten oberösterreichischen Arztes Eugen Adelsmayr will jetzt die EU-Kommission helfen.

Man habe den Prozess aufmerksam verfolgt und sei bereit, Schritte zu ergreifen, sagte eine EU-Kommissarin bei einer Sitzung im EU-Parlament in Straßburg. Im heimischen Justizministerium zeigt man sich abwartend: Zuerst müsse man aber abwarten, ob ein internationaler Haftbefehl verhängt werde.

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Dubai entscheidet auf lebenslang – Urteil im Fall Eugen Adelsmayr – Immer wieder westliche Justizopfer in Dubai

Posted by 7starsdubai on October 21, 2012


Hartes Urteil für den österreichischen Arzt Eugen Adelsmayr in Dubai: Der Anästhesist und Intensivmediziner ist am Sonntag in einem Mordprozess in Abwesenheit zu lebenslänglicher Haft verurteilt worden. Sein Mitangeklagter, ein indischer Arzt, wurde freigesprochen, wie Adelsmayr selbst mitteilte.

Dubai Gericht ignorierte Gutachten – Zeugen kamen mit Lügen durch

 Zwei Gutachten haben Adelsmayr entlastet – eines der österreichischen Ärztekammer und eines von der höchsten medizinischen Kontrollinstanz der Vereinigten Arabischen Emirate (VAE). Ein drittes Gutachten, ein englischer Expertenbericht des staatlichen Krankenhausträgers Dubai Health Authority, wurde bei der Übersetzung ins Arabische stark manipuliert. Die Anklage fußte auf der arabischen Version.

Adelsmayr ist übrigens kein Einzelfall: Zahlreiche westliche Expatriots, die zum Arbeiten oder als Touristen in die Vereinigten Arabischen Emiraten reisten, wurden bereits Opfer der dortigen Justiz, wie Radha Stirling, Gründerin der Londoner Nichtregierungsorganisation Detained in Dubai (Verhaftet in Dubai) gegenüber der deutschen Zeitung „Die Welt“ bereits vor Monaten bestätigte: Die Organsiation werde von zahlreichne Ausländern kontaktiert, die sich von der Justiz schlecht behandelt oder zu Unrecht verurteilt fühlten. Die Betroffenen würden dabei über ähnliche Probleme wie Adelsmayr klagen, also mangelhafte Beweisführung und dass Gerichte fragwürdige Beweise, Geständnisse oder Zeugenaussagen akzeptieren.

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Eugen Adlesmayr – Die Chronologie

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UAE Human Rights Activist Ahmed Mansoor hit by Spyware – Evidence of Abuse – Cybercrime

Posted by 7starsdubai on October 10, 2012


In this report, Citizen Lab Security Researcher Morgan Marquis-Boire describes analysis performed on malicious software used to compromise a high profile dissident residing in the United Arab Emirates. The findings indicate that the software is a commercial surveillance backdoor distributed by an Italian company known as Hacking Team. The report also describes the potential involvement of vulnerabilities sold by the French company, VUPEN. continue reading original source

A report by a Google researcher has connected commercially-made malware with attacks on Middle East dissidents, an increasingly common occurrence that has fueled controversy over the selling and buying of information on software flaws.

Ahmed Mansoor a human-rights activist based in the United Arab Emirates has become the latest victim of such an attack, this time using malware known as Crisis, which appears to be a program sold by the Italian firm Hacking Team, according to a report posted on Sept. 10 by the University of Toronto’s CitizenLab and authored by Google researcher Morgan Marquis-Boire. Crisis, also known as DaVinci, was originally discovered by antivirus firms in July and noted for its ability to infect computers running either Microsoft Windows or Apple Mac OS X as well as its focus on spreading to virtual machine instances.

In July, Ahmed Mansoor, an outspoken blogger from the United Arab Emirates and a member of the “U.A.E. Five” — a group of Emirati activists jailed last year for criticizing government leaders — opened a suspicious e-mail with a Microsoft Word attachment that, when opened, deployed spyware that could monitor his every keystroke, record his passwords, social networking and instant messenger chats and even his voice conversations through his computer’s microphone. Mr. Mansoor told Bloomberg that because of that innocent mistake– clicking on a malicious e-mail attachment– he was inexplicably beaten by unknown assailants.

In leaked product literature, Hacking Team refers to the Trojan as the Remote Control System (RCS).

In the latest analysis, CitizenLab—part of the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto—found that an attack on activist Ahmed Mansoor used the Crisis tool to exploit a vulnerability discovered by French offensive cyber-security firm VUPEN. The monitoring program was configured to send information to servers hosted by the Royal Group, a corporation based in the UAE.

VUPEN has denied selling the details of the flaw.

In July, Ahmed Mansoor, an outspoken blogger from the United Arab Emirates and a member of the “U.A.E. Five” — a group of Emirati activists jailed last year for criticizing government leaders — opened a suspicious e-mail with a Microsoft Word attachment that, when opened, deployed spyware that could monitor his every keystroke, record his passwords, social networking and instant messenger chats and even his voice conversations through his computer’s microphone. Mr. Mansoor told Bloomberg that because of that innocent mistake– clicking on a malicious e-mail attachment– he was inexplicably beaten by unknown assailants.

In the case of Mr. Mansoor, the spyware eavesdropped from a server that, as of August, was registered to a post office box in Abu Dhabi that matched the corporate headquarters of the Royal Group, a U.A.E. conglomerate. In the case of Mamfakinch, the spyware was controlled by an I.P. address hosted in Rabat, Morocco’s capital.

Executives at the Royal Group could not be reached for comment. A representative at Morocco’s consulate in New York did not respond to a request for comment.

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