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Film-Portrait on Dr Mohamed Al-Roken, Alkarama Foundation, 2012

Posted by 7starsdubai on December 16, 2012


Member of the International Bar Association, Dr Al Roken is a prominent lawyer and human rights defender from the United Arab Emirates . He is the co-laureate of the 2012 Alkarama Award.
Dr Al-Roken has defended human rights and political activists for many years, most notably, the group known as the “UAE5” as well as the “UAE7”, peaceful political and human rights activists who were stripped of their citizenships and detained for having called for greater civil and political rights.
Dr Al Roken was arrested in Dubai in the early hours of 17 July 2012 by the Emirati security services in the largest crackdown against human rights activists and political dissent in the country’s history. He is still detained in an unknown location.

For more information, please contact Alkarama at:
info@alkarama.org
0041 22 734 10 06

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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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Mohammed Al Roken Uae Human Rights lawyer detained

Posted by 7starsdubai on September 18, 2012


Reveal Activist’s Whereabouts; Investigate Torture Allegations

On September 10, 2012, Human Rights Watch wrote to President Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan to say that the UAE’s accession to the United Nations Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment on July 19 was a positive step.

“The allegations of torture and the enforced disappearance of Ahmed al-Suweidi are matters of grave concern and exhibit increasingly brutal tactics by the UAE’s State Security apparatus,” said Joe Stork, deputy Middle East director at Human Rights Watch. “The UAE’s allies in the West should not remain silent in the face of such serious international crimes.”

Al-Suweidi, whose situation recently came to light, is one of 60 civil society activists and human rights defenders whom UAE authorities are holding without charge following their peaceful calls for political reform. They include two prominent lawyers, Mohamed al-Roken and Mohamed al-Mansoori. The condition of the other detainees is also a cause of concern after reports from people who saw them at a September 6 hearing to extend the detention of six of them, the groups said.

Dr.Mohammed Al-Roken, UAE citizen founding member of Bridging the Gulf foundation for human security in the Gulf region (http://www.bridgingthegulf.org/), member of Amnesty International and a former head of the Emirati Lawyers’ Association, has always been fervent supporter of democracy and spreading of a culture of tolerance and human rights in the Arab Gulf region. Recently he represented a small group of Emirati citizens who called for governmental reform in UAE near the start of the region’s Arab Spring protests. Some of his clients were consequently arrested and convicted earlier this year with national security offenses.

http://www.trust.org/trustlaw/news/uae-crackdown-on-islamist-group-intensifies

Attorney General Salem Saeed Kubaish accused the group of having links to “foreign organizations and outside agendas” and “opposing the U.A.E. constitution and ruling system.”

Leading Emirati human rights lawyer Dr Mohammed Al Roken was detained this week amid a harsh crackdown on anti-government critics in United Arab Emirates, sparking condemnation from international rights organizations, international media even the office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.

http://www.ohchr.org/EN/NewsEvents/Pages/DisplayNews.aspx?NewsID=12363&LangID=E

see also the UN calls on United Arab Emirates to guarantee protection of rights defenders:

http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=42492&Cr=Human+Rights&Cr1=

It is unclear whether Mr. Roken, 50 years old, is considered part of this group under investigation or has been charged with a crime. Security forces detained Mr. Roken as he drove to a local Dubai police station seeking information about his son and son-in-law, who had also been arrested, according to Amnesty and Human Rights Watch:

http://www.hrw.org/news/2012/07/18/uae-crackdown-islamist-group-intensifies

http://www.amnesty.org/en/for-media/press-releases/uae-human-rights-lawyers-among-13-detained-crackdown-intensifies-2012-07-18

http://en.alkarama.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=973:uae-at-least-14-activists-detained-in-aggressive-crackdown&catid=38:communiqu&Itemid=107

This is not the first time Dr Al Roken has been subjected to persecution; in 2008 the UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General on the situation of human rights defenders expressed concern at the treatment of Mohamed al-Roken:

http://www.amnesty.org/en/for-media/press-releases/uae-human-rights-lawyers-among-13-detained-crackdown-intensifies-2012-07-18

U.A.E. security sources, declined to discuss details of his detention , though requests made by leading international media including the Wall street journal:

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10000872396390444097904577535121065522322.html?mod=googlenews_ws

They were told that Dr. Roken’s arrest was ordered by the national security department from the capital Abu Dhabi.

Dr Mohamed Al Roken received  Alkarama Award for Human Rights Defenders for 2012

This year, the award ceremony will be held at the Geneva International Conference Center (CICG) on 7 December 2012.

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Fair and Legal Trials for Dubai Hunger Strikers – Human Rights Petition

Posted by 7starsdubai on June 1, 2012


Dubai Hunger Strike Petition Safi Qurashi – Zack Shahin and others

How does it feel to be locked up for decades for a crime you never committed? What happens to the lives of the family you leave behind who have to then fend for themselves? What do you do if no one is interested in the evidence which would prove your innocence? What if your sentence is so long that your only way out is in a box?

This is a grave reality for British nationals Safi Qurashi & Peter Margetts who are amongst approx 20 Foreign Expats (US citizen Zack Shahin) currently on a Hunger strike in Dubai’s Central Jail in protest over the fact that they are being denied access to  justice. They are risking their own lives so others do not suffer. For some of them it has been over a month and the signs of danger are showing especially for those already suffering from illnesses such as Blood pressure and Diabetes.

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Treffpunkt der Spione – Die verschwiegenste Messe der Welt in Dubai

Posted by 7starsdubai on February 24, 2012


Vergangenen Woche fand sie JW Marriott Hotel in Dubai statt,  die ISS World MEA.  die wohl verschwiegenste Messe der Welt . Abgeschirmt von jederlei Publikumsverkehr oder gar Journalisten waren Geschäftskunden einer ganz besonderen Sorte: Geheimdienstmitarbeiter sowie Staatsschützer, Sicherheitsbeamte und Militärs – vor allem aus dem arabischen Raum.

Angeboten werden Programme, Viren und Trojaner, die – laut Veranstaltungsprogramm – Computer mit “Spionagesoftware infizieren”, mit denen sich aber auch “soziale Netzwerke überwachen” oder “verschlüsselter Datenverkehr aufzeichnen” lassen. Auch für “Handy-Ermittlungen” gibt es Produkte – wobei der Begriff “Ermittlung” in diesem Fall sowohl die Ortung der Geräte wie auch das Abhören umfasst. Als Hauptsponsor der ISS in Dubai trat das Münchener Unternehmen Trovicor auf, berichtet das Handelsblatt.

continue reading original source Handelsblatt

Quelle Handelsblatt Februar 2012

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UAE Activists freed from jail

Posted by 7starsdubai on November 30, 2011


UAE Activist Ahmed Mansoor and his Lawyer Dr. Mohammed Al Roken

On Sunday, after being held in prison for almost eight months, the five were convicted of insulting the UAE’s leadership, endangering national security and inciting people to protest.

Then a day later, they received a presidential pardon and were freed.

One of the five, Ahmed Mansour is a prominent blogger. Another, Nasser bin Gaith, is an economics professor who has lectured at Paris’ Sorbonne university in Abu Dhabi.

The two told The Associated Press that they spent days in solitary confinement in Abu Dhabi’s Al Wathba prison. The rest of the time they were held with convicted killers, terrorists, rapists, adulterous, drug dealers and pirates.

“It’s a mixed feeling to be out,” bin Gaith told the AP after his release. “I am with my family, but our arrests mark the beginning of a police state in the UAE.”

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Dubai detained American Adam Foster claims torture

Posted by 7starsdubai on May 16, 2011


Adam Foster has been detained in Dubai since his arrest on February 26. He is charged with stealing police handcuffs

source CNN

Detained in Dubai for more than two months in the United Arab Emirates faces up to seven years in prison for stealing police handcuffs, an allegation he says he only confessed to after being tortured.

A judge in Dubai is expected to hand down a verdict next week against Adam Foster, 30, of Burdett, New York, whose case has become the focal point of a grassroots letter-writing campaign via Facebook that calls for his release.

“It’s hard to be hopeful at this point,” Foster told CNN by telephone Thursday from Dubai, where he has been detained since his February 26 arrest. “I don’t want to think I’m going to be getting out of here in a few days and then find I have to stay for seven years.”

The UAE has charged Foster with theft of government property, possession of police paraphernalia and theft at night. If found guilty, he faces up to seven years in prison.

The U.S. State Department confirmed that Foster was detained. American consular officers met him on February 28 before UAE authorities released him on bail March 1.

Foster said he found the handcuffs a day earlier on the ground at a mall parking lot, about a mile and half from the police station where he was questioned.

“I was thinking ‘souvenir,'” Foster said. “They were lying on the ground. So I picked them up.”

Foster, who was on his way home after a six-week stint as a contractor for Dubai Energy Water Authority, was arrested after authorities found the handcuffs in his luggage during a routine security screening at the Dubai airport.

He said he was pulled off the plane, questioned and taken to a police station, where he was interrogated twice by two officers.

It was during that second round of questioning, after hours of maintaining his innocence, he said he was beaten and forced to confess.

Officials in the UAE did not respond to a CNN request for comment.

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Cellmate said Dubai British Tourist Lee Bradley Brown attacked by SIX guards

Posted by 7starsdubai on May 8, 2011


source Daily Mail

A prisoner who shared a cell with a British tourist allegedly beaten to death by guards in a Dubai police station has revealed how he begged him to help save his life.

The witness said Lee Brown, 39, told him: ‘Please, please help me. Call my embassy, call my family . . . They beat me badly. Please help me otherwise I will die.’

His testimony includes the claim that after being attacked by six officers, Mr Brown was left alone for four days to die in his cell and that no officers checked on him. The officers, he says, even joked: ‘He’s crazy. Let him die in there.’

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Emirates Press Law and the Media Blackout

Posted by 7starsdubai on April 9, 2011


source arbabMediasociety October 2009

On May 29, the London-based daily The Independent published an article entitled Dubai property scandal claim emerges amid media blackout. According to the report, a group of investors who had bought properties in buildings by Al Fajer Group, a company run by Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Maktoum , held a press conference to accuse the developer of fraud, according to The Independent.

The investors allege that the developer Al Fajer Properties showed them photographs of buildings it claimed were Ebony 1, Ivory 1 and Ivory 2, but were in fact buildings belonging to another developer.

The investors were demanding a refund totaling GBP86 million.

Unfortunately, the investors didn’t get the sort of press they had hoped for.

Incidentally, Sheikh Maktoum bin Hasher Al Maktoum is the brother-in-law to the ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, and soon after the press conference finished, Dubai government officials warned news agencies against publishing articles on the press conference.

“I had written half of the article when I was told by my editor to stop,” a Dubai-based reporter told The Independent. “The investor’s group has records of payment, and it’s obvious that they have been shafted, but we can’t write about it.”

Why?

Because a member of the royal family is directly involved.

To date, we have not received updates from Al Fajer Group regarding the allegations made against the company.

Rather than view Sheikh Maktoum bin Hasher Al Maktoum as a businessman who may have been involved in conning investors out of GBP86 million, the government views him as a royal first, a businessman second.

And herein lies one of the media law’s biggest problems: most UAE royals hold government offices and executive positions in companies throughout the Emirates. In fact, most UAE-based companies have some connection, either directly or remotely, to members of the royal family.

How, then, can the media ever hold these individuals accountable for their actions, if stories (albeit negative ones) cannot be published if they involve a royal?

Sadly, the draft media law won’t help with this conundrum, and it certainly won’t help with future torture tape cases either. Article 32, which makes criticizing government officials and royals illegal, is artfully ambiguous. According to HWR’s report, “[such] a vague law invites self-serving interpretation by the government, and with courts that have proven compliant in harshly regulating speech, the result will be continued anxiety, self- censorship, and arbitrary enforcement of the law in the UAE. It appears designed to insulate the government from public accountability and criticism and would deter investigative journalism and undermine the media’s role as public watchdog.”

According to Samer Muscati, the HWR is putting together a new report, because “the situation is more dire than we anticipated.”

It is dire, especially given that in spite of local restrictions on content, the world press can write and say what they want about the UAE, without ever succumbing to the country’s media laws. And the stories the government doesn’t want the local media to publicize, are being publicized anyway by journalists around the world.

Due to the Internet, the only way to prevent the press from airing your dirty laundry in public is by not having any dirty laundry in the first place.

Interestingly, the draft law is still pending approval. One has to wonder why a country that passes laws so quickly compared to other nations has taken its time with this one.

“I’m hoping that the reason why they haven’t signed the law is because they’re going to amend it,” said Muscati. “They need to reevaluate the law and take the recommendations that we’ve given them.”
It is unclear why the draft law hasn’t been passed. Repeated efforts to contact the NMC for an explanation yielded little more than assurances that the government is working on finalizing the law.
However, transparency was never one of the UAE’s strong points, which is ironic given its desire to maintain its status as a regional business hub. Without transparency, and without press freedom to report on political, business-related and social issues, the UAE is unlikely to repair its mired reputation.

Since the financial crisis hit the region in September 2008, bringing the nation’s billion dollar real estate industry to its wobbly knees, the UAE’s credibility as a stable and profitable developing nation was compromised. Dubai, more so than Abu Dhabi, had over stretched its budget. To date, no one knows how much debt the emirate raked up, but occasional disclosures hint at a distressed economy. Earlier this year, Dubai admitted to owing $80 billion, although analysts suspect the number is higher. Clearly, without the government providing accurate numbers, speculators will assume the worst.

Given Dubai’s drive to raise itself from the economic bog it created running up to the financial crisis, honesty and transparency are tantamount. And without the media’s involvement in reporting information about Dubai and the UAE’s news, any effort to regain investor confidence is slim.

In fact, keeping close tabs on the media, like it does with its companies, will only prove that in spite of the lessons the financial crisis has taught the business world, the UAE hasn’t grasped them yet.

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UAE detains democracy Activist and Blogger Ahmed Mansoor in Dubai

Posted by 7starsdubai on April 8, 2011


DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Authorities in the United Arab Emirates detained a blogger and rights activist who had said he’s gotten death threats for calling for political freedoms and an elected parliament in the Gulf nation.

Ahmed Mansour was detained Friday at his home in Dubai, his wife and a colleague told The Associated Press. Mansour’s wife, Nadia, said 10 policemen – some wearing civilian clothes – searched their house for three hours before taking her husband into custody and seizing two laptops and several documents.

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“They were calm and polite, but they did not allow me to speak to my husband while they were in the house,” she said. A female officer was guarding her while others searched the house and questioned her husband. They refused to tell her where they were taking him, she said.

Another political activist and a prominent Emirati lawyer, Mohammed al-Mansouri, also reported the arrest.

Police and government officials could not be reached for comment.

source  TheState by Barbara Surk

Read also Reuters UAE Activist Ahmed Mansour says faces threats , smear campaign

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Please Dubai stand up for justice and free Dubai from those who abuse it’s laws

Posted by 7starsdubai on December 19, 2010


The letter below is from Safi Qurashi where he
has beatifully explained who actually has broken the law and who has
been labelled a criminal.

Safi Qurashi in the letter below has given a clear analogy of how in
his case the victim has become the criminal and the criminal has become
the victim!

source Justiceformydad.com

Imagine the following scenario:
A thief breaks into your house, tries to steal your
belongings and whilst he is trying to steal you wake up, catch him and
lock him in one of your rooms and call the police. The thief, knowing
that he is in trouble also calls the police. The police arrive at your
home.

Now there are laws that have been broken:
1.    Law says it is a crime to lock someone up in a room without their will
2.    Law also says that stealing is a crime
3.    Law states that breaking into a house is a crime
4.    Law says lying to the police is a crime
5.    Law says you are allowed to protect yourself against a thief.

Imagine that when the police arrive you, the homeowner are
arrested, because of Law Number 1 whereas all other laws are ignored.
Imagine when arrested the police only ask you that did you lock a man
in your house and upon saying “yes” you are sent to prison. Imagine the
police, prosecution and courts never asking the thief what he was doing
in the house! Imagine you have CCTV proving he broke into your house,
you have several eye witnesses who say they saw the thief breaking into
your house. Imagine you have have proof that he had already loaded his
car with your belongings which he had stolen and was about to get away,
but the judge refused to allow you to present these facts, denied your
witnesses and never once questioned the thief if his story was true.

Imagine the thief getting away with his crime and stealing your belongings and you get sentenced to 7 years in prison!
Can you imagine this? Is this justice? Does a modern society
with a legal system call this a fair judicial process? For 11 months my
family have been trying to find someone in Dubai who can understand
this point, but because the courts are so heavily in favour of
sentencing those accused of bouncing cheques no consideration was given
to my evidence. All we hear is that the law has been broken, we don’t
care about the reasons behind it , you signed the cheque? Do they mean
they don’t care that someone tried to cheat me, they don’t care that
someone lied to the police, prosecutor and judge, they don’t care that
maybe the bank or at least one of its staff acted fraudulently, they
don’t care if a lawyer broke the law, they don’t care about all the
evidence I have to support my claim, they don’t care about the fact
that my cheques are not bounced cheques!!!!!

We have heard the prosecutor say why didn’t I let him steal
from me and let him get away and then I should have called the police!
Really! You see a crime and don’t stop it, is this the poicy of crime
prevention or has crime prevention become a crime in itself?

How can so many laws be ignored to uphold 1 law?
How can crucial evidence be ignored?
How can an obvious criminal act be ignored?
How can perjury not be a crime?
Why was my judicial process so one sided?

Anybody and everybody around the world who takes 5 minutes to read my case evidence comes to one conclusion….That I am innocent

Here are some facts:

1.Bank  confirms that cheques were NOT Valid for payment partly
becuase they  were stopped by the police and therefore never BOUNCED

2. Police report filed against the complainer

3.Audit Trail Showing money to the seller with bank receipts and proof of payments

4. Transfer Document showing that the buyer had requested to transfer property into their name

5. Valid Agreements and MOU’s

6. UAE Commercial transactions Laws that protect business transactions are being ignored

7. The intent has to be there to break the law, if the evidence
proves that no intent was there then why is it that the judicial system
has labeled me a criminal?

I for one agree that if you break the Law then you should
understand the consequences, but if I did not break the Law then why am
I in jail?


We can prove that Penal Code 401 was not broken since the bank
never cashed or bounced the cheque but instead returned them as
invalid, but no-one wants to listen because apparently it’s too late!
Me and my family were repeatedly told  to rely on the courts process ,
our lawyers and the appeals system! We placed our trust in the system
but there has been a misacarriage of justice and I am hoping the Dubai
Authorities will investigate and bring the real criminals to the stand.

I am asking the authorities that govern the judicial system in the
U.A.E to review my evidence, please speak to my family, my legal
representatives and question the complainants. 

I ask the courts to
question Nakheel and Emirates NBD and check all the financial
documentation and Agreements.


Dubai is a beautiful Emirate and it has achieved so much.
Your vision, I shared. Your values I shared, but today 3 innocent men
are behind bars and the trust I placed in the judiciary system has let
me down.

The system has been manipulated and abused by criminals and
they have gotten away clean and free!


Please Dubai stand up for justice and free Dubai from those
who abuse it’s laws and falsely imprison innocent people and punish
them severly for they are openly mocking the judicial system of one the
most popular, safest, multi-cultural and dynamic cities in the World,
which is governed by one of the greatest visionary Rulers!

Safi Qurashi

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Sanctions against Iran Human Rights abuses – Hillary Clinton

Posted by 7starsdubai on October 2, 2010


Citing “mounting evidence” of repression of the Iranian opposition, the Obama administration added more sanctions against Iranian government officials, members of the Revolutionary Guards Corps and others accused by the United States of being responsible for human rights abuses.

The sanctions, announced Wednesday by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, block the assets of, and prohibit U.S. citizens from engaging in any business with, those on the list, which includes the head of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps, the country’s prosecutor general, and the ministers of welfare and intelligence.

“On these officials’ watch or under their command Iranian citizens have been arbitrarily, beaten, tortured, raped, blackmailed and killed,” Clinton said. “Yet the Iranian government has ignored repeated calls from the international community to end these abuses, to hold to account those responsible, and respect the rights and fundamental freedoms of its citizens.”

“Today we declare our solidarity with their victims and with all Iranians who wish for a government that respects their
human rights and their dignity and their freedom,” she said.

Geithner emphasized the measures would not harm the whole country, rather the sanctions were designed to target those who engage in behavior that harms the Iranian people.

“We have found that when we single out Iran’s bad actors and expose their illicit conduct–banks, businesses,and governments around the world respond by cutting off dealings with these individuals, groups and businesses,” he said, adding the measures would send a message across the world about the risks to continued business with Iran, just as with the recent sanctions against Iran’s nuclear business.

The US has been increasing its criticism of Iran’s goverment’s human rights record since President Mahmoud
Amhadinejad’s disputed landslide election victory unleashed massive demonstrations in the country. Iran’s leaders called the uprising a foreign-led plot to overthrow the regime. It cracked down on the protesters, with many killed and even more jailed. Images of the bloody crackdown fueled worldwide outrage.

Clinton said that new legislation passed earlier this year gives the administration tools to impose sanctions against Iranian officials where there are credible evidence against them. But she acknowledged the administration was
“also very mindful” since last year’s election about messages from the opposition about keeping a low profile.

“We had to be careful that this indigenous opposition that we certainly had nothing to do with, that was attempting to stand up for the rights of the Iranian people, was not somehow seen as a U.S. enterprise, because it wasn’t,”
she said, adding: “And so walking that line in trying to be both encouraging, forthright and strong in our support of the fundamental rights and freedoms of the Iranian people, at the same time not giving any reason for the Iranians to claim that this reaction from within was somehow either motivated or directed or connected with us, required a
balancing act.

The order targets Mohammad Ali Jafari, Commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corp (IRGC); Sadeq Mahsouli, current minister of welfare and security and former minister of the Interior; Qolam-Hossein Mohseni-Ejei, current prosecutor general of Iran and former minister of intelligence; Saeed Mortazavi, former prosecutor-general of Tehran; Heydar Moslehi, minister of Intelligence; Mostafa Mohammad Najjar, current minister of the Interior and former
deputy commander of the armed forces for law enforcement; Ahmad-Reza Radan, deputy chief of Iran’s National Police; and Hossein Taeb, current deputy IRGC commander for intelligence and former commander of the IRGC’s Basij Forces.

source CNN

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Human Rights Dubai – Details of a detention in UAE

Posted by 7starsdubai on September 19, 2010


source

Report from 2006

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Mohammed al-Roken is perhaps the most prominent human rights activist in Dubai. That distinction has cost him. He was arrested twice. The government forced him out of his job as a professor, canceled his public lectures and banned him from writing in newspapers. His passport was seized, barring him from traveling abroad.

Dr. Mohammed Al Roken was in the lobby of one of Dubai’s hotels on 27 July 2006 where he was with a German lady discussing the convening of an international conference on human rights. Suddenly they were surrounded by a group of security and intelligence men and they were both taken to the Dubai Police General Command – Security and Intelligence Department. Each of them was interrogated separately. The interrogation with Al Roken started with questions about his involvement in Islamic work and his connections with international legal and media organizations.

The questioning was accompanied by insults and degradation. When he started to hold back and remind them of his rights pointing out that he knows no reason for such a surprising and illegal arrest, security men started making fun of him and of the human rights he was talking about.

They threatened him that if he does not cooperate and provide information and stop his activities they will frame him by accusing him of an immoral act. They played a tape of a phone call where Dr. Al Roken was talking to a woman and told him that they were able of dubbing the tape in such a way to use it as evidence to damage his reputation and “expose him before the public”. At the same time the interrogators continued with their humiliating treatment of him. Extremely tired, Dr. Al Roken was forced to give some information about his activities in the fields of human rights and
reform and his affiliations inside the country and outside it without giving too many details.

Late at night, the security men brought him some food. After eating he felt so tired and fell asleep. When he woke up in the morning he felt that his clothes were wet. As he was checking his clothes, the security men took all his clothes off and gave him other clothes to wear. They told him that they will keep the clothes for evidence against him in the crime they are going to invent against him. He had feelings of depression and fear of damaged reputation. After heaps of insults, he was told to get ready as his family was coming to take him home. He was glad to hear that and got ready for going home.

He was taken to another room where a security officer was sitting behind a desk with a document in front of him. Dr. Al Roken was asked to sign the document, when he asked about the content of the document, he was told that it was a
statement admitting to having committed adultery with the German lady. He rejected this and insisted on his innocence, but he was threatened that he will be taken back to cells again where he will be subjected to extreme
psychological torture and will not see his family. At the time Dr. Al Roken had lost his balance and ability to argue, he signed the document telling the interrogator that he does not admit to anything in the statement and that he
signed it under duress. His priority was to get away from pressure and torture, he was asked not to tell anyone of what has happened to him.

Two interrogators took turns in interrogating Dr. Al Roken, one of them dealt the rough treatment and threats and the other dealt the more human treatment and urged Dr. Al Roken to cooperate and he would be
released in a few hours.

After signing the document, Dr. Al Roken was released and arrived home tired and in a very sorry state. He told his family what has happened to him.

Amongst the things he told his family is that the security men were displeased with the relations Dr. Al Roken has with
influential figures in UAE such as Sheikh Sultan Bin Kayed al-Qasemi and others.

He added that the security authorities were upset with his writings, interviews and participation in human rights activities worldwide and asked him to stop all these activities.

Immediately after his release, Dr. Al Roken traveled with his family abroad. On his return security men started contacting him and he refused meeting them for a while then he accepted a meeting with one of them at
the Bustan hotel in Dubai.
The agent asked him for information about the Islamic movement that he is affiliated with. Dr. Al Roken refused to cooperate asking the agent how did he expect him to cooperate while his department had already started, as threatened, damaging his reputation by spreading rumors that he has committed adultery which was not true. The agent denied that his department was spreading such rumors, but Dr. Al Roken told him that his brother and friends told him that such a rumor was being spread and the meeting ended without any results after two hours.

He was summoned again [to the interrogation centre] on Wednesday morning 23/8/2006, he tried not to attend but he was threatened with being arrested. He told his family and brothers before going to the centre where he had to wait till 5:00 pm when they brought him food and drink but he refused to eat or drink to avoid a repeat of what has happened to him the first time.

After that he was blindfolded and a tough interrogator, who was specialized in psychological torture, came into the room and started heaping insults on Dr. Al Roken describing him as an animal, someone without heart or humanity and ill-mannered and tried to get information out of him about the his various activities and names of people he meets in the country and abroad. He was threatened that if he does not admit they will bring members of his family and make them watch a video of him in a sexual act. Dr. Al Roken replied that they have already started to spread damaging rumors about him and that he was sure of his innocence and their threats do not frighten him the least.

The interrogation and psychological torture lasted until 7:10 pm, when he was allowed to pray. After the prayers, another interrogator interviewed Dr. Al Roken without the blindfolds this time. The interrogator started calming him down and apologizing for the rough treatment. Dr. Al Roken was left to spend the night in a cell.

On Thursday morning, the same rough interrogator came to see Dr. Al Roken and repeated the same insults and degrading treatment, but Dr. Al Roken did not cooperate, the session lasted for about three hours. He was then left till Friday afternoon when he was asked to phone his family and ask them to come and bring along his passport to take him home. Dr. Al Roken left his prison cell home extremely tired and in a state of shock as a resultof the psychological torture he was subjected .

The Security Department in Dubai applied for the prosecution of Dr. Al Roken on the accusation of committing adultery with the German lady. The Prosecution Services will decide on Sunday 10 September 2006 whether to go
ahead with the prosecution or not. The Security Department in Dubai threatened that the Prosecution
Services, the forensic laboratories and the Judiciary were all under their influence and that even if Dr. Al Roken was found to be innocent they would have achieved the goal of damaging his reputation.

According to lawyer and independent human rights activist Muhammad al-Roken, the government returned his passport in May 2007 but in 2008 the Ministry of Justice threatened to cancel his law license. Al-Roken received a three-month suspended sentence after being charged with sex out of wedlock in a politically motivated case in 2007.

Read also from The Washinghton Post A Bearth of Politics in Booming Dubai

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Harassed, stalked and tortured by Emaar – US citizen sues Emaar

Posted by 7starsdubai on August 16, 2010


source

Dubai based  Emaar Propertiesbest known for building the world’s tallest
building, the Burj Khalifa, has been sued in California for torture and
false imprisonment by American businessman Lionel Lombard. United States
District Court, Eastern District of California, Case 2:10-at-00928 LOMBARD v. EMAAR USA et al.

Mr. Lombard a former partner in a Dubai public relations firm complained
about Apartheid and treatment of foreign workers at one of Emaar’s
flagship properties, The Springs.

Mr. Lombard, an American citizen, was repeatedly harassed by Emaar’s
security guards because of his stance. After he took his case directly
to Emaar’s chairman, Mohammed Ali Alabbar, Lombard was imprisoned for
almost two years, beaten and tortured in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

All charges against Lombard were dropped in February 2010 without
explanation. Non citizens are often imprisoned in Dubai at the whim of
officials or due to business disputes. Despite attempts by Dubai to
portray itself as a progressive business and tourist destination, the
reality is that hundreds of non citizens are jailed each year due to
minor civil disputes. Emaar and Mr. Alabbar became incensed at Lombard after local media picked up his story.
The lawsuit also charges Emaar’s USA Division with unfair competition under California law. Emaar is the developer of the ultra luxury Beverly West tower in Los Angeles.
According to attorney Jonathan Levy, Emaar engages in illicit  business practices by imprisoning and torturing its critics.

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Dubai Rape Case Alexandre Robert

Posted by 7starsdubai on January 20, 2008


 source Time

What allegedly happened in Dubai one steaming evening last summer would have been chilling enough in itself — the rape of a teenager by three strangers. But that act of violence also risks transforming a glittering metropolis and vacation destination, in the minds of some people, into a place to be avoided, and the attack has sparked strong reaction everywhere from Hollywood to the top levels of the French government.

Last July 14, Alexandre Robert, a 15-year-old French-Swiss youth living in Dubai with his hotel-manager father, was offered a ride home by an Emirati acquaintance from a beach club, where he was with a French friend. In the car were two local men. According to Alexandre, he was placed in the middle backseat, while the men drove the teenagers beyond the neon-soaked skyline and into the desert, where the three local men took turns raping him at knifepoint in the dark. His French friend was ordered to wait outside the car, and has told police he was not attacked. When the men finally deposited the distraught boys back in the city, they threatened to attack Alexandre’s family if he dared report them to the police.
The men could scarcely have expected what has unfolded since — an international incident involving President Nicolas Sarkozy and the United Arab Emirates leader Sheikh Zayid bin Sultan al-Nahyan. Last week, Alexandre’s mother launched a website called “Boycott Dubai,” hoping to hit at the economic heart of a city-state that has spent billions turning itself into one of the world’s top financial centers and a Western-friendly resort spot.
continue reading……..

The Website Alexandre Robert Mother launched

www.boycottdubai.com

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DubaiTouristen landen schnell im Knast

Posted by 7starsdubai on January 10, 2008


“Dubai ist eine aus Lügen gebaute Welt”


Quelle: Spiegel online

Von Ulrike Putz, Kairo

Dubais Touristen und Edel-Gastarbeiter leben im Luxus – und landen schnell im Knast. Der ägyptische Banker Mo wurde am Flughafen mit 0,03 Gramm Hasch erwischt und zu vier Jahren Haft verurteilt. Rechtshilfeorganisationen sind besorgt: Immer öfter gebe es wegen Lappalien drakonische Strafen.

Foto: Copyright Sheikha all Rights reserved

Kairo – Dubai

Eigentlich war seine Reise schon zu Ende, als die Odyssee begann. Der 27-jährige Mo hatte alle Passkontrollen hinter sich gebracht, sein Gepäck abgeholt, im Duty-Free in der Ankunftshalle des Flughafens Dubai noch zwei Fläschchen Parfum für Freunde erstanden.

Glitzerndes Emirat Dubai: “Opfer des Dubai-Marketings”Dann kam ein Mann in der weißen Dischdascha der Golf-Araber auf ihn zu. “Welche Nationalität”, fragte der Kriminalbeamte. Und ob er Hasch rauche. Nein, warum? “Du siehst so aus”, sagte der Mann in dem bodenlangen Gewand und befahl Mo mitzukommen.

Ein enger Raum in den Katakomben des Dubaier Flughafens war die erste Zelle, die der Banker von innen sah, die erste in einer langen Reihe.
Während er sich nackt ausziehen musste, wurden seine Sachen durchsucht. Schließlich fischte ein Sicherheitsbeamter ein dunkles Krümelchen aus Mos Jeanstasche. “Das ist doch Haschisch!”, rief er und Mo ahnte: Jetzt steck ich in der Klemme.
Seit anderthalb Jahren lebte er in Dubai und er hatte genug Geschichten über die drakonischen Strafmaße des Wüstenstaates gehört. Er wusste: Wer als Ausländer in Dubai mit dem Gesetz in Konflikt kommt, sollte sich auf alles gefasst machen.
Es war das glitzernde, glamouröse Image der Emirate, das den jungen Ägypter direkt nach dem Master-Abschluss in London nach Dubai zog. Als eine internationale Bank ihn für die Filiale am Golf anheuerte, freute er sich. Zehntausende hoffnungsfroher Berufsanfänger ziehen jedes Jahr nach Dubai: Europäer, Australier, Araber, alle mit exzellentem Englisch, viele mit Studienabschlüssen von renommierten Universitäten. “Die Emirate sind voller junger Abenteurer, man hat Spaß, feiert viel und arbeitet gleichzeitig sehr professionell”, erinnert sich Mo, der seinen Nachnamen nicht nennen möchte. Der Spaß war vorbei, als sich Mo am 4. Juni dieses Jahres in der Flughafenzelle wieder fand. “Da bin ich zum ersten Mal mit dem echten Dubai konfrontiert worden.”
“Ich kiffe nicht, das interessiert mich nicht”

Mos Geschichte hatte ein Woche zuvor in Kairo begonnen. Seine deutsch-ägyptische Lieblingscousine heiratete ihren neuseeländischen Freund, 300 Gäste waren angereist, aus aller Welt, um am Pool des besten Hotels in Kairo zu feiern. Auf Bitten von Partygästen besorgte Mo über Freunde ein Stück Haschisch, übergab es und vergaß die Angelegenheit. “Ich kiffe nicht, das interessiert mich nicht, ich hab mich da weiter nicht drum gekümmert.” Zwei Tage später reiste er ab, flog zuerst nach London, wo er noch eine Wohnung hat. Während des Zwischenstopps gab er seine Sachen in die Reinigung, auch die Hose, in deren Tasche er die etwa acht Gramm Hasch transportiert hatte, und in der anscheinend ein Krümel hängen geblieben war.

Am schlimmsten, sagt Mo, sei die Unsicherheit gewesen. Noch am Tag seiner Verhaftung hatten die Polizisten in seinem Beisein das Krümelchen gewogen, dass sie bei ihm gefunden hatten. Als die Waage 0,03 Gramm anzeigte, war Mo beruhigt: Das ist ja nichts, da kann mir ja nichts passieren, sagte er sich. Der Urintest war negativ, mit dem er auf Drogenkonsum getestet wurde. Mo wähnte sich schon bald frei.

Doch dann wurde er in eine Sammelzelle des Flughafengefängnisses gebracht. 130 Mann pro Raum, geschlafen wurde in Schichten, es stank, und was seine Zellengenossen berichteten, trieb Mo in die Verzweiflung. “Sie sagten mir auf den Kopf zu, dass ich vier Jahre kriegen würde, dass ich mir keine Illusionen machen soll.” Auch der zwischenzeitlich von seiner Familie engagierte Anwalt machte ihm keine Hoffnung. Wie im Film habe er daraufhin seinen Kopf gegen die Wand geschlagen und gefleht, dass alles nur ein Traum sei, erzählt Mo an diesem Nachmittag am Pool eines Luxushotels in Kairo.
Drei Minuten dauerte die Verhandlung

Wer ihn so auf seiner Liege sieht, könnte ihn für irgendeinen Sohn aus gutem Kairoer Hause halten: Ray-Ban-Sonnenbrille, edle Surf-Shorts, teure Sonnenkosmetik. Doch wer ihn reden hört, merkt: Vier lange Monate auf der Schattenseite des Lebens haben ihre Spuren hinterlassen. “Ich bin da noch lange nicht drüber weg, da müssen erst viele gute Dinge passieren, um das aufzuwiegen”, sagt Mo.

Einen Monat nach seiner Festnahme wird der junge Mann in das neue Zentralgefängnis in der Wüste von Dubai verlegt, seinen Job bei der Bank hat er längst verloren. Bis zum Prozess dauert es noch mal neun Wochen. “In Dubai gilt man als schuldig, bis das Gegenteil bewiesen ist, so sieht die Realität aus”, erzählt Mo. Drei Minuten, schätzt Mo, dauerte die Verhandlung, dann fiel das Urteil: Vier Jahre Haft wegen Drogenbesitzes für eigenen Gebrauch, danach Deportation.

Er wird in den Trakt für verurteilte Verbrecher verlegt, nach dem anfänglichen Schock findet er sich mit dem neuen Alltag ab. Drei Mal am Tag Essen, Ausgang an der frischen Luft, einmal wöchentlich nach Sonnenuntergang. Tagsüber dürfen die Gefangenen sich auf dem Flur aufhalten – “aber da sind auch richtig schwere Jungs, Mörder und Vergewaltiger, da will man nicht raus”.

Mo hat Glück, in seiner Zelle sind nur andere kleine Drogenfälle untergebracht. “Zwei Briten, ein Amerikaner, ein Libanese und ein weiterer Ägypter, alle wegen 0,01 bis 0,5 Gramm Hasch oder Marihuana.” Andere Flurgenossen sitzen für geradezu lachhafte Vergehen ein, erzählt Mo:

Ein Engländer, der sich während eines achtstündigen Aufenthalts am Dubaier Flughafen Bewegung verschaffen wollte und Liegestütze machte, habe drei Monate für “Belästigung des Flughafenbodens” bekommen.

Ein anderer habe mitten in der Wüste an eine Straßenlaterne gepinkelt und dafür ein Jahr Gefängnis bekommen.

Sie alle finden sich in einer Welt wieder, in der die Flurvorsteher Schutzgelder kassieren und Angebote für schnellen Sex auf der Zelle an der Tagesordnung sind.
Eines Tages knüppeln 40 Wachleute ohne ersichtlichen Grund auf die Gefangenen ein und hetzen Hunde auf sie. “Ein Armenier fiel dabei die Treppe herunter und ist seitdem gelähmt.” Der Fall schlägt Wellen, Dubaier Medien berichteten von der missglückten “Übung” der Wärter, eine Menschenrechtskommission der Dubaier Polizei ermittelt.

Nicht alle Geschichten, die Mo aus dem Gefängnis erzählt, sind wie die des Armeniers nachprüfbar. Unglaubwürdig sind sie nicht.
“Dubai legt seine Gesetze sehr harsch aus”, sagt Saima Hirji, Anwältin bei “Fair Trials Abroad”, einer Londoner Organisation, die seit 1992 dafür kämpft, im Ausland Verhafteten faire Prozesse zu garantieren. Die Anzahl der Fälle, in denen in den Vereinigten Arabischen Emiraten Petitessen mit drakonischen Strafen geahndet werden, habe in den vergangenen Jahren “bedenklich zugenommen, es ist besorgniserregend”. Vier Jahre als Mindeststrafe für Drogenvergehen “darf einfach nicht wahr sein”, sagt die Anwältin.

“Für immer ein vier Monate langes Loch in meinem Leben”

Auch ihre Organisation habe Leute beraten, bei denen – genau wie bei Mo – mit dem bloßen Auge nicht sichtbare Mengen Drogen gefunden wurden. “Da fragt man sich dann, ob nicht jeder, der mal in Kontakt mit Drogen war, gefährdet ist”, sagt Hirji und berichtet von einem Fall, bei dem der Angeklagte mit dem Schuh in etwas getreten war, was die Polizei als eine winzige Menge Haschisch identifizierte. Angesichts solcher Fälle gebe es kaum eine Chance, sich davor zu schützen, in die Fänge der Dubaier Justiz zu geraten.

“Touristen sollten sich informieren und sich bewusst sein, dass ihnen im Zweifelsfall auch die Botschaft kaum helfen kann.”

Mo hatte letztlich Glück im Unglück. Jedes Jahr erlässt der Scheich von Dubai zum Fastenmonat Ramadan eine Amnestie. Dieses Jahr wurden 480 freigelassen, Mo war dabei. In seiner weißen Gefängniskluft setzte die Polizei ihn am Flughafen ab, an dem er vier Monate vorher gelandet war. Sein Alptraum war vorbei, doch hat er “für immer ein vier Monate langes Loch im Leben”, sagt Mo. Den Verdienstausfall und die Anwaltskosten zusammen genommen haben ihn die 0,03 Gramm Haschisch 50.000 Dollar gekostet. Für eine Weile will er sich in Kairo erholen, dann einen neuen Job in Asien antreten.

Eins, sagt Mo, ist sicher: “Selbst wenn ich dürfte, würde ich nie wieder eine Fuß nach Dubai setzen.” Dubai sehe nach Spaß aus, könne sich aber in einer Sekunde in ein Desaster, in ein Drama verwandelt. “Es ist eine aus Lügen gebaute Welt.”

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Vergewaltigung in Dubai – Der Fall Alexandre Robert

Posted by 7starsdubai on January 10, 2008


Entführt, vergewaltigt, als Homosexueller kriminalisiert: Der Fall eines 15-jährigen Franzosen, der in Dubai von drei Männern missbraucht und vielleicht mit HIV infiziert wurde, sorgt für Empörung in Frankreich und Aufregung in den Emiraten. Jetzt begann der Prozess gegen die Täter.
Dubai – Touristenmagnet, Boom-City und Steuerparadies in einem: Dubai lockt seit Jahren Millionen von Ausländern in die Wüste am Persischen Golf. Doch nicht immer hält die glitzernde arabische Metropole, was sie an Modernität verspricht.REUTERS
Vor dem Gerichtsgebäude in Dubai: Véronique Robert umarmt ihren Sohn AlexandreDies musste ein 15-jähriger Franzose schmerzlich erfahren, als er am 14. Juli dieses Jahres mit einem Freund in das Auto eines ihm bekannten Dubaiers stieg, um sich von einem Einkaufszentrum nach Hause fahren zu lassen. In dem Wagen saßen seiner späteren Aussage zufolge noch zwei weitere Einheimische. Sie fuhren mit den beiden Franzosen in die Wüste, bedrohten sie mit einem Messer, hießen den einen, sich hinter einer Sanddüne zu verstecken, während sie den anderen im Auto der Reihe nach vergewaltigten.
Dann fuhren die Männer den misshandelten Alexandre Robert zurück in die Stadt und warfen ihn aus dem Auto – nicht ohne ihm eine Drohung mit auf den Weg zu geben: “Ich werde dein Haus niederbrennen und deine Eltern verbrennen, nachdem ich Sex mit deiner Mutter gehabt habe”, soll einer der Männer laut Aussage des 15-Jährigen gesagt haben.
Alexandre alarmierte trotzdem sofort die Polizei und erstattete Anzeige. Drei Stunden lang vernahmen ihn die Ermittler, dann nahmen sie noch am selben Tag die drei Verdächtigen fest.

Jetzt standen die 18 und 35 Jahre alten mutmaßlichen Vergewaltiger in Dubai wegen Entführung und sexuellen Missbrauchs vor Gericht. Ein dritter, erst 17 Jahre alter Junge muss sich vor dem Jugendgericht verantworten. Alle Angeklagten plädieren auf nicht schuldig. Bei einer Verurteilung droht den Erwachsenen die Todesstrafe, der Minderjährige muss mit bis zu zehn Jahren Haft rechnen.

Für Alexandre Robert häuften sich nach dem Überfall die Probleme: Noch in der Tatnacht besuchte er eigenen Angaben zufolge einen Arzt, der ihn kurz untersuchte und das gefundene Sperma zur DNA-Analyse gab. Auf zusätzliche Blutuntersuchungen habe der Arzt damals verzichtet, hieß es. In seinen Bericht schrieb der Mediziner, er habe “keine Anzeichen einer Zwangspenetration” feststellen können. Zum Abschied habe er nach Angaben des Teenagers gesagt:
“Ich weiß, dass du homosexuell bist. Du kannst es ruhig zugeben.Ich sehe das.”

Was in westlichen Staaten als Diskriminierung und Vorurteil gilt, bekommt in Dubai ein vollkommen anderes Gewicht: Denn hier, in dem halbautonomen Stadtstaat der Vereinigten Emirate, ist jede Art von Homosexualität – egal ob freiwillig oder eine Vergewaltigung – ungesetzlich und kann mit Haftstrafen bis zu einem Jahr geahndet werden.
Weil französische Diplomaten die Familie Robert auf diesen Tatbestand aufmerksam machten, verließ sie Anfang Oktober Dubai, den Ort, wo Alexandre zur Schule ging und sein Vater als Hotelmanager arbeitet.

“Homosexualität ist sowohl zivilrechtlich als auch gemäß der Scharia in den Vereinigten Arabischen Emiraten illegal”, erklärt Regina Spöttl, Länderkoordinatorin für Saudi Arabien und die Golfstaaten bei Amnesty International. Zwar gebe es Entsprechungen zu den bürgerlichen Gesetzbüchern, wie wir sie kennen, diese basierten aber alle auf den islamischen Gesetzesvorschriften. Homosexualität sei dabei eines der großen gesellschaftlichen Tabuthemen und werde als Abweichung von der Norm, als Sünde und Krankheit begriffen: “Uns sind Fälle bekannt, in denen Männer, die für homosexuelle Aktivitäten verurteilt wurden, mit Hormonen behandelt wurden, um sie von dieser angeblichen Krankheit zu heilen”, sagte Spöttl SPIEGEL ONLINE.

Es gebe diverse Gummiparagrafen wie unsittliches Verhalten oder Erregung öffentlichen Ärgernisses, die vor Gericht benutzt würden, um Haftstrafen zu verhängen. Immer wieder würden auch Auspeitschungen angeordnet, erklärt die Menschenrechtlerin.
Ein Schicksal, das dem 15-jährigen Alexandre hoffentlich erspart bleibt.
Der “New York Times” sagte ein Vertreter der Generalstaatsanwaltschaft in Dubai, man habe nicht die Absicht, den jungen Franzosen strafrechtlich zu verfolgen. Vielmehr strebe man die Todesstrafe für die Täter an. “Dieses Verbrechen ist eine gegen die Gesellschaft gerichtete Schandtat”, so der Sprecher.

Alexandre in Angst vor Aids
Ende August mussten die Roberts eine weitere Horrornachricht verkraften: Einer der mutmaßlichen Vergewaltiger ist HIV-positiv und an Hepatitis erkrankt – eine Tatsache, die von den Behörden in Dubai zunächst offenbar verschwiegen wurde. “Das war eine große Lüge”, empörte sich die Mutter des Opfers, Véronique Robert, jahrelang Mitarbeiterin des TV-Senders “Canal Plus”. Man habe wissentlich verhindert, dass ihr Sohn adäquat medizinisch behandelt wird, nur damit niemand erfahre, dass es Aids auch in den Emiraten gibt: “Die Regierung hat mit dem Leben meines Kindes gespielt”, sagte sie beim Prozessauftakt vor Reportern.
Der Polizeichef von Dubai, Dahi Khalfan Tamim, wies die Vorwürfe von sich: “Dieser Fall ist ein Gerichtsfall. Ich glaube, sie (Frau Robert) beschuldigt einfach jeden.” Weitere Kommentare wollte er nicht abgeben. continue reading………

 

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