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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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British Burj Al Arab Tourist beaten to Death in a Dubai police station

Posted by 7starsdubai on April 14, 2011


Dubai Burj Al Arab

A British tourist was beaten to death by officers in a Dubai police station after being arrested for swearing, it was

Dubai British Tourist beaten to death at Police stationclaimed yesterday.

Lee Bradley Brown, 39, was on holiday at a £1,000-a-night hotel in the Arab state when he was thrown into a filthy cell.

Police sources say he was ‘badly beaten up’ by a group of police officers, leaving him unconscious on the floor.

Inmates told how they watched officers bundle him into a body-bag and drag him out of the building.

During Mr Brown’s six days in Bur Dubai police station, guards refused to give him enough food and water and did not let him see a lawyer, it is alleged.

His sister learned about the attack when she received a phone call from an inmate on Sunday, claiming her brother had been beaten.

The prisoner found her phone number on a photocopy of her brother’s passport which had been left behind in the cell.

She contacted the British Embassy in Dubai, and on Monday an official was sent to visit Mr Brown at the police station.

But the official was turned away by an officer who claimed Mr Brown did not want to see him and had ‘declined consular assistance’.

source continue reading Daily Mail

or The SUN

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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.

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Human rights UAE – Sheikh Issa Al Nahyan

Posted by 7starsdubai on January 26, 2010


source Financial Times

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Shahram Abdullah Zadeh vs Al Fajer Properties – A Dubai Deal called into Questions

Posted by 7starsdubai on December 5, 2009


original published Wall Street Journal

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123457503562586691.html

jbc-towersDUBAI — Amid the movers and shakers of this glittering city, Shahram Abdullah Zadeh cut a wide swathe. He cruised around town in a white Bentley and dined with royalty as his company ( Al Fajer Properties)  developed one of the emirate’s premier office complexes, the Jumeirah Business Centre Towers located at the Jumeirah Lake Towers district in Dubai.

But in February 2008, a phone call from Dubai’s state security effectively ended it all.

Hauled in and locked up for 60 days, Mr. Zadeh says he was interrogated about his role in Dubai’s freewheeling real-estate sector and his business relationship with the brother-in-law of Dubai’s ruler, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. When released, Mr. Zadeh says he had been frozen out of the real-estate company he had helped start.

Mr. Zadeh’s experience, compiled though court and company documents, offers a rare window into the murky business world that helped transform this city from an empty coastline into a metropolis. It also may offer a cautionary tale for investors lured to the city, which bills itself as the modern face of a new Middle East. Dubai is one of seven semi-autonomous emirates that make up the United Arab Emirates.

The U.S. government and human-rights groups have long criticized the judicial system in the U.A.E for a lack of independence and oversight. In the good times, investors didn’t fret much about these shortcomings. Now, some of the same deals that helped build Dubai are coming undone — in particular, a tradition of off-the-book business partnerships between Emirati citizens and elite expatriates like Mr. Zadeh, who was born in Iran.

Shahram Abdullah  Zadeh claims his detention came after a business dispute with his partner at Al Fajer Properties, Sheikh Hasher bin Juma’a Al Maktoum and his son, Sheikh Maktoum bin Hasher Maktoum al Maktoum. Both men are members of the extended family of Dubai’s ruler, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

Mr. Zadeh alleges the two men took control of the firm while he was in custody, according to a lawsuit he filed with Dubai’s public prosecution office last year.

Mr. Zadeh has not been charged with a crime.

But for the past year, authorities have held onto his passport, making it impossible for him to travel or find work.

“I used to believe in the miracle of Dubai. But now I see it all as a mirage,” said Mr. Zadeh, 37. Sheikh Hasher denies any wrongdoing. He says he was not responsible for Mr. Zadeh’s jailing and that he removed him from the company because Dubai authorities said he had offered bribes, an allegation Mr. Zadeh denies.

Some of Mr. Zadeh’s claims are impossible to verify independently. His only copy of the real-estate partnership agreement is missing, and official company documents show the Sheikh Hasher as sole owner. Dubai’s security services, the public prosecutors’ office and the Dubai ruler’s court all either declined to comment or didn’t respond to repeated requests for comment.

Last fall, the Emirates’ Human Rights Association, a government body, wrote to authorities asking for an explanation about why Mr. Zadeh’s passport was being held. The group did not receive any response, according to his lawyers.

Shahram Abdullah Zadeh grew up in Dubai, attending school with the children of some of the city’s top families. He managed his family’s hotel and retail holdings and decided to go into business himself in 2000. Real-estate development was off limits to foreigners, even longtime residents like himself. So, he turned to a common practice — a silent partnership with a U.A.E. citizen.

Typically, such partnerships involve an Emirati acquiring a business license and then granting his foreign partner management control. The foreigner either pays an annual fee to the Emirati or the two share profits. The terms are set forth in a parallel set of documents, separate from those submitted to the government. Such contracts are so common that courts here have upheld them in disputes, according to commercial lawyers here.

In 2004, an old friend of Mr.  Shahram Zadeh’s father brokered an introduction with Sheikh Hasher Maktoum bin Juma al Maktoum. The Sheikh owns Al Fajer Enterprises, a conglomerate that includes a construction and contracting arm.

In affidavits filed with Dubai’s prosecution office, Mr. Zadeh contends that he and Sheikh Hasher Maktoum bin Juma Al Maktoum verbally agreed to a partnership, signing a contract on Feb. 1, 2006.

The partnership, Mr. Zadeh says, established the two men as co-owners of Al Fajer Properties. The men would split profits equally and would invest equal amounts of capital. The contract named Mr. Zadeh as chief executive.

shahram-zadehShahram Abdullah Zadeh  provided $335,000 in start-up capital, and he invested another approximately $30 million in the company, according to bank documents reviewed by The Wall Street Journal.

Mr. Zadeh’s affidavits contend Sheikh HasherMaktoum bin Juma Al Maktoum didn’t contribute any capital. Sheikh Hasher denies the equity partnership ever existed.

Business took off quickly.

One of Al Fajer’s biggest projects was a planned $750-million development of five office towers,the Jumeirah Business Centre Towers,  set just inland from Dubai’s man-made, palm-tree-shaped island. Shahram Zadeh bought three of the five plots for the 40-story towers with his own money, according to financial documents. With investors lined up for units, he then awarded $215 million worth of contracts to the construction arm of Sheikh Hasher’s Al Fajer Enterprises, according to company documents.

But by late 2007, the contractors were behind schedule, according to company documents and former employees. Al Fajer Properties was facing fines for the delays, and buyers were starting to complain.

Sheikh Maktoum Hasher bin Juma al Maktoum wanted payments to continue to his companies, but Mr. Zadeh claims he said no.

The sheikh complained in a series of text messages that unless  Shahram Abdullah Zadeh released more cash, the Sheikhs contracting companies would go bankrupt.

On Feb. 21, 2008,  Shahram Abdullah Zadeh claims, he received an unusual phone call from Dubai State Security, asking him to come in that evening for a talk. When he arrived, , he claims that police blindfolded him, put him into a sport-utility vehicle and drove him to a detention center.

In the eight weeks he was jailed, Shahram Abdullah  Zadeh says he was never accused of a specific crime or shown an arrest warrant. Instead, he says, he was repeatedly interrogated about his personal life and Al Fajer’s operations, and gave his interrogators the combination to the company’s safe after they asked for it. “They told me that if I did not cooperate that they would ruin me,”  Shahram Abdullah  Zadeh said.

Mr. Zadeh contends the only copy of his partnership agreement with Sheikh Hasher Maktoum bin Juma Al Maktoum was in the safe. Former employees of Al Fajer say the company safe was emptied while Mr. Zadeh was jailed.

On March 6, Sheikh Hasher’s son, Sheikh Maktoum bin Hasher Al Maktoum, was named the new chief executive of Al Fajer Properties. Sheikh Hasher hired international accountants to audit Al Fajer Properties  books, according to former employees. He then presented the findings to employees and select clients, accusing Shahram Abdullah  Zadeh of embezzling funds. Phone calls and emails sent to lawyers and accountants of Al Fajer Properties were not returned.

Sheikh Hasher says Mr. Zadeh stole money from him, but the Sheikh did not provide evidence, or the audit, to back his claim. Mr. Zadeh denies it.

Prosecutors refused to investigate the case, citing an order from Dubai’s attorney general, an official appointed by the ruler.

In November 2008 , Shahram Abdullah  Zadeh tried one last option. He approached the ruler’s diwan, or court administration, and asked for mediation from Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum himself.

So far, there has been no reply.

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