If the Princess of Dubai herself tries to run away from this country then you need to think twice about patronising it.
The dark secrets of Dubai seem unreal, but they are real.
Wake up. Don’t just travel somewhere because everyone is doing it.
If you have a heart or a humane bone in you you should be concerned about being a part of those nonchalant sheep people who blindly glorify a nation that is corrupt, enslaves people, who treat women like second class citizens with no rights and where foreigners are easily arrested and treated like dirt.
Here we reveal a couple of horrifying reasons (all completely against human rights)to boycott Dubai:
- Despite some advances, women remain second class citizens in the UAE, where the concept of “male guardianship,” incorporated in UAE law, denies women the right to make autonomous decisions about marriage. Because of this, a woman cannot marry unless her male guardian concludes her marriage contract. If he objects, she can appeal to a judge to act as her guardian. Men, on the other hand, can marry up to four wives. Once married, the law requires a woman to be obedient to her husband.
2. Many women are in paid employment in the UAE, but a woman who takes work without her husband’s consent can be deemed “disobedient” under the law. In one case Human Rights Watch documented, a court found that a woman victim of domestic violence had breached the law by working without her husband’s permission.
3. A man retains a unilateral right to divorce. A woman who wishes to divorce must apply for a court order, which may be granted only on limited grounds, unless her husband has formally given her a unilateral right to divorce. Alternatively, women can dissolve their marriage through what is known as khul’, but this requires giving up financial rights to the mahr— the dowry she received as part of the marriage contract.
4. Furthermore, the UAE has no specific law on domestic violence. While general Penal Code provisions, such as on assault, can apply to spousal abuse, UAE law fails to spell out protection measures and the responsibilities of police, courts, and other government agencies in addressing domestic violence and other abuse. There have been recent calls, such as by the Dubai Foundation for Women and Children and the Abu Dhabi public prosecutor, for a law on domestic violence, but as yet there is no sign of such legislation on the horizon. By contrast, UAE law allows the “chastisement” by a husband of his wife and minor children, so long as the assault does not exceed the limits prescribed by Sharia (Islamic law). In 2010, the UAE’s Federal Supreme Court cited this law—Penal Code article 53—when it ruled that husbands may beat or use other forms of punishment or coercion against their wives so long as this does not leave physical marks. Human Rights Watch has documented three cases in which UAE police discouraged women from reporting domestic violence and failed to properly investigate their complaints.
5. UAE laws also make it difficult for women who are sexually assaulted or subjected to rape to report these crimes, as this may lead to their prosecution on charges of zina (sexual relations outside of marriage).
6. Migrant domestic workers are among the most vulnerable groups of women in the UAE although they are a main element of the country’s workforce. At least 146,000 women, primarily from Asia and Africa, have migrated to the UAE for domestic work. Many enjoy good working conditions, but others face severe abuses. In its 2014 report, Human Rights Watch documented how the UAE’s visa sponsorship system, known as kafala, and the explicit exclusion of domestic workers from labor law protections, leave migrant domestic workers exposed to abuse and exploitation. Before publishing its report, Human Rights Watch spoke to 99 domestic workers in the UAE. Many described not being paid earnings due to them, not being permitted rest periods or time off, confined to the homes of their employers, and excessive work, with working days of up to 21 hours. They described being deprived of food and reported psychological, physical, and sexual abuse. Many said their employers treated them like animals, or as if they were dirty and that any physical contact with them would be contaminating. In some cases, the abuses amounted to forced labor or trafficking.
Women in the UAE, both Emirati and migrants, contribute hugely to UAE society. They deserve more than fine words from the men who rule the UAE. They deserve far-reaching reforms to ensure the country’s laws, policies, and practices repudiate discrimination and promote basic equality of rights and opportunities.
- Extract from Rothna Begum of the Human rights watch.
IF THIS HORRIFYING STORY DOESN’T MOVE YOU THEN NOTHING WILL
New photos have emerged of the runaway daughter of the ruler of Dubai six months after she tried to flee from the country to start a new life.
Pictures were released of Princess Latifa – who has not been seen since her escape bid – as Amnesty International accused the Arab kingdom of ‘torture and kidnap’ over her disappearance.
The never-before-seen photos – released by a friend who helped her escape – show the Princess taking part in her favourite hobby of skydiving, while others show her playing with two of her dogs.
Princess Latifa has not been seen or heard from since March when MailOnline first revealed she had attempted to leave Dubai and the strict control of her life by her father, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashed Al-Maktoum.
The 32-year-old was forcibly taken back to Dubai after being tracked down by UAE forces to a yacht moored off the coast of India.
A former French secret service agent who also assisted the Princess and three members of his yacht’s crew were beaten up after their vessel was seized.
Amnesty has today called on the United Arab Emirates to respect Princess Latifa’s right to be allowed to leave the country.
In a statement the human rights organisation called on the UAE’s international allies to pressure the Government of Dubai to cease holding the Princess.
The United Nations are set to discuss the enforced disappearance of the Princess next week in Geneva where they are expected to heavily criticise the Dubai authorities for their silence on the Princess whereabouts.
A spokesman for Amnesty said: ‘Today marks six months since Sheikha Latifa and five other people were detained at sea by Indian and UAE security forces while the boat they were aboard was seized.
‘Sheikha Latifa has been held incommunicado in an undisclosed location by the UAE. Amnesty International considers this incident to have entailed multiple crimes under international law by both India and UAE, including arbitrary detention, torture and enforced disappearance.
The national Government of the UAE – a federal state of which Dubai is a constituent member – should act to ensure that Dubai respects its citizens’ human rights.’
Since her escape attempt the fate of Princess Latifa is unknown as she has not been seen in public and her father refuses to say where she is.
Dubai Government sources only confirmed she was back in the country and that she was ‘with her family’ and ‘doing excellent’.
But the NGO Detained in Dubai, who have led the campaign for her release, fear she might never be seen again unless international pressure can be brought on the Arab kingdom.
The Princess escaped with Ms Jauhiainen and planned to start a new life in America but three weeks into her escape bid, their yacht Nostromo was surrounded by Indian forces.
MailOnline told how the Princess left Dubai claiming she had been mistreated and had restrictions imposed on her by her father.
Visit the link below to watch the shocking video of the princess talking about her dilemma and reasons for fleeing.