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Son of UAE94 Detainee Tortured for Four Days

[Logo of the Alkarama Foundation. Image from alkarama.org]

[The following press release was issued by the Alkarama Foundation on 3 April 2014] Osama Al Najjar, an Emirati human rights activist and the son of one of the 'UAE94', was tortured for four days during his secret detention by officers from the state security services who arrested him for a tweet. He was arrested on 17 March 2014 on his way back home, the day after he posted a tweet in reply to a radio statement made by the Emir of Sharjah Emirate on the 'UAE94' case. On 19 March, as he was held in secret detention, Alkarama solicited the urgent intervention of the UN Special Procedures with the UAE authorities. It was only two weeks later that Alkarama learned ...

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Press Release: Crackdown on 'UAE94' Activists Extends to Relatives

[Logo of the Alkarama Foundation. Image from alkarama.org]

[The following press release was issued by the Alkarama Foundation on 19 March 2014] Two days ago, Osama Al Najjar, a 25 year-old architectural engineer, was arrested on the road by several men in civilian clothes on his way back home from a visit to his doctor at around 4 pm. Osama is now being held in an unknown location outside the protection of the law. Given the systematic use of torture in detention centres controlled by the Emirati security services, Alkarama solicited the urgent intervention of the UN Special Rapporteur of torture today to ensure that Osama Al Najjar is not subjected to any torture or ill-treatment, and is immediately released. "We do not ...

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Press Release: Seven-Year UAE Prison Sentence for Qatari Doctor Based on Forced Confessions

[Logo of the Alkarama Foundation. Image from alkarama.org]

[The following press release was issued by the Alkarama Foundation on 9 March 2014] UAE: Qatari Doctor Sentenced to 7 Years in Prison on Basis of Forced Confessions Dr Abdulrahmane Al Jaidah, a Qatari doctor arrested one year ago at Dubai international Airport by the State Security Services, was sentenced to seven years imprisonment following an unfair trial on 3 March 2014 by the Abu Dhabi Federal Supreme Court for "helping an illegal secret organisation". He is currently imprisoned in Al-Razeen prison, the same detention facility where some of the UAE94 are being unlawfully detained. Today, Alkarama asked the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention to ...

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How to Do Things with Hair

[Rokni and Ramin Haerizadeh

How to Do Things with Hair Curated by Barrak Alzaid  thejamjar, Dubai, UAE 26 October—2 December, 2013   Curator Barrak Alzaid has been critically grappling with hair—men’s body hair, to be more precise—for years now. “I find men’s body hair compelling, and as I did studio visits over the last four years, I began to log the variety of ways in which men’s body hair, or accessories of men’s body hair, were deployed.” Alzaid recently translated this ongoing professional and personal engagement into an exhibition hosted by Dubai creative space thejamjar. He presented works by six artists that creatively confront some of the ways in which “hair” has been ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (November 19)

[Riyadh Flood, 16 November 2013. Image from Kuwaitiful.com]

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on the Arabian Peninsula and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Arabian Peninsula Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to ap@jadaliyya.com by Monday night of every week.] Regional and International Relations Thaw in US-Iran relations prompts alarm in Gulf states Simeon Kerr analyzes the Gulf states’ anxiety over talks between Washington and Tehran. Two old foes unite against Tehran Uzi Mahnaimi writes on the cooperation of Saudi and Israeli intelligence agencies on plans for a possible attack on ...

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'Mapping Dubai' in New York City

[The Hor-al-Anz Street Corner in Dubai. Image by Yasser Elsheshtawy]

A multimedia section from “Mapping Dubai,” a research project undertaken by Yasser Elsheshtawy, is currently featured in the BMW Guggenheim Lab exhibition in New York. “Participatory City: 100 Urban Trends” is on view at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum from 11 October 2013 to 4 January 2014. The exhibition is a global project that offers free programs and projects about important urban challenges in cities around the world. It explores the major themes and ideas that emerged from the Lab during its travels to New York, Berlin, and Mumbai from 2011 to 2013. Led by international, interdisciplinary Lab Teams–groups of emerging talents in the areas of urbanism, ...

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UAE Prisoners Begin Hunger Strike

[Emirates Centre for Human Rights logo. Image from echr.org.uk]

[This report was originally published by the Emirates Centre for Human Rights on 2 August 2013.] UAE Prisoners Begin Hunger Strike in Protest at Continued Mistreatment   At least five of the sixty-one prisoners convicted of sedition in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have begun a hunger strike in what they claim is a protest at continued mistreatment by authorities.   The hunger strike, which began on 31 July, is said to be a protest against alleged beatings, severe restrictions on family visits, and the banning of group prayer for prisoners.   Other complaints include authorities turning off air conditioning as temperatures rise above forty degrees ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (July 9)

[Bahraini Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad al-Khalifa with US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, 7 June 2013. Image from Flickr/DoD Photo By Glenn Fawcett.]

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on the Arabian Peninsula and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Arabian Peninsula Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to ap@jadaliyya.com by Monday night of every week.]  Reports and Opinions  Change in Qatar? As’ad AbuKhalil provides a critical perspective on the recent abdication of the Qatari emir.  Sheikha Moza, matriarch of the modern Gulf Simeon Kerr and Roula Khalaf write on the legacy of the former Qatari first lady, whose son became the new ruler after his father’s ...

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New Texts Out Now: Neha Vora, Impossible Citizens: Dubai's Indian Diaspora

[Cover of Neha Vora,

Neha Vora, Impossible Citizens: Dubai's Indian Diaspora. Durham: Duke University Press, 2013. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Neha Vora (NV): I have always had an interest in South Asian diasporas, particularly in the forms of identification, cultural production, and belonging that occur as people move from “homeland” to new locales—how they imagine home and how they imagine themselves and their communities in relation to others. When I entered my PhD program in anthropology in 2002, I was searching for a non-Western field site in which to study South Asian migration and diaspora, because I felt the literature was too centered on experiences of ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (May 29)

[Workers and Sunbathers in Dubai. 2009. Image from flickr/Ammar Abd Rabbo]

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on the Arabian Peninsula and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Arabian Peninsula Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to ap@jadaliyya.com by Monday night of every week.] Regional and International Relations Saudi reportedly executes Yemeni gang members A news report on the beheading of five Yemenis and the public display of their bodies in Jizan, on Al Jazeera English. Saudi Arabia arrests more ‘Iran spy ring’ suspects A news report on the arrest of eight Saudis and two foreign nationals ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (May 14)

[Joint naval exercises involving the US and forty of her allies were held in the Gulf this past week. Image from flickr/Ryan O'Connor. 2005.]

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on the Arabian Peninsula and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Arabian Peninsula Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to ap@jadaliyya.com by Monday night of every week.] Reports and Opinions FBI surrounds house of Saudi student after sightings of him with pressure cooker pot – only to discover he was cooking RICE Martin Jay writes on Talal al Rouki who aroused suspicion when he carried a pressure cooker to a friend’s house, in the Daily Mail. Saudi Arabia to punish men for converting ...

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Open Letter to UK Prime Minister David Cameron Regarding UAE President's Visit

[Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan. Image via Wikimedia Commons]

[The following letter was issued by a group of human rights organizations, including the Alkarama Foundation, on 25 April 2013. UAE President, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, is scheduled to visit the United Kingdom today.]  Dear Prime Minister, We are writing to urge you to express the UK government's grave concern in relation to human rights abuses in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) when you meet the country's president, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, in the course of his forthcoming state visit to the United Kingdom. The UAE's discriminatory and disproportionate response to peaceful criticism, its severe violations of due process and fair trial rights, ...

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Press Release: UN Claims UAE Government Has Duty to Release UAE94

[The following press release was issued on 20 March 2014 by the Alkarama Foundation] The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention's independent experts adopted an opinion confirming the arbitrary nature of the detention of those detained in the 'UAE94' case and requested the UAE government release them. Today, the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (WGAD) issued Opinion No. 60/2013 in which it considers the deprivation of liberty of the 61 individuals detained in ...

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Press Release: Where is Jamal Al Hammadi?

[The following press release was issued by the Alkarama Foundation on 4 March 2014] Jamal Al Hammadi, a teacher of Islamic education from Khor Fakkan abducted on 20 April 2013 by state security services, was last seen 5 February 2014 in Abu Dhabi's State Security prison. A group of detainees recently transferred from this prison facility reported that Jamal was being detained there in very harsh conditions. Jamal is the brother of Fuad Mohammed Al Hammadi, one of the "UAE94", serving a 10-year ...

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In Conversation with Artist Nadia Ayari

Since the start of her artistic practice over a decade ago, Nadia Ayari has engaged painting and the history of its development with marked intensity and seriousness. Adding to the complexity that one finds in her usage of the medium is her subject matter, which is not easily decipherable; figural but somehow abstracted and simultaneously sensual with tinges of the grotesque. Her “figures” are outwardly peculiar, psychologically laden, and allegorically political—a combination that is accentuated by the ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (December 10)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on the Arabian Peninsula and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Arabian Peninsula Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to ap@jadaliyya.com by Monday night of every week.] Regional and International Relations Hezbollah blames Saudi for embassy attack The Secretary General of Hezbollah accuses Saudi Arabia of being behind the twin ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (November 12)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on the Arabian Peninsula and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Arabian Peninsula Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to ap@jadaliyya.com by Monday night of every week.] Regional and International Relations U.S.-Saudi Relations Patrick Chappatte's cartoon on the tense relations between Washington and Riyadh, and John Kerry’s ...

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إصلاح أسواق العمل في بلدان الخليج العربية التبريد بالقبّعة

من بين أسوأ المناظر التي تختزل حالة حقوق الإنسان في بلدان الخليج العربية هو مشهد عمال البناء وصيانة الطرق وهم يعملون تحت شمس منتصف الظهيرة، حين تصل درجة الحرارة إلى 45 في الظل وتزيد عن 50 درجة في الأماكن المكشوفة. يصبح إجبار العمال على العمل رغم لهب الشمس الحارق مقارباً للحكم عليهم بالموت عاجلاً أو آجلاً. كثيرون يسقطون مغمياً عليهم وقد يؤدي السقوط إلى الموت في حال من يعمل منهم في مواقع بناء مرتفعة أو على السقالات. هي شمس لاهبة في مواقع عمل مكشوفة تحرق أجساداً لا تتحاشاها خوفاً من خصم في الأجر أو الطرد من ...

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Norwegian Woman Sent to Prison After Reporting Rape in UAE

[The following report was originally published by the Emirates Center for Human Rights on 19 July 2013.] A twenty-five-year-old Norwegian woman has been sentenced to a sixteen-month prison sentence, convicted of "having sex outside of marriage," after reporting a rape incident to Dubai police.   Marte Deborah Dalelv reported that she had been raped to Dubai authorities on March 6, but had her passport confiscated and money seized before being charged four days later.   Dalelv was ...

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Reports of Systematic Torture in UAE Prisons

[The following statement was issued by Alkarama on 27 June 2013.]   Smuggled Notes Detail Serios Aburse in Detention (Beirut, June 26 2013) -- United Arab Emirates state security officers have subjected detainees to systematic mistreatment, including torture, say hand-written letters from detainees smuggled out of jails, Alkarama, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch said today. The groups obtained 22 statements written by some of the 94people on trial for allegedly plotting to overthrow ...

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Gulf 2013: The Constant and the Changing

[The following is the executive summary of the new publication Gulf 2013: The Constant and the Changing published by the Gulf Centre for Development Policies. For the Arabic version, click here.] Executive Summary This work focuses on developments in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) over the past two years. It has been written in its entirety by more than twenty experts from the GCC, and its intended audience is the people of the GCC. How does the strategic water reserve in Bahrain—just one ...

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Human Rights Activist Waleed Al-Shehhi Arrested in UAE

[The following report was originally published by the Gulf Center for Human Rights on 13 May 2013.] On 11 May 2013, human rights defender and online activist Waleed Al-Shehhi was arrested by the State security apparatus in Ajman. Waleed Al-Shehhi has been active in defending the 94 detained human rights defenders and activists known as the UAE 94 who were arrested over the past 16 months in a crackdown on freedom of expression in UAE. Their trial continues this week. Waleed Al-Shehhi’s exact ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (April 30)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on the Arabian Peninsula and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Arabian Peninsula Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to ap@jadaliyya.com by Monday night of every week.] Regional and International Relations ‘East of Suez’: Are UK forces returning? Frank Gardner reports on British efforts to establish a permanent military ...

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Another Al Islah Member Disappeared as the “UAE94” Trial Continues

[The following report on the disappearance of Emirati Al Islah movement member Abdulwahed Al Shuhi appeared on Al Karama website on 22 April 2013.] On 26 March 2013—the day of the fifth hearing of the “UAE94”—Abdulwahed Al Shuhi, a member of the Al Islah movement, was arrested at his office in Dubai by police officers. One month later, his whereabouts remain unknown. His story recalls the cases of other Al Islah activists who are not amongst the “UAE94” but who have been disappeared for several ...

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