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Detained in Dubai advises re-evaluation of Western ties with UAE in wake of UK PHD student Matthew H

It has been a bad year for the UAE. First, the daughter of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Ruler of Dubai, records a video detailing horrific abuse she and her sister suffered at his hands; then she tries to escape the country. The UAE and India illegally raid the American-registered yacht that was ferrying her to safety, and kidnap all those onboard; all in the name of enforcing Islamic Law in international waters. The UAE is facing a United Nations enquiry into the incident, as well as an ongoing FBI investigation, and both civil and criminal legal action on behalf of the victims. Recently, there have been several high profile cases that exposed the dangers of visiting the UAE,

Young British academic detained in UAE for ‘spying’

British citizen, and PhD student Matthew Hedges, 31, was arrested last May at Dubai airport as he sought to return to the UK after a research trip for his doctoral thesis at Durham University. He was transferred to an undisclosed detention facility in Abu Dhabi, accused of “spying for a foreign agency”. Matthew has been held mostly incommunicado ever since, and is facing allegations of violating the UAE’s national security. “Matthew is a respected academic and researcher,” says Radha Stirling, CEO of Detained in Dubai and the leading legal expert on the UAE. “It is alarming that the UAE would accuse him of "spying" simply for pursuing research. We are not aware of the specific subject matter

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