ICBU: UAE’s Detention of Mother and her Daughter is shameful

Aug 10 2018
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   ICBU: UAE’s Detention of Mother and her Daughter is shameful

International Campaign To Boycott UAE (ICBU) condemns with the strongest terms the inhumane and shameful of act of UAE authorities, where a mother and her 4 year old daughter were arrested by UAE. She has told of her terrifying ordeal of being locked up in a filthy Dubai jail for three days with her four-year-old daughter for drinking a glass of wine on a flight from London.

Dr. Ellie Holman, 44, was arrested after being asked by an immigration official at Dubai International Airport if she had consumed alcohol on the eight-hour flight. The mother-of-three, a dentist, from Sevenoaks, Kent, says she was held in a ‘baking hot and foul smelling’ airport detention centres – and not allowed to call her husband, Gary. Now Dr Holman faces spending up to a year in the strict Arab state for her case to be settled. Speaking exclusively to MailOnline, she said: ‘My little girl had to go to the toilet on the cell floor. I have never heard her cry in the same way as she did in that cell. She added, ” ‘My passport remains confiscated until the case is settled, which I have been told will take at least a year,’ she said. ‘So far this situation has cost me around £30,000 in legal fees, expenses and missed work. My practice is closed. All our savings have gone.’

ICBU said that it is not a new thing to detain a mother and her child for trivial reasons, UAE detain thousands of innocent people and tortures them in its prisons in UAE or in its prisons in Yemen only for their opinions. They detain and kill children, where yesterday, UAE bombed a children bus in Sedaa in Yemen and killed about 45 children.

The campaign calls on the British Government and the British human rights organizations to immediately interfere to release Holman. It also call on the Government to action against the never ending arrests of UK citizens in UAE. On the other hand, ICBU called on the British companies, institutions and businessmen to boycott UAE and to withdraw their investments from UAE until they stop violating human rights.

The boycott campaign aims to isolate the UAE economically and politically because of the endless violations of human rights practiced by the UAE, as well as the war crimes in Yemen and violations of workers’ rights. The UAE is a centre of modern slavery and today it is one of the leading countries in the field of human trafficking. UAE still supports terrorist groups in Syria and other parts of the Middle East and East African countries.