Press Release: ICBU condemns the jail sentence of Jamie Harron, call for boycotting UAE tourism
International Campaign to Boycott UAE (ICBU) denounces the three-month jail sentence for Jamie Harron, from Stirling. UAE authorities have given more evidence of the justice absence and the politicization of their judiciary system.
The sentence of Mr. Harron is outrageous and indicate the lack of proper justice foundation in a country claiming to be beacon of civilization and liberty.
ICBU will be campaigning against the UAE jail sentence against Jamie and those who are the victims of UAE autocratic system.
The France-UK based campaign, urge European and international tourists to cancel Dubai as their tourist destination.
“We urge European and International tourists to avoid visiting UAE, particularly Dubai. The country has no proper legal or judiciary system which could put tourists at risk of arrest for any behavior that could be seen as contrary to Arabic or Muslim culture. Jamie is not the first and will not be the last. UAE authorities are repressive and have no respect for basic human rights” said ICBU
ICBU urge United Nations to investigate the story of Jamie and thousands of others who are arbitrarily detained and
Mr Harron is said to have been holding a drink, moving through a crowded bar, and holding a hand in front of him to avoid spilling it on himself or others. He then “touched a man on his hip to avoid impact”.
Radha Stirling, the chief executive of Detained in Dubai, said Harron had “suffered tremendously” as a result of the allegations, had lost his job, faced losing his home and was struggling to pay his legal bills.
“His family was unable to visit him during this critical time because they faced a very real risk of imprisonment themselves under the UAE’s cybercrime laws which forbid criticism of the government. “At this point, Jamie will definitely be pursuing civil action against his accusers when he does eventually return home, as it appears that he will not be able to find justice in the UAE.” Said Stirling
Although, the businessman who made the complaint has since dropped the allegation, but local prosecutors continued with the case.