26 July 2007

ez action: stop the flogging sentence of a teenage girl in the united arab emirates!...

a teenage girl identified by her initials as r.a. is to receive 60 lashes for having sex with a man when she was 14...

60 lashes?!?!?!

the court of first instance in the town of al-‘ain in the emirate of abu-dhabi found her guilty of “illicit sex” and sentenced her to be flogged...the man involved in this case, identified as h.s. was sentenced to six months’ imprisonment...

this discriminatory sentencing is a violation of the uae’s obligations under the internationally recognized convention on the elimination of all forms of discrimination against women or cedaw, which the uae joined in 2004...that r.a. is a teenaged girl also puts the eau in violation of the convention on the rights of the child, or the crc, which the eau joined in 1997...cedaw clearly states that gender-based violence like the discriminatory sentencing or r.a. is a violation of human rights and fundamental freedoms...corporal punishment, such as whipping and flogging, has been recognized as a form of torture or cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment by numerous human rights treaty bodies, including the crc...

to learn more about this case, read or print aiusa’s full urgent action sheet: rtf format or pdf format...

MEANWHILE, you will find a letter below with three government officials addresses that you should cut and paste together, print out, sign, and mail the three letters - just 5 minutes of your day...and please get your social network friends to do the same...thank you...

peace out <3

His Excellency Muhammad bin Nakhira Al-Dhahiri
Muhammad bin Nakhira Al-Dhahiri
Ministry of Justice, Awqaf & Islamic Affairs
PO Box 753
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Minister of Foreign Affairs Shaikh `Abdullah bin Zayed al Nahyan
Shaikh `Abdullah bin Zayed al Nahyan
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
PO Box 1
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

His Highness Shaikh Mohammad bin Rashid Al-Maktoum
Shaikh Mohammad bin Rashid Al-Maktoum
Office of the Prime Minister
POB 73311
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Dear (salutation),

I am concerned by reports that a teenage girl identified as R.A. is to receive 60 lashes for having sex with a man when she was only 14. Please act to ensure that she is protected from a sentence of corporal punishment.

The court of First Instance in the town of al-'Ain in the Emirate of Abu-Dhabi found R.A. guilty of 'illicit sex' and sentenced her to be flogged. According to a local newspaper, the Supreme Court has upheld her sentence, which could now be carried out at any time. The man involved in the case, identified as H.S., was sentenced to six months' imprisonment. This is a case of discriminatory sentencing. The Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women, to which the UAE is a party, makes clear that gender-based violence, or violence which impairs or nullifies the enjoyment of a woman's human rights, is prohibited. A fundamental human right is the freedom from torture or cruel, inhuman or degrading punishment. Corporal punishment, such as flogging or whipping, has been recognized as torture or cruel punishment by numerous international treaties, including the Convention on the Rights of the Child, to which the UAE is also a party.

The United Arab Emirates can boast of impressive economic achievements, and it would be shame if that reputation were tarnished by human rights abuses. Thank you for taking action to ensure the fair distribution of justice, and making sure that no cruel, inhuman, or degrading punishment is employed in this case.



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