UAE: writer and journalist Dhabia Khamis banned from traveling

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Emirati writer Dhabia Khamis published a post on her Facebook page as well as on her Twitter account, in which she confirmed that she was arbitrarily banned from boarding a Cairo-bound flight on Saturday September 26, 2020 from Dubai Airport, without giving reasons. The author confessed that it is mostly due to her opposition to normalization and Zionism, and expressed her fear for her life from threats and arrests.

On September 29, 2020, she confirmed in another post that she was summoned by the Federal Public Prosecution in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi for investigation, on charges of disturbing national security on social media regarding normalization and Zionism.

Indeed, banning Dhabia Khamis from travelling because of her stances against Zionism and normalization is contrary to the UAE constitution, which guarantees the freedom of movement and travel as well as the right to freedom of expression.

The ICJHR also believes that the State Security Service has made a discriminatory practice against women and has violated their right to travel as guaranteed by the CEDAW Convention, ratified by the UAE authorities.

Besides, the UAE authorities didn’t allow Dhabia Khamis and other people banned from travel, to have any judicial appeal against the decision and denied them the right to remedy in accordance with the relevant international agreements.

The ICJHR stands in solidarity with the Emirati writer and journalist, Dhabiya Khamis and holds the UAE government fully responsible for any repression, arrest, assassination or liquidation against her.

The authorities should also lift the travel ban from her and enable her from all civil and human rights, including the right to freedom of expression and the right to travel, in addition to the right to redress and remedy. The ICJHR urges Emirati officials to open an impartial investigation against the person responsible for violating her right to travel and to drop all charges against her for expressing her opinion. 

This post is also available in: arالعربية (Arabic)

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