Detained in Dubai Calls for Immediate Release of Robert Black
CBS News (USA) (AP): American man, 70, arrested in United Arab Emirates over photo:
Daily Mail (UK): American grandfather, 70, faces five years in jail in Arab Emirates for taking picture of 'no photography' sign - and was held in secret for a week by police in jail where diabetic's health is 'at risk'
Radha Stirling, Founder of Detained in Dubai:
“We understand that Robert Black, architect-creative thinker, a 70-year-old American, has been arrested for taking a photograph of a “No photography” sign in Abu Dhabi, UAE, or comparable, while attending a conference. We also understand that he is currently being held at the notorious Al-Wathba prison. While we do not yet have full details on the case, we call for his immediate release.”
“In this prison context especially, we are very concerned about Mr. Black’s health and safety. The prison is known for severe overcrowding in prison cells, and even human right violations, lashings and torture. People should be reminded that the UAE is a country in the Arabian Gulf bordering Saudi Arabia, it has a dictatorship not a democracy, and foreign visitors face a full range of unfamiliar threats.”