THIRD PARTY EVENT: Reform in the Face of Human Rights Abuse in the United Arab Emirates

Talk June 12, 2012 2:00 PM


The Emirates Centre for Human Rights cordially invites you to its inaugural conference exploring “Reform in the Face of Human Rights Abuse in the United Arab Emirates”

This conference will focus on the ongoing Human Rights violations in the UAE, discuss the root causes and contexts for the government crackdown on reformists and democracy activists, and explore the long-term impact on the region in light of the Arab Spring and ongoing revolts in the region.
Professor Madawi Rashid, Professor of Anthropology of Religion at Kings College, London and
author of Contesting the Saudi State: Islamic voices of a new generation. He was the Prize Research Fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford and has lectured at the University of Oxford and Goldsmith College. Her interests include tribal politics in the Middle East and political Islam and the state.
Dr. Chris Davidson, of Durham University and author of the forthcoming title After the Sheikhs: The
Coming Collapse of the Gulf Monarchies. He is a United Nations (Alliance of Civilizations) and European Centre for International Affairs expert on the politics and development of the Gulf monarchies. His primary interests are in politics and socio-economic development of the Persian Gulf monarchies.
Rori Donaghy, a Human Rights activist from the ECHR, who recently visited the UAE. He has been actively involved in various human rights campaigns and has travelled extensively in
the Middle East. During his travels he spent several months in the Gaza Strip, where he worked for
UNRWA and for a locally based NGO, facilitating capacity building activities.
and via a Video Presentation
Ahmed Mansoor, a prominent activist and blogger in the UAE. He is UAE’s most famous blogger. He was one of the UAE 5 who was detained last year for several months for signing an online petition calling for reforms in his country. Currently, he is pursuing a law degree at Ajman University, UAE.
The event will run from 2 – 5pm, tea and coffee will be provided.
RSVP, enquiries or media interviews: Rori Donaghy: 07850062105 or email: [email protected] 
Limited Seating, so early booking recommended