Blog archive: Uae

  • 13th June 2015
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Arrested: GNRD's founder/president Loai Deeb Last February, a few months after I began investigating the Global Network for Rights and Development (GNRD), the Norwegian-based organisation issued a press release urging people to take no notice of what I was writing. "After...
  • 12th June 2015
    By
    Brian Whitaker
        During the last two years there have been 62,312 terrorist incidents worldwide which left 632,716 people dead and 1,763,802 injured. Worldwide, terrorists are in full control of approximately 12.5 million square kilometers of territory. Military means have...
  • 11th June 2015
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Anne-Marie Lizin, the disgraced Belgian politician and "High Commissioner" of the Global Network for Rights and Development (GNRD) was in Cairo recently, hobnobbing with President Sisi. She seems to have been so thrilled by her handshake with the Egyptian dictator that she posted a photo of it...
  • 3rd June 2015
    By
    Brian Whitaker
       More tosh from WAM, the official Emirati news agency, which reports on a human rights symposium organised by the UAE's quasi-parliament, the Federal National Council (FNC). WAM quotes Mohammed Ahmed al-Murr, speaker of the FNC, as saying that the UAE is "proud of...
  • 30th April 2015
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    I had been looking forward to this year's International Human Rights Rank Indicator (IHRRI) which was due to be issued tomorrow but – alas – it has suddenly, and without explanation, been postponed for several months. The IHRRI is (or perhaps was) an international league table of human rights,...
  • 18th April 2015
    By
    Brian Whitaker
      Lookalikes: Abozer Mohamed of Maarij (left) and Abozer Elmana Elligai of GNRD (right) Following the revelation that it is at the centre of a $13 million deleted, along with those of other GNRD staff, shortly after Norwegian media began taking an...
  • 1st April 2015
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    The saga of the UAE and its harassment of critics continues. Last week it emerged that two Americans who publicly criticised the exploitation of migrant workers in the Emirates had found themselves 
  • 28th March 2015
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Two Americans who publicly criticised the exploitation of migrant workers in the United Arab Emirates have found themselves under investigation by a private detective, the New York Times reports. A private investigator called Loren Berger has been making inquiries about Andrew Ross, a...
  • 18th March 2015
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    While developing convicted of electoral malpractice and given a suspended prison sentence along with a five-year ban on holding public office. GNRD also has links to the United Arab Emirates and adopts an unusually favourable view of human rights practices there. A very peculiar...
  • 13th March 2015
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    My continuing investigation into the UAE-linked Global Network for Rights and Development (GNRD) has prompted a renewed smear campaign directed against me by the organisation's supporters. At first sight, GNRD appears to be a normal human rights and development organisation. It has consultative...
  • 11th March 2015
    By
    Brian Whitaker
       International Women's Day gathering at the Scientologists' Fitzroy House in London. The Church of Scientology continues to develop its secretive relationship with the Global Network for Rights and Development (GNRD). In a blog post on Monday, I here GNRD was back...
  • 9th March 2015
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Scientologist Lord McNair, assisted by Mahmoud Heidari, talks to Iranians about human rights, 11 February 2015. I have been writing rather a lot about the Global Network for Rights and Development (GNRD) lately. It's a story with some strange twists and turns, from the discovery that its...

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