Dubai jails Norwegian woman for having been raped

This video is called Woman Sent To Jail For Getting Raped – Marte Deborah Dalelv.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Raped Norwegian warns about Dubai

Sunday 21 July 2013

by Our Foreign Desk

A Norwegian woman who was given a 16-month jail term in Dubai after reporting being raped has warned other outsiders about misunderstanding the city’s legal system.

Marte Deborah Dalelv had worked for an interior design firm in Qatar since 2011 and said she was sexually assaulted by a coworker while on a business trip to Dubai.

She said she fled down to the hotel reception, where staff questioned her desire to report the incident to the police.

Police gave the 24-year-old a medical examination and blood test for alcohol, she said.

She was then detained for four days, accused of having sex outside of marriage – a crime not normally pressed against foreigners.

Ms Dalelv called her stepfather in Norway from prison. “He answered the phone so I said that I had been raped, I am in prison … please call the embassy,” she said.

“And then I went back and I … just had a breakdown. It was very emotional, to call my dad and tell him what happened.”

Diplomats managed to secure her release and she is staying at the Norwegian Seamen’s Centre in Dubai while she prepares her September appeal.

Ms Dalelv said the man who attacked her was handed a 13-month sentence – three fewer than she got – for extra-marital sex and alcohol consumption.

Norwegian Foreign Minister Espen Barth said: “This verdict flies in the face of our notion of justice,” calling it “highly problematic from a human rights perspective.”

UPDATE: as a result of public indignation, Ms Dalelv has been pardoned.
See also here. Unfortunately, her rapist was pardoned as well.

28 thoughts on “Dubai jails Norwegian woman for having been raped

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      • Dubai pardons Norwegian jailed after reporting rape

        Monday 22 July 2013

        Dubai pardoned Norwegian Marte Deborah Dalelv today after the 16-month jail sentence she received for reporting being raped sparked international outrage.

        Ms Davelv said she was “overjoyed” that she was now free to go but would first need to thank “some very special people” who had supported her.

        Norway’s Foreign Minister Espen Barth Eide tweeted: “Marte is released! Thanks to everyone who signed up to help.”

        But Emirates Centre for Human Rights spokesman Rori Donaghy said: “While we are pleased that Marte can now return home her pardon still suggests that she was somehow guilty of a crime.

        “Until laws are reformed victims of sexual violence in the United Arab Emirates will continue to suffer in this way.”

        Ms Davelv was convicted of having sex outside marriage after telling police that a co-worker had sexually assaulted her.

        It is almost impossible for a man to be convicted of rape in Dubai unless he confesses or four male witnesses swear they saw it happen.


      • Agree with you!! We always need to remember that other countries are differently from what we are used to. I say …. get the heck out of Dodge!!! Good for the woman!! 🙂
        Like you say, unfortunately, the rapist got away!!!


  2. Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    Heard this AM, from “The Daily Beast” that she has been pardoned by the Dubai government …. she has her passport and will soon leave the United Arab Emirates!! Still the damage has been done …. I think!


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  4. Dear friends,

    Ingrid, an Avaaz member, helped save a Norwegian woman from being jailed for being raped in Dubai — she started a petition on Avaaz and the social media storm it created kept pressure up on governments to act. Now the woman is free! And it all started with one simple step: click below to start a campaign on an issue you care about, it’s incredibly quick and easy!

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    Ingrid, an Avaaz member, has used our site to help save a Norwegian woman from being sent to jail for being raped!

    Marte Dalelv was sexually assaulted while visiting Dubai, but when she reported it to the police, she was sentenced to 16 months in prison for “extra-marital sex”! When Ingrid read about Marte’s case, she started a petition on Avaaz calling on the Dubai and Norwegian governments to ensure Marte’s release. The petition and the Facebook page she created exploded on social media and people from all over the world signed the petition and flooded the two governments with messages at addresses that Ingrid posted on her Avaaz petition page.

    Within days, Marte was released, and the Foreign Minister Espen Barth Eide posted a Twitter message saying: “Marte is released! Thanks to everyone who signed up to help.”

    Ingrid’s campaign was covered by major media outlets and clearly ramped up the diplomatic pressure to free Marte and bring her home to her family. And it all started with a simple step of starting a petition on the Avaaz community website. Think of an issue you care about and click here to get started — it’s incredibly quick and easy to start a campaign:

    The Prime Minister of Norway said,”There is no doubt that attention from around the world, and the tenacity of the foreign ministry … led to this decision.” In just a few minutes, Ingrid started an amazing campaign that helped win over decision makers in Dubai and Norway.

    Starting a campaign only takes a few minutes, but the impact of success can last for years. Plus, if the petition gets enough support on its own, the staff at Avaaz could pick up the campaign, add strategic advice, media help, and even send it to a wider list of members. We’ve got tonnes of tips and advice to help you along the way — all it takes is to get started, share your passion and you can be on your way to winning on any issue – local, national or global.

    Ingrid wasn’t convinced that starting an online petition would save Marte – but when she and her organisation Partnership for Change saw the impact of their victory, they realised how powerful this easy model can be to get change. Send this email to the people you know who have great ideas about how to make the world a better place or click on the link to be a part of it:

    Many Avaaz campaigns have been started by Avaaz members, from bringing hundreds of workers in Bahrain safely home to India, to allowing partners stay in touch with imprisoned love ones in New Mexico. All these took just a few minutes to get started. Let’s become world-changers together and multiply our impact by the thousands.

    With hope and excitement for all we can achieve together,

    Alice, Emma, Oli, Carol, Ricken, Luca, Laura and the whole Avaaz team

    More Information:

    Original campaign: Marte Deborah Dalelv Released (Avaaz Community Petitions)

    Marte Deborah Dalelv Released (Partnership for Change)

    Norwegian Woman, Sentenced After Reporting Rape in Dubai, Is ‘Pardoned’ (New York Times)

    Marte Deborah Dalelv, Alleged Norwegian Rape Victim, Pardoned After Being Sentenced To Jail For Sex Outside Marriage (Huffington Post)

    What A Wonderful World! Get Raped In Dubai And You’ll Serve 16 Months In Prison (Forbes)


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