British David Cameron, Tony Blair support UAE torture

This video says about itself:

UAE secret prisons and torture revealed

13 October 2015

Whistle blower: UAE Torture Survivors reveal cases of enforced kidnapping, arbitrary detention, secret prisons and torture.


By Lamiat Sabin in Britain:

Britain backed arms sales to UAE torturers

Thursday 29th October 2015

Government urged deals with brutal police
THE government supported a two-day arms fair hosted by Dubai police that ended yesterday, despite reports of Emirati officers torturing people including British citizens.

UK Trade and Investment (UKTI), a government department, organised a reception at the British embassy in Dubai for businesses selling drones and spy equipment to the human rights-abusing United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Only “law enforcement officials” were allowed into the Emirates Security Exhibition and Conference (Emsec), where British companies touted “law enforcement systems” directly to the torturers.

Meanwhile, British citizen Ahmad Zeidan, 22, has been tortured and imprisoned in the UAE for two years.

Police in the Emirate of Sharjah found 0.04g of cocaine — with a street value of around £3 — in the glovebox of a car in which he was a passenger.

A really different quantity of drugs compared to the 2000kg at the plane of that Saudi royal prince. A plane in which that prince was not just a passenger; a plane which he owned.

Mr Zeidan, from Reading in Berkshire, alleges that, over the course of a week, he was hooded, stripped, kept in solitary confinement for two days, beaten and threatened with rape.

He was then forced to sign a “confession” in Arabic, a language he cannot read.

He was never offered the services of an interpreter before being given a nine-year sentence and threatened with the death penalty.

In Dubai Central Jail, around 75 per cent of prisoners report having been tortured into “confessing” through the threat and use of violence including electric shocks, research by human rights group Reprieve has found.

Lending credence to these reports is the revelation that Dubai police have requested “electronic public order equipment” from British suppliers.

Reprieve says it has previously raised concerns with UKTI about its support for Emsec which, this year, ended on the same day that the UAE expected to be re-elected to the UN human rights council.

The government spent £12,000 of public funds to encourage British firms to attend last year’s event, according to information obtained by Reprieve through a freedom of information request.

There is “growing pressure on the Tory government for more transparency” over “close connections” with human rights-abusing nations such as the UAE and Saudi Arabia, Campaign Against Arms Trade spokesman Andrew Smith told the Star.

Reprieve’s Maya Foa added: “The Emirati authorities have boasted to the UN about their human rights record, but the reality is dismal.”

The British government should make clear that it wants no part in such abuses, she insisted, and should “demand the release of victims like Ahmad without delay.”

This video says about itself:

‘Crystal clear case for Tony Blair war crimes in Iraq

25 October 2015

Amid the rhetoric surrounding the conflict in Syria, former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair admitted that there are ‘elements of truth’ in the accusation the intervention in Iraq in 2003 was one of the main causes for the rise of Islamic State. He made this comment in an exclusive interview with CNN. Neil Clark, journalist and broadcaster joins RT for more.

By Solomon Hughes in Britain:

Blair’s Desert Torture Pals

Friday 23rd October 2015

Anyone who doubts Labour should turn its back on the Blair era needs to take a look the former PM’s current activities, says SOLOMON HUGHES

THIS March the Sunday Times carried an article by investigative journalist Mark Hollingsworth about Tony Blair bidding for business in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

The article — like all of Hollingsworth’s stuff — was well worth reading.

The Sunday Times also made available the full bid document which was the basis of the story — and it is worth a second look. It is a brochure of everything that was reprehensible about Blair.

In the “Letter of Proposal,” Tony Blair Associates show that they intend to sell all the contacts made by a Labour prime minister to an ugly repressive regime.

The 24-page brochure is an offer for Blair and pals to work for the UAE government. There isn’t a price tag, but this is likely to be a proposal worth tens of millions of pounds.

It leads with a mix of management-speak and flattery. Blair’s personal foreword says: “The world is opening up fast. New countries are emerging as places of political and economic interest.

“The UAE has benefitted from strong leadership. It is respected and relations with it coveted. So there is a big opportunity for it to build its brand and reputation, and to establish powerful networks of influence.”

The “strong leadership” of the United Arab Emirates is rich in oil, but poor in human rights.

It is a hereditary monarchy with a medieval political system. The Emirates government belongs to the royal families of Abu Dhabi, Dubai and the other sheikhdoms making up the country.

This is the kind of “brand” Blair admires: the Emirates escaped the Arab spring. Their security forces tortured and “disappeared” would-be reformers.

Torture is a very personal business for the Emirates rulers. In 2009 a leaked tape showed Sheikh Issa — a member of the ruling family and brother of the current UAE president — torturing a grain dealer over a business deal.

This video says about itself:

Torture Tape Implicates UAE Royal Sheikh (NEW PICTURE NEVER SEEN BEFORE)

5 May 2009

A video tape smuggled out of the United Arab Emirates shows a member of the country’s royal family mercilessly torturing a man with whips, electric cattle prods and wooden planks with protruding nails.

An investigation into a savage torture by a royal family member of a close ally.

A man in a UAE police uniform is seen on the tape tying the victim’s arms and legs, and later holding him down as the sheikh pours salt on the man’s wounds and then drives over him with his Mercedes SUV.

In a statement to ABC News, the UAE Ministry of the Interior said it had reviewed the tape and acknowledged the involvement of Sheikh Issa bin Zayed al Nahyan, brother of the country’s crown prince, Sheikh Mohammed.

“The incidents depicted in the video tapes were not part of a pattern of behavior,” the Interior Ministry’s statement declared.

The Minister of the Interior is also one of Sheikh Issa’s brothers.

The government statement said its review found “all rules, policies and procedures were followed correctly by the Police Department.”

The Solomon Hughes article continues:

Sheikh Issa had the tape made in 2005 so he could watch the torture later. The sheikh, helped by a policeman, beat his victim with a plank with a nail in it, used a cattle prod, a whip.

The man’s torture on the desert sand began with the sheikh firing live rounds from a rifle around him, and ends with running him over with a Mercedes 4×4.

The video has truly medieval aspects — the sheikh shoves sand in his mouth, literally pours salt on his wounds, and sets fire to his genitals using lighter fluid.

Blair says “despite a changing world around it, the UAE has taken a clear line and stuck to it. This has aroused interest in the country and created a real appetite to engage with it, on the part of many countries.”

The “clear line” involves a very hands-on approach to abuse throughout the UAE.

Guest workers who graft on the UAE’s new buildings and services are regularly assaulted, arrested and cheated. A video posted on YouTube in 2013 of a senior UAE official in traditional Arab dress beating and humiliating an Indian van driver gave a sense of the widespread and casual abuse.

This video is called UAE Officer Assaulting Indian Driver.

For Blair this means that the UAE “has a competent and innovative government. It has a vision for the Middle East that is actually the only one with a chance of working.”

Even before this bid document, Blair worked for the UAE sheikhs. The paper says: “Already, there is a close working relationship between my various organisations and Abu Dhabi.

“This is a place we trust and an environment in which we feel at home. We share the same values and perspective.”

Blair is also completely openly selling his contacts — contacts which only exist because of the hard work of Labour members and the trust of Labour voters. Blair is now monetising their trust and hard work by selling his “network” to reactionary regimes.

The paper offers to “help build the networks of connection” for the UAE. Blair says: “All my various organisations are based on the belief that the world today basically works through connectivity.

“So we’re building a series of deep business and government connections round the world. We do both business and philanthropy.”

He offers the sheikhs “unrivalled global context, experiences and networks — including world leaders, development organisations and private-sector players.”

As well as offering them access to Blair’s international contacts, Tony Blair Associates says he can bring in “trusted and experienced advisers and experts” who have “worked at the highest level of government in the UK and internationally.”

The bid document also offers “Mr Blair’s personal guidance and close involvement” including “the trusted peer-to-peer advice and support that Mr Blair can provide to a country’s leadership.”

For this one-on-one, Blair-on-sheikh service, the brochure says “Tony Blair would want to spend 2–3 days a month in Abu Dhabi.”

Ultimately this particular deal for a Tony Blair “Hub” in the UAE was not taken up, although Tony Blair Associates does have a “strong relationship” with the UAE.

In a summary of the pervasive, immoral reach of Blair, the document concludes: “There is virtually nowhere in the world right now where we could not work or provide the necessary contacts either politically or commercially, should we want to.”

If anyone doubts the need to radically change Labour’s direction, all they need to do is thumb through this ugly brochure.

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