- Posted September 30, 2013 by
Detained in Qatar
Case No.: 8741
Surely through the Grace of God, I was blessed to meet Nadia who is currently being detained in the Qatar Deportation Centre. Born in 1945 in Sudan, Nadia arrived in Qatar almost 25 years ago. Since that time, she has be a contributing member to society and law abiding citizen in Qatar. Nadia is the mother of 7 children and 2 grand children. Her children in Qatar are contributing members of society. At 68 years of age she suffers from high blood pressure and diabetes. Her life and her family are in Qatar.
Nadia is currently in jail for more than 5 months with no charges laid against her. Her Qatar Residence is still valid until 2015. I was appalled when I went on to learn more about her case and how Qatar is detaining a person without charges or due justice. Surely a country that claims to the world and to FIFA that it is striving to ensure the protection of foreign workers and human rights – can’t possibly being holding a woman in detention with no charges. This woman’s story must be told and Qatar must act to free her immediately!
Nadia is not a criminal, but rather a victim. The Qatar Government seems to have no issue with allowing its’ citizens to control the lives of others in every way. Control that goes as far as throwing someone in jail with no charges. A system one would refer to as modern day slavery.
Nadia is sponsored by a Sheikha in Qatar. This Sheikha filed for divorce against her husband Sheikh and went to Egypt with her children. An angered Sheikh over his marriage ending, goes after anyone he can blame. Nadia happened to be one of those people he could easily take his anger out on.
On May 12, 2013 at 12:00 a team of Ministry of Interior Police in normal clothing arrived at the home of Nadia, where she resides with her family and broke through the front door. In total 15 police in plain clothes (we call them the secret police) came to take this 68 year old Nadia to jail. One has to sit and wonder how it takes 15 police to take one 68 year old woman to jail. At the time Nadia was not home so the family members were put against the wall and instructed to call their mother to come home. With that came a threat that they would be taken to jail if they did not comply. Nadia came home immediately and was arrested. The family attempted to ask questions, but were told this order came from the Ministry of Interior. That has to be an interesting point to make here in that the Ministry of Interior facilitates the arrest of individuals by a normal citizen with no charges and condones abuse against other human beings. This Ministry, along with others including the Qatar Supreme Committee are telling the rest of the world they are doing all that is necessary to improve human rights and labor practices. But behind closed doors they are putting innocent people in jail along with many more human right atrocities.
This Sheikh and whatever his marriage issues are things he should resolve with the courts, his wife and family. And resolve your marriage problems in private. Throwing innocent people in jail is simply absurd. To think one person can exert such power over another is simply wrong.
Your Excellency, Sheikh Tamim, Emir of Qatar, we call on you to intervene in this matter. Qatar has such great potential to be a contributing member of human rights, but the continuance of abusing human rights is not something the international community can tolerate any longer. You cannot hope to bring a great future to your country and people when your people continue to abuse others with no accountability and a Ministry of Interior that facilitates this. We hope that you will do the right thing and release this innocent 68 year old woman to her family in Qatar.
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