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“Expats in Dubai need to be very aware of the dangers of being held in the country when circumstances force them into debt. There are many expats who have been stuck there for decades, living on charity of strangers and with no chance of ever leaving.
“If the country wants to develop as a tourism and business hub, there needs to be a serious overhaul of the archaic debt laws. While such little respect is shown for a human being’s life, no foreigner can feel safe in Dubai. " Radha Stirling, CEO and founder Detained in Dubai

Radha Stirling, CEO of human rights group Detained in Dubai issued the following statement:

“There is no benefit to Dubai to allow this desperate woman to die because she can’t afford to pay a few thousand dollars. Through no fault of her own, this businesswoman fell victim to the greed and mismanagement of one of Dubai’s biggest property companies.

“She has lost the chance to say goodbye to her mother, she has lost her health, she has lost her money. Bika has lost everything, and it seems that Dubai won’t be happy until they have her life too.

“This is a chance for Sheikh Mohammed to show the world his more compassionate side, as he has in other cases of injustice, like Jamie Harron,” explains Radha Stirling. “He can save Bika’s life with a phone call if he decides to do so”.

“Nothing can be gained by allowing this young woman to die. She is in debt through no fault of her own and has no chance of finding enough money to pay before she dies.

“Dubai promotes itself as a safe and desirable hub for both tourism and business, and even if a human being’s life is not motivation enough on its own to make that call, the reputation of the country is also at stake.

“Please act quickly, and give Bika a chance to live.”