A British citizen was arrested in Dubai for inadvertently touching another man’s hip in a bar. He’s facing three years in jail.
The 27-year-old electrician is said to have been holding a drink, moving through a crowded bar, and held a hand in front of him to avoid spilling it on himself or others. He then “touched a man on his hip to avoid impact”.
The organisation claims it was only after Harron and his friend sat at a table that the man who had been touched seemed upset.
Police arrived at the Rock Bottom bar 20 to 30 minutes later and arrested Harron, according to his representatives. He was later charged with drinking alcohol and public indecency.
Read the whole article for details, plus more information on what the organization, Detained in Dubai, does to help in these situations.
This story is a frighting reminder for us (and a frighting reality for the tourist) that we are not exempt from the law in countries with human rights violations and draconian social laws.
Whenever I mention I don’t travel to Dubai, the first thing I hear from friends is, “oh, those laws don’t apply to tourists.”
The problem is, while they aren’t enforced as often for tourists, they still do apply to tourists.
I outline my thoughts on this in, Why I’m Frightened to Travel to Some Places.
Since writing that, the stories have continued. The one that made me the most sick to my stomach was, “British Woman Jailed After Being Gang-Raped in Dubai for Admitting to ‘Extra-Marital Sex’.” As I said in that article, I know there is a chance that terrible things could happen to me when traveling. But I don’t want to be in a situation where a government would punish me for the terrible thing that happened to me.
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