A woman who was arrested on charges of entering the UAE illegally through a border has been languishing in a Dubai jail for three years after two East European countries refused to allow her entry.
The Dubai Human Rights is seeking to resolve the issue and has approached the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).
Brigadier Dr. Mohammed Al Murr, Director of General Department of the Human Rights of Dubai Police, said that the Dubai Human Rights is in touch with a number of consulates of these countries. The UNHCR is also currently in contact with concerned Abu Dhabi authorities to find a solution to the problem.
Al Murr said in 2011, the 27-year-old entered the country on a tourist visa, using the passport of an East European country. She did not leave the UAE even after her visa expired, and was arrested and deported.
In 2014, she entered the country illegally through one of the borders and was arrested again. Authorities ordered her deportation. After the end of her jail term, the woman was taken to the consulate of the country whose passport she carried on her previous visit. But the East European country in question refused to allow her entry, saying that the passport is forged. The woman returned to Dubai jail, and has been there since then.
Al Murr pointed out that recently the Dubai Human Rights learnt about the situation of the woman. She tried to communicate with her country of birth, and country where her family is residing, but the authorities of that country refused to accept her. She moved to another East European country when she was 10.
Al Murr also said the General Department of Residency and Foreigners Affairs is coordinating and communication with the consulates of the two countries. One of the countries responded by saying that there is no data of the woman, while the other said they were investigating the matter and won’t allow her entry until they know the details.
He said that Human Rights Department contacted the office of UNHCR, which has promised to probe the matter and resolve it.