Wall Street Journal: American Arrested in Dubai at Risk of Deportation to Egypt with Radha Stirling
30 November 2022 by Stephen Kalin
DUBAI—An American citizen arrested recently on a visit to the United Arab Emirates faces possible extradition to his native Egypt after criticizing Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi and calling on Egyptians to protest in videos he made while living in the U.S.
Radha Stirling, who founded Detained in Dubai to support foreigners arrested in the U.A.E. and is advising Mr. Osman’s family, said diplomatic efforts are needed to free him. “If a solution is not reached, it is likely that Sherif will be extradited and subjected to grave human rights violations,” she said.
Human-rights advocates estimate that Mr. Sisi’s government has imprisoned tens of thousands of people for political reasons. In the month leading up to and during the U.N. climate conference, which started on Nov. 6, authorities detained hundreds of people across the country, according to Egyptian human-rights groups. Many of these people remain in custody.