“No one in my family has ever worked in diplomacy or human rights; my father is a policeman and most of my family work for petrol companies. I am the first one to want to do something different. My brothers are studying, one of them is in Germany, but they are interested in the private sector while I would like to do something for the public.”

“Before I started the course on human rights at University, I wasn’t very interested in the idea. It was only with Professor Souss that I began to realise what human rights are, and how much they are violated in the Middle East. It was then that I started to do more research on human rights, but it is hard when we have no awareness and no outside help to solve our human rights dilemmas. We need to think of human rights just in terms of humans, no in terms of men or women or different races.”

For me, the next step will be to have a real centre for human rights in the United Arab Emirates, and I would like to work at such a centre and start raising real awareness about human rights. Some people in the UAE don’t know what their rights are, and there is a lot to be done. In particular, I really want to talk about the problem of nationality in the UAE. There are people who were born in the country and haven’t been given nationality – they don’t have a passport, they can’t travel anywhere. I also want to change the rules about migrant workers in the UAE, many of them come from Pakistan and India and are not allowed to work legally and it is not safe for them.”

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