A Foreign Workers' Dormitory in UAE An ex teacher is being held in the UAE for expressing solidarity with the Egyptian and Tunisian revolutions Hassan Mohammed Hassan al-Hammadi had been a teacher for 25 years but was transferred to the Ministry of Justice in 2007 along with scores of other teachers who were transferred out of the education system for holding 'islamist' views. Hassan al-Hammadi was a member of the board of the teachers association of UAE. Now he has been arrested and is being held incommunicado by the security forces (the Amn al-Dawla) who are known to use torture. Amensty International is appealing for his fair treatment and issued the following statement: "Hassan al-Hammadi's arrest and incommunicado detention is particularly worrying in view of previous evidence of torture of detainees held by the Amn al-Dawla. "The UAE authorities must immediately disclose his whereabouts, ensure he is not tortured or otherwise ill-treated and allow him access to his family and lawyer." To read the Amnesty article in full go to: http://www.amnesty.org.uk/news_details.asp?NewsID=19237 The UAE is a key ally of the US - being one of its biggest customers for armaments. In 2009 for example the US congress signed a deal for selling $15 billion worth of defence equipment to the UAE. Meanwhile political parties are outlawed and there is no free press. The UAE employs huge numbers of foreign labourers - many held in conditions of virtual slavery - who have no rights - to build the towers and tourist playgrounds of Dubai.