Our Team

Detained International was founded by David Haigh in 2014 after he was wrongfully jailed in Dubai, tortured and abused over 22 months, before being finally pardoned and later acquitted.  During those 22 months David saw the desperate need for a Dubai focused pro bono legal advocacy group.  He witnessed hundreds of cases of injustice and discrimination. After he was acquitted of “Twitter abuse” he set about founding Detained International. He co-founded Detained in Dubai with Radha Stirling in 2016, and latterly Stirling Haigh. In December 2019 David left Detained in Dubai to focus on the provision of pro bono legal advocacy and helping victims of injustice and human violations irrespective of ability to pay fees. David is a leading human rights lawyer, international crisis manager, media commentator, writer, entrepreneur and philanthropist. David is best known as the former Managing Director of leading English Football Club Leeds United; he was the first openly gay managing director of a top-flight English football club. He is the lawyer and crisis manager representing HRH Sheikha Latifa Bin Rashid Al Maktoum. David helped Princess Latifa escape false imprisonment and torture at the hands of her father Sheikh Mohamed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the ruler of Dubai, vice President and Prime Minster of the UAE in March 2018. The appointment by HRH Princess Latifa followed David surviving a well-publicised 22 month ordeal of torture and abuse in Dubai and, as a result, in addition to advising HRH Princes Latifa, he is now a fierce campaigner for human rights and justice in the UAE and the wider Middle East. David is a founding partner in Stirling Haigh, a leading international crisis management and dispute resolution and strategic advisory firm. He is a partner in British based NGO Detained in Dubai (alongside its founder and CEO Radha Stirling, which campaigns for victims of injustice in the UAE) and the co-founder of Detained Abroad. In 2017 at the United Nations period review of the UAE, he co-founded the Geneva based Association for Victims of Torture in the UAE alongside the Swiss leading human rights charity Al Karama Foundation and other UAE torture victims, from Qatar, Palestine and the United States of America. David is also special advisor to the Arab Organisation of Human Rights and the International Campaign for Freedom in the UAE. David has advised on many high-profile cases of injustice, torture and abuse in which he and his partners have campaigned for the release or protection of those falsely accused and abused. He regularly appears on radio and television across the globe to talk of his experiences and those of his clients’. In 2017 his human rights work became so high profile that the renowned BBC Hardtalk programme dedicated an entire episode to David’s personal fight for justice and that of others that trust him with their fight for freedom. As one of the most high-profile defenders of human rights in the UAE, David often speaks at the United Nations about human rights in the UAE and is regularly called as an expert witness in cases pertaining to human rights in the UAE, Interpol abuse and UAE extraditions requests.[/vc_column_text][gem_divider style=”1″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css=".vc_custom_1551100234324{padding-top: 10px !important;padding-bottom: 0px !important;}" el_id="staff"][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text="STAFF" font_container="tag:h1|text_align:center" use_theme_fonts="yes" css=".vc_custom_1551099712282{margin-bottom: 0px !important;border-bottom-width: 0px !important;padding-top: 30px !important;padding-bottom: 0px !important;}"][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1551099763779{margin-top: 0px !important;border-top-width: 0px !important;padding-top: 0px !important;}"]Our growing team has unrivaled International expertise with local backgrounds. Many of our team having experienced grave injustice and human rights violations.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css=".vc_custom_1551100254113{padding-top: 10px !important;padding-bottom: 0px !important;}" el_id="partners"][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text="PARTNERS" font_container="tag:h1|text_align:center" use_theme_fonts="yes" css=".vc_custom_1551099835466{margin-bottom: 0px !important;border-bottom-width: 0px !important;padding-top: 30px !important;padding-bottom: 0px !important;}"][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1551099864258{margin-top: 0px !important;border-top-width: 0px !important;padding-top: 0px !important;}"]Detained International does not aspire to be a huge global organisation with offices or employed experts across the globe. Instead, we act as a small hub of expertise on injustice, and human rights violations, working in partnership with the best local experts. It is crucial for us to collaborate with the best local experts, in order to understand the underlying causes of injustice and human rights violations, design workable solutions and build local, public and political support for reform. Detained International would not be able to have any impact globally without the work of our partners. Combining our expertise with their local knowledge, our regional projects are able to affect real change. Together we work to shine a light on injustice and human rights abuses, wherever they happen and whoever they affect. Detained International current partners include:[/vc_column_text][vc_gallery type="image_grid" images="24834,24835,24840,24841,25200,25202" img_size="medium" onclick=""][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css=".vc_custom_1551100254113{padding-top: 10px !important;padding-bottom: 0px !important;}"][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text="LEGAL EXPERTS" font_container="tag:h1|text_align:center" use_theme_fonts="yes" css=".vc_custom_1551101089020{margin-bottom: 0px !important;border-bottom-width: 0px !important;padding-top: 30px !important;padding-bottom: 0px !important;}"][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1551099864258{margin-top: 0px !important;border-top-width: 0px !important;padding-top: 0px !important;}"]Detained International does not aspire to be a huge global organisation with offices or employed experts across the globe. Instead, we act as a small hub of expertise on injustice, and human rights violations, working in partnership with the best local experts. It is crucial for us to collaborate with the best local experts, in order to understand the underlying causes of injustice and human rights violations, design workable solutions and build local, public and political support for reform. Detained International would not be able to have any impact globally without the work of our partners. Combining our expertise with their local knowledge, our regional projects are able to affect real change. Together we work to shine a light on injustice and human rights abuses, wherever they happen and whoever they affect. Detained International current partners include:[/vc_column_text][vc_gallery type="image_grid" images="24838,25200" img_size="medium" onclick=""][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css=".vc_custom_1551105273090{padding-top: 10px !important;padding-bottom: 0px !important;}" el_id="funders"][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text="FUNDERS" font_container="tag:h1|text_align:center" use_theme_fonts="yes" css=".vc_custom_1551105294082{margin-bottom: 0px !important;border-bottom-width: 0px !important;padding-top: 30px !important;padding-bottom: 0px !important;}"][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1551105329744{margin-top: 0px !important;border-top-width: 0px !important;padding-top: 0px !important;}"]We believe that justice and human rights belong to all and should be reserved only for those that can afford legal representation. As a not for profit, we provide all our casework advice pro-bono.  We are funded by a combination of charitable grants and donations. We do not receive core funding from any one government and are not paid for any of the assistance we provide. Detained International is governed by a board of volunteer Trustees, responsible for the charity’s strategic direction and financial management.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row full_width="stretch_row" disable_element="yes" css=".vc_custom_1551093113075{margin-top: 0px !important;border-top-width: 0px !important;padding-top: 0px !important;padding-bottom: 50px !important;background-color: #383838 !important;}" el_id="whatwedo"][vc_column width="1/6"][/vc_column][vc_column width="2/3"][vc_custom_heading text="OUR VISION" font_container="tag:h2|text_align:center|color:%23ffffff" use_theme_fonts="yes" css=".vc_custom_1551092070219{margin-bottom: 0px !important;border-bottom-width: 0px !important;padding-top: 50px !important;padding-bottom: 25px !important;}"][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text]Our vision is a world where each country in the Middle East and the wider world protects and promotes justice and human rights in accordance with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. A world where the growing trend of prioritises trade over human rights abuses and the selling of human rights, by those entrusted to protect and promote them is not only stopped in its tracks but reversed and extinguished. We are working towards an ambitious global goal. We won’t get there overnight, and we can’t make it on our own.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/6"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row full_width="stretch_row_content_no_spaces" equal_height="yes" disable_element="yes" css=".vc_custom_1520430609340{margin-bottom: 0px !important;border-bottom-width: 0px !important;padding-bottom: 0px !important;background-color: #ffffff !important;}" el_id="team"][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text="OUR TEAM" font_container="tag:h2|text_align:center" use_theme_fonts="yes" css=".vc_custom_1519059150773{margin-bottom: 0px !important;border-bottom-width: 0px !important;padding-top: 30px !important;padding-bottom: 30px !important;}"][gem_team columns=”3″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row full_width="stretch_row_content_no_spaces" equal_height="yes" disable_element="yes" css=".vc_custom_1551092212404{margin-bottom: 0px !important;border-bottom-width: 0px !important;padding-bottom: 0px !important;background-color: #ffffff 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is an international dispute resolution, crisis management and strategic advisory firm specialising in a range of criminal … READ MORE[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/2" css=".vc_custom_1519664178951{margin-top: 0px !important;border-top-width: 0px !important;padding-top: 0px !important;background-color: #494949 !important;}"][vc_single_image image="24641" img_size="full"][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1519665654270{margin-right: 10px !important;margin-left: 10px !important;}"]Detained in Dubai was formed over ten  years ago by UAE Justice Campaigner Radha Stirling after she helped a friend wrongfully detained in Dubai… READ MORE[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/3" css=".vc_custom_1519122544353{background-color: #6b6b6b !important;}"][vc_custom_heading text="REPUTATION MANAGEMENT" font_container="tag:h2|text_align:left|color:%23ffffff" use_theme_fonts="yes" css=".vc_custom_1519668536087{margin-left: 10px 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image="24641" img_size="full"][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1519665654270{margin-right: 10px !important;margin-left: 10px !important;}"]Detained in Dubai was formed over ten  years ago by UAE Justice Campaigner Radha Stirling after she helped a friend wrongfully detained in Dubai… READ MORE[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/3" css=".vc_custom_1519122562320{background-color: #494949 !important;}"][vc_custom_heading text="CAMPAIGNS" font_container="tag:h2|text_align:left|color:%23ffffff" use_theme_fonts="yes" css=".vc_custom_1519584277503{margin-left: 10px !important;}"][vc_row_inner gap="2" css=".vc_custom_1519665929433{margin-top: 0px !important;margin-right: 0px !important;margin-left: 0px !important;border-top-width: 0px !important;padding-top: 0px !important;padding-right: 3px !important;padding-left: 3px !important;}"][vc_column_inner width="1/2" css=".vc_custom_1519666148096{margin-top: 0px !important;border-top-width: 0px 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