Actress Sharon Stone and other star are heading for Dubai to raise funds for AIDS victims and the actress and the project amfAR hopes top raise maximum money from the pockets of rich nobles in the Gulf emirate known for its discrimination towards HIV patients, as well as gay people.
According to a report prepared by the US state department, 'government officials discriminated against prisoners with HIV by not granting commuted sentences or parole that other prisoners with similar records had received'.
AdvertisementGay people on tour have been asked to be careful about their sexuality during the visit to UAE, for the country has strict laws for homosexual activities.
According to the report, the country 's civil and Islamic law also 'criminalize homosexual activity'. Offenders of the law face arrest, imprisonment and deportation. AmfAR spokeswoman Deborah Hernan said the charity accepted the film festival invitation hoping to raise awareness.
"(We hope to) raise awareness for HIV/AIDS. Financial success would enhance amfAR's ability to deliver on its programs," the New York Daily News quoted her, as saying.