Action Alert: FiFA UAE World Cup a setback for Human Rights
International Campaign To Boycott UAE (ICBU) announced wide scale media campaign against the FIFA world cup in UAE due to the massive human rights abuses committed by the United Arab Emirates.
The FIFA Club World Cup, the pinnacle of club football must not be used by UAE as a PR and image laundering stunt.
The Campaign urge all of 2017’s continental club champions who are expected to take part, to immediately withdraw. Their participation will only help UAE regime get away with its crimes against workers.
The Campaign sent a letter to the clubs urging them not to take part in this event. Correspondences were made to Real Madrid Club de Fútbol, Club de Fútbol Pachuca, Auckland City Football Club, Grêmio Foot-Ball Porto Alegrense, Urawa Red Diamonds and Wydad Athletic Club.
The letter stated, “Sport has always been a connection between people in addition to being a tool to advocate for human rights and charitable work…Your Club involvement in such event will encourage UAE not to respect International laws concerning workers. Many workers who built the Stadiums which will host these games were abused verbally and physically. They didn’t get enough salaries and were not allowed to travel as their employers held their passports. Your club constitution indeed refuses your association in such games as it will make you look complicit.” said the letter
The campaign invited its audience to use the following hashtags(#BoycottUAE, #FIFAClubWorldCup) to tweet throughout the games to express their frustration and refusal of such project.