ICBU calls on the French Sorbonne University to close its Branch in the UAE Because of Racism

Feb 08 2019
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ICBU calls on the French Sorbonne University to close its Branch in the UAE Because of Racism

The International Campaign to Boycott UAE (ICBU) called on the French Sorbonne University to close its branch immediately in the UAE because of the intervention of the UAE authorities in the internal affairs of the university and the practice of racism against students and academics. ICBU continued that the branch of the Sorbonne University in Abu Dhabi are subjected to the laws of the UAE authorities that are unfair to academics and students by practising racism, violation of women’s rights, restriction of freedom of opinion and the imposition of personnel without scientific qualifications by force on the administration of the university and the imprisonment, detention and torture of academics working in the university due to their political views or because they refuse to grant high grades for some students of the ruling family in Abu Dhabi.

The UAE campaign had previously declared that the Sorbonne University in Abu Dhabi had to dismiss all Qatari students from the UAE. In the same context, Dr. Laila Amrani was denied admission to work at the University in Abu Dhabi after receiving the post of head of philosophy because of the intervention of the UAE authorities racially in the recruitment process, knowing that Dr. Laila has passed through all stages of employment and get a job offer and sign a contract binding with the University administration and readiness to move with her family to Abu Dhabi. UAE authorities arrested Dr. Nasser bin Ghaith, a former professor at the Sorbonne branch in Abu Dhabi, where Dr. Ghaith was arrested by the security forces in the United Arab Emirates on 18 August 2015 and was unfairly sentenced by the Federal Court of Appeal to 10 years in prison in 29 March 2017 because of the tweets he published on his personal account, which criticized the violations of the Egyptian regime for human rights,

The UAE sentenced Ghaith to reflect the good relations with the Egyptian state via charging the Doctor of spreading hatred, racism and sectarianism and damage to national unity and peace Social. ” In response to this unfair trial, Dr. Nasser Bin Ghaith announced his entry into a hunger strike on April 2, 2017, in a statement to the public from Al-Rizin Prison confirming his innocence and that his trial was not a fair trial. In response to his demands, the administration of the Al-Rizin prison tightened the pressure on Dr. Nasser bin Ghaith, as he was pressured and his family were prevented from visiting, communicating and finding his place of detention for more than six months. On February 25, 2018, Dr. Ben Ghaith announced that he would go on hunger strike again in response to his refusal to ill-treat him in Al-Rizin prison. Since that decision, the prison authorities have denied visits and all contacts between him and his family.

The last visit on March 7, 2018, he was exhausted and his health deteriorated as a result of high blood pressure. The campaign stressed that the silence of the Sorbonne in France about the violations committed by the UAE authorities against the employees of the university and its rules of procedure and academic freedom and the practice of racism against them is a direct participation in all these violations and encourage authorities in Abu Dhabi to proceed with these violations. ICBU said that the Sorbonne University should stand beside the human rights and close its branch in Abu Dhabi or stop the accreditation. ICBU said it was launched in the light of the endless violations of human rights practiced by the UAE, as well as its war crimes in Yemen and violations of workers’ rights, as well as the fact that the UAE is the centre of modern slavery. The United Arab Emirates is today one of the leading countries in trafficking in human beings and is one of the main supporters of terrorist groups in Syria and other parts of the Middle East.