ICBU Calls on the German Government to Stop the Arms Deal with the UAE

Sep 21 2018
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ICBU Calls on the German Government to Stop the Arms Deal with the UAE

The International Campaign to Boycott the UAE called on the German parliament and international human rights institutions to exert pressure on the German government to stop the arms deal with the United Arab Emirates. Earlier, the Germany’s economy minister Peter Altmair sent a letter to the German parliament on its approval of supplying the UAE with weapons for its wars in the Middle East, especially missiles for the UAE warships. ICBU said the UAE violates human rights and commits war crimes in Yemen, the latest of which was the bombing of a bus carrying children, killing some 45 school children in Yemen.

ICBU added that the UAE war in Yemen has killed 2100 children in the air strikes, recruited about 8000 children to fight in Yemen and 51% of the raids targeted women and children, moreover, bombing about 480 educational institutions, 318 hospitals and 917 mosques. UAE killed about 16000 Yemeni civilians. The International Campaign added that the UAE is holding hundreds of civilians, torturing, transporting them and smuggling Yemeni prisoners to UAE prisons and recruiting thousands of mercenaries brought from Africa and South America to fight the UAE wars in Yemen.

The International Campaign called for the intervention of the United Nations, the European Parliament, human rights institutions and the international community to stop human rights violations committed by UAE authorities in Yemen and to force UAE authorities to respect human rights laws. The campaign also called on all countries that respect human rights laws and the free world to boycott the UAE because they violate human rights daily, whether in the war in Yemen or with neighboring countries or citizens or residents.

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 center of modern slavery. The United Arab Emirates today is 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