ICBU Condemns UAE Violations against Journalists and Media Organisations in Yemen

Mar 16 2018
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ICBU Condemns UAE Violations Against Journalists and Media Organizations in Southern Yemen


International Campaign to Boycott UAE (ICBU) condemned the UAE campaign against the right to freedom of opinion, expression, press and the right to access information in southern Yemen by UAE military groups. Media sources said that the gunmen of militant forces loyal to the UAE stormed the headquarters of the newspaper Akhbar Al-Youm, burned the headquarters, injured some people and forced the workers to exit at gunpoint, it is noted that that they were photographed by the surveillance cameras of the newspaper.


ICBU said in its statement that the UAE military forces carried out a series of violations in southern Yemen against journalists, media and media institutions, the latest was the kidnaping the journalist Awad Kashmim from Mukalla province and torturing him in Hadramout because he published critical views about the UAE interventions in southern Yemen on his personal Facebook page. The forces also attacked Al Youm Al Thamen Newspaper in Aden and the Aden Research Centre in Khormaksar, and they also summoned and investigated Aden Newspaper editor, and bombing Bandar National Radio via an RPG. Journalists and media were harassed for criticizing UAE interventions in Yemen by its affiliated military forces in southern Yemen.


ICBU stressed that freedom of press work is guaranteed under international human rights law and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR). Article 19 states that “Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression, including the right to freedom of opinion, and transfer to others, by any means and regardless of frontiers. ” ICBU expressed its strong condemnation of the violations against freedom of opinion and expression, freedom of press work and access to information. The campaign called for putting pressure on UAE to stop these violations and protecting journalists, media and media institutions in southern Yemen.


ICBU called on the international community to intervene immediately to stop human rights violations committed by the UAE in southern Yemen and to force the UAE authorities to respect international human rights law. ICBU also called on all countries that respect human rights laws and the free world to boycott the UAE because they violate human rights on a daily basis, whether in the war in Yemen or with neighbouring countries, citizens or residents.


ICBU said it was launched in the light of the endless violations of human rights committed by the UAE, in addition to 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 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.