ICBU Condemns the UAE’s Continuing of Racial Discrimination

Mar 13 2018
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ICBU Condemns the UAE’s Continuing of Racial Discrimination


International Campaign to Boycott UAE (ICBU) condemned the UAE’s continued discrimination against foreign workers, women, children, Africans and domestic workers, especially Bedoons. Bedoons are Emirati citizens, but the UAE authorities do not consider them to be real citizens and deprive them of their nationality arbitrarily, The Bedoons in the UAE are suffering from a flagrant racial discrimination by the UAE government, where they don’t have the right to access the public services especially the right to education, health, social care and nationality.

The word Bedoon means “stateless” in the Arabic language. They belong mainly to families living in the region but never included in population statistics for reasons such as tribal affiliation, level of literacy, ethnic origin or relations with state officials. The number of Bedoons population in UAE is from 20,000 to 100,000. The UAE government has punished a large number of Bedoons who were naturalized in the UAE to withdraw their nationalities from them and from their families and children because of their views opposing the government.


Mohammed is one of the Bedoon residents, he said, “My family and my tribe are here on the land of the UAE before the establishment of the state. The government deprives us, our families, our women and our children of the right to citizenship, education, health and care. The government offered us a year ago to facilitate our access to the nationality of other foreign states, but we refused because this is our land. ”


ICBU said in its statement that the practice of racial discrimination and the deprivation of nationality of UAE citizens from their nationality is contrary to international treaties and laws that provide for the right of a person to acquire his nationality. Article 15 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights stipulates that everyone has the right to a nationality and no one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his nationality or denied the right to change his nationality.


ICBU calls on the international community to intervene immediately to stop human rights violations in the UAE and to force the authorities in the UAE 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, whether in the war in Yemen or with neighboring countries or its citizens and residents.


ICBU said that 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.