ICBU Delivered a Complaint to the Association of Professional Flight Attendants

Jun 09 2018
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ICBU Delivered a Complaint to the Association of Professional Flight Attendants


9 June 2018

The International Campaign to Boycott UAE (ICBU) on Monday addressed a formal complaint to the Association of Professional Flight Attendants (APFA) on the human rights violations committed by Abu Dhabi against UAE airline hosts and flight attendants working for Emirates Airlines. ICBU said in its complaint letter that Emirates Airlines has a dark history of discrimination and abuse against male and female inmates, forcing employees to live in certain places compulsively, as flight attendants are expelled because of pregnancy, insulting hostesses and endangering their lives by failing to follow security and safety measures.

The complaint involved the killing of a 46-year-old Bulgarian airline host, Elena Vasileva, in March after falling from a company’s plane at Entebbe International Airport in Uganda. Where the host opened the emergency door and jumped from the Boeing 777 before the start of flight EK730 to Dubai from Entebbe and was transferred to the hospital Kissobi, about 16 km from the airport, where she died there. Etihad UAE airline did not elaborate on the incident, which led to the death of the airline’s Bulgarian flight attendant. “One of our crew fell from an open door during the plane’s preparations to board the plane,” the airline said.


The boycott campaign called on the Association of Professional Flight Attendants (APFA) to cooperate with the campaign to boycott the United Arab Emirates and its companies and address businessmen not to invest in Dubai because of violations by the UAE against UAE airline employees. The boycott campaign 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 daily, whether in the war in Yemen or with neighbouring 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 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.