ICBU: Dubai Completely Confiscates Press Freedom

Apr 10 2018
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ICBU: Dubai Completely Confiscates Press Freedom

International Campaign to Boycott UAE (ICBU) issued a statement condemning the UAE’s total confiscation of media freedom and transforming the UAE into a police state. On Thursday, UAE authorities arrested the Iraqi Journalist Zaid Benjamin during his presence at Dubai International Airport, he said through twitter “I was arrested at Dubai International Airport and there is no reason to move more than a case pending in the Abu Dhabi courts.” He published a few days ago pictures in Dubai UAE shows his meetings with a number of Arab journalists and artists. Zaid Benjamin is known as a media activist on Twitter and a correspondent for Sawa Radio in Washington.

On the other hand, the UAE authorities have detained the Jordanian journalist Tayseer Al-Najjar since December 2015 on charges of insulting UAE state symbols following a publication on his Facebook page more than a year before traveling to the UAE. Al-Najjar is a 42-year-old Jordanian journalist and member of the Journalists’ Syndicate. He is also a member of the Jordan Writers Association. He worked in the cultural section of Jordan’s daily Al-Dustour. He has several research papers and books. He is the father of five children living in Amman.

ICBU also warned UAE authorities not to harm the Iraqi journalist Zaid Benjamin and called on all international human rights institutions to immediately intervene to release all political detainees in the UAE.

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.

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.