ICBU Holds the UAE Responsible for Injuring Asian Workers

Aug 18 2019
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ICBU Holds the UAE Responsible for Injuring Asian Workers

 

The international campaign to boycott the UAE (ICBU) has accused the UAE government of practicing racism and failing to enforce security and safety regulations for foreign workers. The international campaign called for the establishment of an international commission of inquiry to investigate all violations and discrimination that take place in the UAE, especially human trafficking, as most foreign workers in the UAE are subject to the sponsorship system, which is very similar to the system of slavery.

 

The campaign said the UAE abused foreign workers in the UAE and violated international human rights treaties and conventions on a daily basis within the UAE. Foreign workers in the UAE also suffer from a work visa that forces them to obtain an Emirati sponsor who always controls workers in all aspects of life there. The law requires any worker to obtain permission from the UAE sponsor in all matters relating to the work and life of the worker in the UAE. The campaign said they were afraid to report abuse to the authorities because Dubai authorities had always threatened to deport them to their country or detain them in its prisons.

 

The international campaign called on the international community to intervene immediately to stop human rights violations in the UAE and to force the UAE authorities to respect human rights laws. It also called on all countries that respect human rights laws and the free world to boycott the UAE, as they violate human rights daily, whether in the war in Yemen or with neighboring countries, citizens or residents.

 

The boycott campaign said it was launched in light of the endless human rights abuses practiced by the UAE, as well as the war crimes it committed in Yemen and abuses of workers’ rights, as well as the UAE being the center of modern slavery. The UAE is today one of the leading countries in human trafficking and is a major supporter of terrorist groups in Syria and other parts of the Middle East.