ICBU Receives Tens of Complaints from Sri Lankan Workers in Dubai

Mar 27 2018
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ICBU Receives Tens of Complaints from Sri Lankan Workers in Dubai


Tuesday 27, March 2018


International Campaign to Boycott UAE (ICBU) received tens of complaints from Sri Lankan workers in Dubai about abuses by UAE authorities. Two weeks ago, ICBU monitored that UAE broke on the Sri Lankan workers in an industrial building in Dubai after they demanded for justice and fair treatment. The workers were forcibly taken to an unknown location. After the incident, ICBU received many complaints from Sri Lankan workers about the workers who were arrested from the industrial building in Dubai and others demanded the application of the minimum wage and regularly pay their salaries and others spoke of being subjected to cruel and degrading treatment from their employers in UAE.


One of the workers said,” I work in construction in Dubai for ten hours a day and I have not received my salary for three months, knowing that I had been injured in my leg at work and was ignored by the company responsible and I did not receive any kind of health care ,however, I still work every day for no apparent reason to delay salaries. ”


ICBU said Dubai was abusing foreign workers in the United Arab Emirates and violating international human rights treaties and conventions on a daily basis in 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 in the UAE. The law obliges the Emirati sponsor to obtain the sponsor’s permission in everything related to his life and work in the UAE.

ICBU called on workers and people who are exposed to violations of their rights in the UAE to file their complaints and any evidence of their exposure to such violations to be documented and sent to the media and international human rights organizations that defend human rights and bring cases before international courts for their redress and rights under international law.

ICBU revealed that workers were afraid to report such violations to authorities because Dubai authorities had always threatened to deport them to their country or to detain them in their prisons. ICBU also 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 and 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 human-trafficking and is one of the main supporters of terrorist groups in Syria and other parts of the Middle East.