ICBU: Thanks to Durham University Boycott of UAE, we invite all UK Universities to Join
International Campaign to Boycott UAE (ICBU) expresses its deep worry and concern for the welfare of a British student being held in solitary confinement in the United Arab Emirates. The campaign denounces the reckless acts of UAE in which a student being held in solitary confinement under false charges of espionage. The campaign call on all British universities to stop working in or with UAE and ban their students from being involved in the country in any form.
Matthew Hedges, a PhD student at Durham University , was reportedly taken into custody at Dubai airport on May 5 after travelling in the UAE to interview sources about the country’s foreign policy and security strategy. The 31-year-old has been held without charge ever since and his rights are being “violated on a daily basis”, his wife Daniela Tejada said.
According to a profile on the Durham University website, Mr Hedges’ research includes Middle Eastern politics, the changing nature of war, civil-military relations and tribalism.
ICUB praises the action of Durham University where the School of Government and International Affairs has put a temporary ban on all non-UAE national student research travel to UAE until the reasons for Mr Hedges’ detention have been fully established.
ICBU invite other British Universities and Academics to join the boycott movement and isolate UAE. “Academics, Universities, Colleges should refrain from risking their lives by avoiding travelling to UAE let alone working with them” said ICBU
Although, foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt has personally raised Mr Hedges’ case with his UAE counterpart amid concerns over his mental health and wellbeing. The campaign call on the British Government to take immediate action against UAE crimes.