Int. Campaign To Boycott UAE call on Britons to join “Anti-Slavery” protest in London
International Campaign To Boycott United Arab Emirates (ICBU) call on the British public and Londoners in p[articular to join “Anti-Slavery” protest in London this weekend on 8th December 2018. The protest organised by African Lives Matter comes on the first anniversary of the dreadful slavery actions in Libya.
ICBU call on British public to come out young old, men and women to stand up against the modern slavery acts taking place in Libya and other parts of the Middle East. The protest will start at Europe House, 32 Smith Square in London at 11am then will move towards the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in the city.
The campaign also reminds the mainstream that UAE is also involved on modern day slavery at different fronts beginning with Libya and ending at home where Asian workers are still enslaved under the Sponsorship System (Kafala)
ICBU along with African Lives Matter organised a number of key protests in Washington, London and Paris last year to point out the UAE Slavery responsibility.
ICBU spokesperson stated that UAE’s sponsored militias in Libya are heavily involved in slavery trade in the country. They facilitated enslaving African migrants enroute to Europe.
“We joined forces with dozens of organisations and activists last year where we blocked UAE embassies in London, Paris and DC. We hope this year people are reminded that UAE is still responsible with the upper hand in Libya. We want also to remind people that modern day slavery against Africans and Asians are at its highest level in UAE, especially Dubai” said the spokesperson
A 2004 HBO documentary accuses UAE citizens of illegally using child jockeys in camel racing, where they are subjected also to physical and sexual abuse. Anti-Slavery International has documented similar allegations
Reports also revealed that domestic workers are predominantly female migrants from Asia and Africa.
Many of the approximately 300,000 domestic workers face physical, sexual or emotional abuse, little to no payment, the denial of food and medical treatment, and remain at the mercy of their employers until their employment contract ends. One woman reported that her boss began hitting her after two weeks of employment, and would sometimes pull out tufts of her hair. Regardless, the woman stayed, hoping to be paid for her work, but she never was. Often, the abuse leads to forced labor and trafficking.