Urgent Letter to His Holiness, The Pope “Cancel Your Visit to UAE”
TO: His Holiness
The Pope, The Apostolic Palace
Vatican City, 00120 Vatican City
Subject: His Holiness Visit to United Arab Emirates
Most Holy Father:
I’m writing on behalf of the International Campaign to Boycott UAE (ICBU). We are an international pressure movement working towards protecting human rights in United Arab Emirates. Our campaign is dedicated to help the vulnerable victims such as migrant workers, slavery, human trafficking victims. One of key goals is to end the War on Yemen where UAE is committing daily war crimes against innocent civilians.
We are extremely disappointed to know of the News that your holiness is planning to visit UAE in early February where you will be meeting with the Royal Family and members of the UAE Government in both Abu Dhabi and Dubai. Our campaign is shocked of this visit as it will give UAE and its government a cover and sponsorship of killing in Yemen let alone committing human rights violations inside the country where citizens are not equal, and racism is a daily trend on the country. Sadly, UAE doesn’t desire your holy visit which will be used later on as a branding tool to show that UAE is promoting tolerance.
Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch accused UAE directly of committing war crimes in Yemen by their constant and indiscriminate bombardment. Meanwhile, major United Nations Agencies such as UNESCO, WHO and UNICIEF wared of an existing famine in Yemen due to UAE and Arab Coalition siege. Additionally, UAE is also involved in the war in Libya where it funds various armed groups responsible for the killing of thousands. The same armed groups are also involved in enslaving African migrants
Our Campaign is urging you to revise your decision cancel your visit to UAE. The Catholic Church has always sided with Justice, tolerance and forgiveness. But, at this very occasion; we are certain that UAE will use it to improve its badly damaged image.
Currently, Indian and Asian workers are suffering racism and discrimination. Meanwhile, African girls are trapped in Dubai by Human Trafficking. In the same time, Refugees are not given a refugee at the hardest time when they flee their own countries. We can’t think of more reasons to urge you to cancel your visit.
Let me at this instance quote the bible which states, in Corinthians 12:13
“For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink.”
The Bible also says, at John 2.11, “But anyone who hates a brother or sister is in the darkness and walks around in the darkness. They do not know where they are going, because the darkness has blinded them.”
The bible is clear in opposing hate, racism and discrimination. We hope your holiness will promote such lovely versus and at least Boycott UAE which endorses hate and adopt racism as way of life while dealing with strangers and foreign workers.
Looking forward for your cooperating and support.
International Campaign to Boycott UAE