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2 Sep 2021

Maya Gebeily, Thomson Reuters Foundation

'They told us they hate Africans': Hundreds detained, deported from Abu Dhabi

In unparalleled mass arrests, [700] workers were jailed with "no legal justification" on the night of June 24-25, and later started being deported, said ImpACT International for Human Rights Policies and the Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor...

Abu Dhabi's Rapid Intervention Forces (SWAT), Criminal Investigation Department and police carried out mass arrests in at least four apartment buildings.

The subsequent forced deportations were illegal, Pugliese said, as many of the workers had valid residency permits and work visas and were denied due process or access to their personal property.

Migrant workers told researchers that the arresting units used excessive force against them, including stun guns, and touched women's bodies inappropriately...

Two workers who spoke to the Thomson Reuters Foundation said they slept on the floor in large, group cells, but were not given masks to protect against COVID-19 infection.