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26 Okt 2021

Amnesty International

UAE: Amnesty joins calls for Govt. to ensure remedy for African workers detained in "racially motivated" raids

"UAE: Ensure the right to remedy to hundreds of African workers following racially motivated detentions and deportations," 26 Oct 2021

Police in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) carried out a sweeping campaign arbitrarily detaining and deporting at least 375 African migrant workers who were seized from their homes in terrifying night-time raids, taken to prison where they were subjected to degrading treatment and other multiple human rights violations, before being collectively deported without any form of due process, new research from Amnesty International has found...

Amnesty International interviewed eight women and 10 men who were arbitrarily deported and expelled from the UAE following the June raids, of which 11 were from Cameroon, five from Nigeria, one from Uganda and one from Ghana. All of them described a pattern of racial targeting in the apprehensions, noting that those rounded up were almost exclusively Black. A few Asian nationals found living in the same flats as the Africans were also arrested...

Five interviewees described how Emirati authorities had forged negative Covid-19 PCR test results needed to travel internationally, when in fact they had not been tested for weeks before being deported.

These African workers were living and working in the UAE legally. This racial targeting caused devastation in the lives of some of the most marginalized members of Emirati society at a time when the UAE government presents itself as a model country for multicultural tolerance as it hosts Dubai Expo 2020.
Lynn Maalouf, Deputy Director for the Middle East and North Africa at Amnesty International