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2 Sep 2021

Euro Med Monitor, Mirage News

UAE authorities detain, torture, and deport over 800 migrants: “They told us they hated black Africans”

Evidence released today from Euro-Med Human Rights Monitor and ImpACT International documents widespread state-sponsored violations of human rights on African migrant workers in the UAE...

The report, compiling witness testimonies from over 20 victims, concludes that the attacks were planned, targeted and racially motivated...

Testimonies report authorities destroying CCTV and Wi-Fi, before breaking into homes, destroying property and tasering and arresting individuals without charge.

Individuals were forced from their homes, some in their underwear, permitted to take with them only their passports. During the raid authorities shouted racial abuse and sexually assaulted both men and women.

The workers, who were of many different nationalities within Africa, were then transported to al-Wathba prison... and detained without charge, in cells holding up to 60 people with just three bathrooms.

Victims, who include pregnant women, report being chained by their hands and feet for up two weeks, having no access to sanitary and hygiene products and being refused medical attention.