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UAE: International Centre for Justice and Human Rights calls on UN to investigate corporate accountability for human rights abuses

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Report
28 November 2017

The responsibility of multinational corporations & other international institutions for human rights violations in the UAE

Author: International Centre for Justice and Human Rights

...The cooperation between...multinational corporations and the UAE authorities in different commercial, financial and technical activities – without investigation into the existence of legal and actual guarantees for the respect of human rights and fundamental freedoms – could be considered as tantamount to involvement with Emirati officials in the grave violations being committed against political activists, human rights defenders and bloggers in the country. They are regularly being deprived of their personal safety and dignity and their physical and moral sanctity...

...The British defence company BAE Systems is supplying the UAE with advanced spy technology and decoding systems. In 2015, the UAE acquired from British companies new systems to intercept communications and carry out wiretapping, including the so-called “IMSI-catchers"...[T]he equipment used by the State Security Apparatus to wiretap and monitor the movements and activities of human rights defenders has contributed to the imprisonment of many of them, based on recordings of their criticisms of the political or justice systems or their reporting of violations of human rights...

...Several transnational corporations and other institutions have undertaken work and contracts for the benefit of the UAE and have placed workers from different nationalities under the sponsorship (Kafala) system...It is known that Kafala system violates more than one human right, including the right of the worker to change their job and to leave the country without their sponsor's permission, as well as their right to resign from their work...[also refers to Apple]

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Author: المركز الدولي للعدالة وحقوق الإنسان

يعتبر...تعامل...المؤسسات في نشاط تجاري...وتقني مع سلطات دولة الإمارات دون أن تتحرى...وجود الضمانات القانونية والفعلية لاحترام حقوق الإنسان وحرياته الأساسية مشاركة لسلطات دولة الإمارات في الانتهاكات الجسيمة التي تقترفها في حق النشطاء السياسيين والحقوقيين والمدونين والتي نالت من أمانهم الشخصي وكرامتهم...تقوم شركة "بي أيه إي سيستمز" البريطانية للصناعات الدفاعية بإمداد دولة الإمارات بتكنولوجيا تجسس متطورة وأنظمة فك شفرات كما اقتنت الإمارات من شركات بريطانية سنة 2015 أنظمة حديثة لاعتراض الاتصالات والتنصّت على الهواتف...وقد ساهمت كذلك المعدات التي يستخدمها جهاز أمن الدولة في التنصت ومراقبة تحركات وأنشطة المدافعين عن حقوق الانسان في الزج بالكثير منهم في السجون فقط بسبب انتقادهم للنظام السياسي أو لمنهج الاعتقالات التعسفية أو الإبلاغ عن حالات انتهاك لحقوق الانسان...لقد تعهّدت بعض المؤسسات عبر الوطنية وغيرها من المؤسسات بانجاز أشغال ومقاولات لفائدة الإمارات ووضعت العمّال من عدّة جنسيات تحت نظام الكفالة. ومن المعلوم أنّ نظام الكفالة ينتهك أكثر من حق من حقوق الإنسان ومنها حقّ العامل في تغيير العمل دون إذن الكفيل وحقّه في الاستقالة من الوظيفة وحقّه في ترك البلاد دون إذن الكفيل...[يشير المقال لشركة آبل]

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