European activists exposed the UAE as a country of slavery and human trafficking as part of a gradual campaign expanding in European capitals.
As part of the campaign against slavery in the UAE, activists organized an initiative to publish posters and banners in the streets of Geneva, criticizing manifestations of slavery and human trafficking in the UAE.
The initiative organized by human rights activists of several European nationalities was organized on the sidelines of the 51st session of the United Nations Human Rights Council held in Geneva, starting last Monday. It will continue until the seventh of next October.
Under the initiative, posters were published in front of the headquarters of the United Nations, the International Committee of the Red Cross and the High Commissioner for Refugees in Geneva.
The posters stressed the need to mobilize an effective international movement to combat slavery in the UAE and pressure the authorities to enact laws and take serious measures to end the phenomenon.
The slogans carried a standard text calling for an end to slavery and human trafficking in the UAE and a commitment to respect human rights and international conventions that criminalize all forms of slavery.
The campaign against slavery in the UAE said in a press statement that the activities of its initiative expanded to other European capitals and cities, from Geneva and Paris.
The campaign stated that it aims to shed light on international criticism of the UAE, following its black record in slavery and human trafficking.
The campaign stated that it intends to mobilize efforts to crystallize international pressure resulting in practical measures against Abu Dhabi, forcing it to stop its slavery practices.
The campaign against slavery in the UAE was launched in the French capital to reject slavery and human trafficking in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and the rest of the UAE cities.
And areas in Paris witnessed the writing of slogans bearing the text (Stop slavery and human trafficking in the Emirates).
The initiative’s activities are scheduled to extend to other European cities to highlight the international criticism directed at the UAE against the background of its record in slavery and human trafficking.
The sponsorship system for migrant workers in the UAE is under harsh criticism from human rights organizations, which describe it as a form of modern slavery.
The sponsorship system puts the UAE in a position contrary to the international agreements to which it is a party, which legally obliges it to give up sponsorship in its current form, as Human Rights Watch reports indicate that there are millions of foreign workers in the UAE living under the sponsorship system.
The sponsorship system and the severe violations it caused by foreign workers contributed to the UAE being ranked first in the Gulf and Arab countries according to the “Slavery Index” in a report on modern slavery issued by the Australian Walk Free Organization.