Why did the UAE kidnap, abuse, and deport 700 African workers? – Yahoo Finance

In the early hours of June 24 and 25, 2021, security officials of the United Arab Emirates raided residential buildings in Abu Dhabi and bundled at least 700 African migrant workers into a prison. The workers’ hands and feet were cuffed for the first two weeks in detention, and the women among them were refused access to sanitary pads or medical aid.
These details are alleged in a report (pdf) published this month by two human rights organizations—ImpACT International and Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor—that accuses the UAE of racially-motivated human rights violations.
The world’s biggest carbon-sucking machine is switching on in Iceland
Over 20 on-the-record testimonies from workers mostly from Uganda, Nigeria, and Cameroon are contained in the report, with a video showing what appears to be scenes from the nights of the raids.
The operation was carried out by the UAE’s Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team, Criminal Investigation Department (CID), and Abu Dhabi Police, according to the report.
Opioid overdoses are killing more Black Americans than ever
Before breaking into the workers’ apartments, the officers disabled surveillance and wi-fi installations, using stun guns and tasers on the workers during arrests. “They stole everything in my room. They beat me and took me half naked, only with my sleeping clothes,” said 34 year-old Melachio Keanfe Carlos, a Cameroonian man who said he had been in the UAE since October 2019, and worked at a restaurant in Abu Dhabi.
They made it known to us that this was pure racism, and that they don’t need black Africans anymore in the country.
“The CID officer that took me was touching my buttocks and breast. In that building, they were touching people’s private parts in the name of arrest,” said Queen Nkechi, a Nigerian woman who said she lived with her husband, and legally worked as a cleaner in the capital city.
The officers asked for IDs and visas, but even when most of the workers presented both, they were taken to al-Wathba prison in Abu Dhabi, and cramped into cells in dire conditions. The workers were held for an average of six weeks, after which the UAE authorities put them on commercial flights to their home countries without any personal belongings, barring travel documents, and phones for some.
Most of these workers were deported in the first week of August but an unknown number are still detained in the UAE, the report says.
The UAE’s Interior Ministry said it arrested, and detained 376 men and women for “human trafficking offences, indecent acts, and extortion and assault cases that threaten the security of society.” It also stated that the process was based on conclusive evidence, and that it was done “as part of legal procedures to address crimes related to human trafficking and cases of harm to women and extortion, assault, and acts contrary to public morality.” It said most of the workers had been deported, except 50 individuals still detained because they lacked travel documents.
But workers, and the two rights groups say racism was a motivation.
“We were brutally prosecuted on the basis of skin color,” said Kenneth Rubangakene, a Ugandan teacher who spent 38 days in al-Wathba. “They made it known to us that this was pure racism, and that they don’t need black Africans anymore in the country,” said Lawrence Kingsley Ikechukwu, a Nigerian man who said he and his 60 year-old mother were deported together.
In a statement, Michela Pugliese, who researches migration at Euro-Med Monitor, said the UAE’s actions were undoubtedly “a racially motivated mass human rights violation. And it’s continuing within the UAE right now.”
Because they are resource rich and in need of labor, countries in the Gulf region attract large groups of migrant workers, particularly from Asia and Africa. The availability of visa-free travel for some countries, and Dubai’s efforts to attract African middle-class visitors have increased interest in the region. 90% of the country’s 9 million people consists of foreigners.
But migrant labor in the UAE is often cheap and without clearly defined rights, leaving workers vulnerable to the whims of their employers or—in the case of these African workers—the state.
“There is a dire need to bring justice to the victims,” Pugliese said. She suggests that workers should make cases to their home ministries of foreign affairs to generate political pressure towards justice, and submit complaints to the International Labour Organisation (ILO) against the UAE.
It is not clear what such efforts will result in. Nigeria’s ministry of foreign affairs has not responded to a Quartz request for comment. The story will be updated accordingly.
Some workers said they did not hear back from their countries’ embassies when their families tried to lodge complaints. Pending any justice, the workers will have to restart life without assets they had while in the UAE.
Veronica Ebude, a Cameroonian woman who said she had been in the UAE since 2017, said she had a valid visa that would expire on the 24th of December this year. “I came back to my country only with my phone. My birth certificate and my documents are still there. These people kidnapped us and sent us back home. We don’t know what to do with our lives now,” she said, according to the report.
Sign up to the Quartz Africa Weekly Brief here for news and analysis on African business, tech, and innovation in your inbox.
Sign up for the Quartz Daily Brief, our free daily newsletter with the world’s most important and interesting news.
More stories from Quartz:
Quartz’s 2021 ranking of the best companies for remote workers
El Salvador’s bitcoin adoption day turned into a crash course in crypto volatility
The additional deaths came from New Orleans as the area continues to grapple with power outages from the storm Hurricane Ida battered Louisiana, flooding roads and knocking out power to more than a million people. Photograph: Patrick T Fallon/AFP/Getty Images The death toll in Louisiana from Hurricane Ida has risen to 26 with the additional 11 deaths all occurring in the city of New Orleans, officials said on Wednesday, as the region continues to grapple with the fallout from the storm and linge
Orca system mixes greenhouse gas with water and pumps it underground
The Bay Area's hot housing market is showing no signs of slowing down even in the middle of a global pandemic. Maria Cid Medina reports. (9/8/21)
Teen pilot reaches Costa Rica on round-the-world bidLocation: San Jose, Costa RicaDate: September 7, 2021 Zara Rutherford is on a journey to break the world recordas the youngest woman to fly solo around the world(SOUNDBITE) (English) PILOT, ZARA RUTHERFORD, SAYING:"Flying into Costa Rica was amazing. It's a really beautiful country. It's a shame I can't stay longer, I wish I could. // On the long legs and especially over water, from Iceland to Greenland was about four hours, just over water and very low as well. And then you get quite lonely because there's no radio contact, there's nothing, there's nobody there. It's just you and the plane."The 19-year-old pilot will aim to cover 31,689 milesShe hopes her journey will encourage other young women (SOUNDBITE) (English) PILOT, ZARA RUTHERFORD, SAYING:"I'm hoping that…so when I was younger one thing that discouraged me was not seeing other women flying, or not seeing other women in STEM, that's Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. So I'm hoping by…what I can do is answering their questions, being there and having them see me fly. They can think that there's a girl flying and that I can do that too. That's what I'm trying to achieve."
The daughter of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said on Thursday she would not run for higher office in next year's general election, a remark that did little to dampen speculation that she has her eye on the presidency. Sara Duterte-Carpio, 43, mayor of Davao City, has topped all opinion polls this year on preferred candidates for the top post and has given mixed signals about the possibility of running. Her father is barred by the constitution from seeking a second term, but on Wednesday he accepted his PDP-Laban party's nomination https://reut.rs/3nhkhmQ to run in the vice president contest.
(Bloomberg) — An investment adviser from Philadelphia admitted to defrauding dozens of investors out of more than $100 million.Brenda A. Smith, 61, was charged two years ago and accused of misleading investors in her hedge fund, Broad Reach Capital LP. She falsely claimed the fund made money and sent tens of millions of dollars out of the firm — including about $2 million which she used to pay American Express bills, according to prosecutors.Smith pleaded guilty to a single count of securities
No matter how vital chips may be, there's no simple fix for shortages in a sector where overcapacity can be deadly.
Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen issued another warning to lawmakers Wednesday: Raise or suspend the debt ceiling as soon as possible. In a letter addressed to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Yellen said that according to the latest internal estimates, the Treasury could run out of money at some point in October. “Once all available measures and cash on hand are fully exhausted, the United States of America would be unable to meet its obligations for the first time in our history,” she wrote.
Top news and what to watch in the markets on Friday, September 10, 2021.
There is no such thing as a victimless crime. The trusted controller of a family-run Pennsylvania packaging firm has been sentenced to two years in prison for stealing nearly $200,000 from the company’s coffers, sending it into bankruptcy and all its workers to the unemployment line. Victoria Mazur, 54, of Pittsburgh, had worked for the Gateway Packaging Corp. from 2012 until 2017, during which she secretly pocketed $195,000 of company funds, federal prosecutors said.
The current state of economic play can be accurately summarized using an artful (at least I’d like to think) paraphrase of Winston Churchill. In 1939, the historic wartime leader famously described Russia as "a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma."
The Holmes trial, which will resume Friday, raises questions about the culture of hopeful exaggeration in Silicon Valley.
The parade marking North Korea’s celebration of its 73rd anniversary was a marked departure from past militaristic displays, with a domestic audience worried about the pandemic likely in mind. The parade late Wednesday centered around paramilitary organizations and public security forces protecting the capital, Pyongyang, instead of the military units that handle the most important weapons in the North Korean leader's nuclear and missile arsenal. In January and last October, North Korea rolled out its most provocative strategic weapons, threatening Asian rivals and the American homeland, but there was no indication the latest parade showcased ballistic weapons.
At least 1.7 million extra older workers have retired early as a result of the pandemic, research finds
Some among the super elite are serious tax scofflaws, according to a high-ranking Treasury Department official.
Where are the workers? Unfilled employment opportunities are swelling even as some 8.4 million Americans remain out of work. The job market has been torqued by billions of dollars flowing to the unemployed and a surge in savings at a time when many are reassessing whether long commutes, dull jobs, and expensive cities are worth it.
At an unusual North Korean parade showcasing military dogs and virus workers in orange hazmat suits, leader Kim Jong Un still stood out by looking thinner and more energetic than he has in years.
The former and current White House press secretaries tangled in a war of words after Spicer was ousted from a Naval Academy board.
Cedric Richmond called out State Farm and its leadership for refusing to do what other insurance companies are doing for victims of Hurricane Ida.
Gen. David Petraeus has 2 regrets about the post-9/11 order, and 1 could-have-been


100 thoughts on “Why did the UAE kidnap, abuse, and deport 700 African workers? – Yahoo Finance”

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.