Simulating Abu Dhabi’s Louvre Highlighting UAE’S Violations
Human rights activists’ have launched a virtual website that enables visitors to learn about the most prominent human rights violations committed by the United Arab Emirates.
The virtual museum represents a protest letter to the Louvre and the French government due to its agreement with Abu Dhabi government to open a branch of the museum in Abu Dhabi, said Laurie Michel, a researcher at the Paris Francophone Institute for freedoms.
According to Michel, the Virtual Museum imitates Abu Dhabi’s Louvre Museum and sends a message to everyone who wants to visit it to learn about the dark side of the UAE’s harsh practices against activists, women and academics, and also reviews the war crimes committed by Abu Dhabi in Yemen and other countries.
The website includes various parts and presents brilliantly images and information that constitute several aspects of human rights violations committed by the UAE both internally and externally.
The first part of the website features interactive photos and information simulating the sections of Abu Dhabi’s Louvre as part of freedom abuses and the arrests of dozens of bloggers, human rights activists and opponents in in the UAE.
The website presents examples of a list of arrests in the UAE, notably Ahmed Mansour, a human rights defender detained arbitrarily since March 20, 2017, Mohammed Al-Roken, prominent human rights lawyer , who is detained since July 17, 2012, and academic Nasser bin Ghaith who is sentenced to 10 years of imprisonment since March 29, 2017 on charges of “publishing false information” about UAE leaders and policies based on comments written on Twitter.
The second section of the site reviews pictures of war crimes committed by the UAE in Yemen more than three years ago.
The rest of the sections present different aspects, such as the UAE’s support for terrorism, violations of women’s rights, slavery and money laundering.
The idea of establishing the website highlights the UAE’s attempts in its cultural armament by dealing with a capitalist consumption logic
Supervisors confirm that the UAE is trying to cover its extensive human rights violations and war crimes committed in Yemen and other countries by establishing the Louvre Museums in Abu Dhabi.
Since 2011, UAE authorities have launched a crackdown on human rights defenders, judges, lawyers, academics, students and journalists, in an effort to eliminate any opposition in the country. Many have been subjected to arbitrary detention, enforced disappearance, torture and unfair trials.
As a result, critics and opponents in the UAE are serving long prison terms for the peaceful exercise of their right to freedom of expression.
Human rights organizations have repeatedly accused the UAE of abusing practices such as sponsoring slavery in Libya and blatant interference in the internal affairs of many Middle East countries.
It is also accused of abusing detainees in Yemeni prisons and offending Yemeni citizens, such as arbitrary detention and travel ban, as well as systematic assassinations of dissidents.
The is the website address: https://louvreabudhabi.live/