The European Council on Foreign Relations institute (ECFR) called for European sanctions to be imposed on the UAE due to its subversive policy and destabilizing regional activities.
In its study entitled “A Better European Approach to Human Rights in the Middle East and North Africa,” the institute said that Europeans should be aware of the fact that some of their key regional partners, to whom they provide legitimacy and credibility, are undermining regional stability. “Europe regularly comments on Iran’s destabilizing regional activities, but it doesn’t have much to say about the UAE’s subversive activities,” it added.
It noted that while the European Parliament had repeatedly called for an EU-wide embargo on arms sales to members of the Saudi-led coalition, the United Kingdom and France (unlike Germany and Italy, which had imposed embargoes or restrictions) continued to authorize arms sales.
The European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) warned that the UAE was one of the largest customers of French arms throughout the Yemeni conflict.
And last February, the European Parliament recently dealt a strong blow to the UAE and exposes its violations in Yemen, amid political indicators towards Abu Dhabi. This was translated into the adoption by the European Parliament of a tough resolution against the Saudi-Emirati alliance on February 11th.
For the first time, the resolution called for referring human rights violations in Yemen to the International Criminal Court. MEPs also urged EU governments to use the newly adopted EU global human rights sanctions mechanism to target Saudi and Emirati officials. This is due to the involvement in war crimes in Yemen, through the freezing of assets and the travel ban.