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Amnesty warns Danish firms at Dubai health event: ”Do your due diligence”

More than 20 Danish medtech companies have traveled to a huge health event currently taking place in Dubai, where torture, exploitation and human rights violations are still part of everyday life. In principle, this is OK, says Amnesty, while cautioning companies to perform thorough background checks of potential customers.

A record number of Danish firms are participating in this year's health expo, Arab Health, which takes place in Dubai. The photograph depicts last year's event | Photo: Health Tech / PR

At least 23 Danish life science companies are eagerly canvassing the huge health expo, Arab Health, which is currently being held in Dubai. Buyers, distributors and representatives from healthcare systems in the region are mingling there in the hopes of getting million-dollar order contracts signed, money that’s likely from the Saudi oil adventure, which has made the Middle East astoundingly rich.

Participants are here despite the constant criticisms leveled at countries on the Arabian Peninsula from human rights organizations like Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch. On the face of it, their presence is OK, says Amnesty.

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