AIB statement on Dubai as the venue for IFLA World Library and Information Congress 2024

Italian version

The Italian Library Association – while appreciating IFLA’s decision to have its Annual Congress for the first time in an Arabic-speaking country, as well as its choice to include in the programme themes such as diversity, inclusion, equity – expresses strong perplexity about the choice of a Country whose laws and values do not respect human rights, especially the rights of women, refugees, and the LGBT+ community. AIB also expresses concern about the risks that some members will have to expose themselves to attend the Annual Congress. Finally AIB calls for reconsideration of the choice done.

AIB National President

Laura Ballestra

Rome, June 27th 2023