UN adopts UAE human rights report

UAE attaches utmost importance to the protection of fundamental rights and freedoms, senior official says

GENEVA: The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) has adopted the UAE’s third report on the human rights situation in the country as part of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) during the 38th session of the council being held in Geneva from June 18 to July 16.


The review identified the progress made over the past four-and-a-half years.

Ahmad Abdul Rahman Al Jarman, Assistant Minister for Human Rights and International Law at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, led the UAE high-level delegation, which included representatives of several federal government agencies.

He reaffirmed the importance that the UAE attached to the Universal Periodic Review and to the protection of fundamental rights and freedoms.

During the third UPR process in January 2018, the UAE received a total of 230 recommendations.

“Out of the 230 recommendations received, the UAE accepted 132, with many of these recommendations already in place,” he affirmed.

Regarding the other recommendations, he said the UAE will implement them in the next four-and-a-half years, adding that many of the recommendations need further consideration.

Al Jarman explained that legislation is in the works for a national universal periodic review committee on the basis of the internationally accepted Paris Principles.

In a statement, Al Jarman affirmed the UAE’s commitment to enhancing the protection of human rights in the country. “The government is working diligently to improve its human rights record and adopting best practices in the field,” he added.

He said the Universal Periodic Review was characterised by positive, constructive dialogue that analysed the human rights record of the UAE and that the review identified the progress made over the past four-and-a-half years.

Commenting on the UAE’s efforts towards the UPR process, Al Jarman explained, “The UAE has repeatedly highlighted the importance of the Universal Periodic Review mechanism. The government has extended invitations to several Special Rapporteurs and was pursuing efforts to combat human trafficking with the establishment of a national committee on the issue.”

“Efforts are also under way to strengthen the rights of migrant workers,” he said, adding “legislation afforded migrant workers decent work conditions and protected their fundamental rights.”

“Steady strides” are being made to strengthen women’s rights and empowerment, “with a number of women holding key government positions”, he added.

“A multi-sector strategy is in place to promote the rights of persons with disabilities. A permanent commission is in place to coordinate the implementation of accepted recommendations,” he added.

Al Jarman reaffirmed that the UAE Government remained “fully committed” to the Universal Periodic Review process.

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