WAM ABU DHABI, June 30th, 2013 (WAM) -- The UAE has earned an excellent record in the field of bolstering and protecting human rights, commented a UAE daily.
"It is indeed a hard-earned record with prominent national achievements, strong commitment and positive interaction with the global practices in the field of human rights", said "Gulf Today" in its editorial on Sunday.
"In November 2012 the UAE won with a sweeping majority the Human Rights Council membership for three successive years, which would end by late 2015. The UAE won the membership during a secret voting session of the General Assembly of the United Nations", the paper remarked.
The UAE got 184 votes which constituted the highest voting rate among the Asian four-country group that won the membership. The UAE got also the highest rate among the group of eight countries that won the council membership in its new edition.
H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Foreign Minister has noted that the victory is the culmination of a number of achievements that the UAE made in the field of human rights over the past years as embodied in the legislation that the UAE issued or in the field of protecting and bolstering the basic freedoms and legal rights of individuals, particularly with respect to the rights of women and children and the advanced legislation related to expatriates working in the UAE.
The UAE's commitment to human rights was underlined when the Arab Organisation for Human Rights re-elected the country's candidate, Dr Abdul Rahim Yousef Al Awadi, assistant foreign minister for legal affairs, as chairman of the organisation in the elections held at the Arab League headquarters in December 2011 for the period from 2013 to 2015.
Separately, the UAE has called on Arab and African parliaments to present the moderate and tolerant approach of their religions to the other world cultures to dispel misunderstanding and extremism towards Arab, Islamic and African cultures.
That call was made in a working paper before the 13th Afro-Arab Parliamentary Conference in Rabat, Morocco, by a member of the UAE Federal National Council (FNC), Sultan Al Shamsi. The working paper said Arab and African MPs were also asked to promote the culture of peace, tolerance and understanding for greater cross-cultural and religious interaction.
It might be easy to sign international charters and conventions, but it is not easy to abide by them always. But the UAE has proved to be an exception.
It has remained true to its commitments as a signatory to the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, the Convention on the Rights of the Child, Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the Convention against Torture.
President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan is leading the country's efforts in protection of rights and freedoms.
In his address to the new session of the Federal National Council on Nov.6, 2012, Sheikh Khalifa pointed out that the UAE Constitution stipulates that all rights and freedoms in the UAE be protected and respected by all UAE authorities. He said this made the UAE a paradise for both Emiratis and expatriates alike.
"It is also a matter of pride for both Emiratis and expatriates alike that the UAE stands out in the international community in this respect and they owe it to the country's leadership for the vision and practices that raised the country to this level", the paper concluded.