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Gargash to address Human Rights Council next Thursday

posted on 26/02/2013: 1471 views



Geneva: The Human Rights Council yesterday opened its regular twenty-second session and started its high-level segment. The Council held a high-level panel discussion to mark the twentieth anniversary of the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action (VDPA). The VDPA is the most significant overarching human rights document produced in the last quarter of a century. It crystallised the underlying principles that human rights are universal, indivisible, interdependent and interrelated, and took the key notion of universality a step further by committing States to the promotion and protection of all human rights for all people "regardless of their political, economic, and cultural systems.

Dr Anwar Mohammed Gargash, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, will take the floor on next Thursday to update the high-level segment on the latest progress in the UAE's human rights record.

Over four days, the meeting will hear 80 ministers speaking about human rights situation in their countries and their commitments to the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action on Human Rights.

In her opening statement, Navi Pillay, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, said that the promise of respecting all human rights for all people was still a dream for too many and that war crimes continued to be committed in numerous internal conflicts including those continuing in Afghanistan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Mali, Sudan and Syria.

'Despite the extraordinary progress since the adoption of the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action, many were still left behind, including migrants, older people, religious and ethnic minorities, and people persecuted because of their sexual orientation and gender identity. The work here would not be done until the promise of the Vienna Declaration was made real for everyone - no exceptions, no excuses.

Despite the extraordinary progress since the adoption of the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action, many were still left behind, including migrants, older people, religious and ethnic minorities, and people persecuted because of their sexual orientation and gender identity. The work here would not be done until the promise of the Vienna Declaration was made real for everyone - no exceptions, no excuses. - Emirates News Agency, WAM

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