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Human dignity is major concern for UAE: envoy

posted on 06/03/2009: 856 views

Geneva - HE Obaid Salim Al Za'abi, UAE Permanent Representative at the UN Headquarters in Geneva, said today human dignity has been the main concern for the United Arab Emirates since its creation.

'The UAE has acceded to many international conventions and will continue doing so. The United Arab Emirates has achieved considerable progress in a short amount of time, for example an association for human rights has been set up in order to raise awareness on human rights issues, among other measures undertaken in that field, the ambassador told the tenth regular session of the UN Human Rights Council at the Palais des Nations in Geneva. The meeting will run up to 27 Match.

The United Arab Emirates, he said, was working together with the International Organization for Migration in order to combat human trafficking and had taken part in setting up the mechanisms of the Human Rights Council, including the Universal Periodic Review.

'The occupied Palestinian territories had witnessed a new Israeli aggression at the beginning of this year which left more than 1,000 martyrs, including innocent civilians, women and children. This aggression had left Gaza destroyed and it needed to be reconstructed. Israel had used weapons against Gaza that were banned by the international community" he added.

He called on the international community to assist the Palestinian people.

According to him, partnership and dialogue were all the more important today.

'The world was facing serious times and had to put hatred behind it and work towards peace. The United Arab Emirates would work together with the Council in order to achieve human rights for all.

The Human Rights Council heard statements by ministers and other dignitaries, who raised a variety of issues including the Universal Periodic Review mechanism, the implications of the economic and financial crises on economic, social, cultural rights, and respect for religions and cultures and freedom of expression. Many speakers outlined national efforts in support of the promotion and protection of human rights. – Emirates News Agency, WAM


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