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Human rights path is long bumpy road: UAE

posted on 21/02/2010: 1038 views


Algeria - Over four years after its birth, the UN Human Rights Council is passing through a critical juncture on its future and future of the human rights systems at large, UAE Permanent Representative to United Nations office in Geneva Ambassador Obaid Salem Al Zaabi said yesterday.

"The short experiment of the UN human rights body has produced set achievements which should be sustained, improved and strengthened.... likewise, the experiment has faced objective shortcomings which should be stopped at and considered either by modification, changing or deletion in commensurate with the daily reality of countries, their specialties and potentials, Al Zaabi told a workshop hosted by Algeria to explore the future of the UN Human Rights Council.

The event aims at monitoring available agenda and options for crystallising a common stance within the context of review of the Council's mission during the debate of the 66th UN General Assembly in 2011.

Highlighting the importance of the workshop, the UAE diplomat said the activity would provide a good opportunity before the Arab countries to review the work and performance if the Council and find the creative mechanisms to upgrade its mission for the best interest of the Arab peoples.

"The human rights issue is a long bumpy road whose success and failure to crossing depends on a set of factors the most important of them are time and scale of development of each individual country, pace of evolvement of concepts in each community, the UAE ambassador said in his address before 130 delegates attending the meeting.

Accordingly, he explained, any negligence or slackness in comprehending such criteria will be considered a reason for failure in any approach seeking to advance and promote the human rights culture.

"As we are engaged in the first review, all should understand that it is not necessary to arrive at what some call 'drastic' or 'revolutionary' transformations or at an ideal council that has solutions to human rights issues in any place and at any time,” he added.

"We need to handle the matter with calm, staidness and patience and make distinction between the urgent agenda that require immediate actions and that needs evolution and maturity in the long run,” he said.

The Human Rights Council is an inter-governmental body within the UN system made up of 47 States responsible for strengthening the promotion and protection of human rights around the globe. The Council was created by the UN General Assembly on 15 March 2006 with the main purpose of addressing situations of human rights violations and make recommendations on them. - Emirates News Agency, WAM

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