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UAE envoy addresses Human Rights Council's interactive dialogue

posted on 07/03/2015: 1251 views

GENEVA: Speaking during the Human Rights Council's Interactive dialogue with High Commissioner for Human Rights on his Annual Report, Ambassador Obaid Salem Al Zaabi, the Permanent Representative of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) at the European Headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva and other International Organisations, said the UAE shared the High Commissioner's concerns about rising extremism.

The Council held the Interactive dialogue as part of the 28th regular session of the Human Rights Council, being convened from 2nd to 27th March, 2015.

These forms and manifestations of extremism, he argued, were born out of extremist ideologies which posed a threat to the international community, religions and values.

Al Zaabi welcomed the findings of the High Commissioner in regard to his principled stances towards enhancement of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for the new four-year planning term from 2014 to 2017.

He expressed the hope that the Office of the High Commissioner would attach due importance and significant support to the right to development as the fitting framework to uphold economic, social and cultural rights.

Regionally, the UAE Permanent Representative voiced grave discontent with the continuing Israeli occupation of the Arab territories and called for the immediate implementation of all relevant resolutions issued by the Human Rights Council including findings and recommendations made by its independent commissions of inquiry. He also stressed the need for reviving the Palestinian-Israeli peace negotiations to realise the two-state solution.

Expressed concern about the situation in Yemen, Al Zaabi regretted that the aggravating crisis has reached unprecedented, precarious proportion that should prompt all parties to reach a consensus and work together to restore security and stability.

As far as Iraq concerned, the UAE envoy called on the Council to continue its support to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in Iraq and demanded that those responsible for crimes committed against the Iraqi people be brought to justice.

On Libya, Al Zaabi called on the international community to back efforts being made by the legitimate government to counter extremists groups, which pose threat to the whole region.

Concluding his statement, Al Zaabi welcomed and expressed support for the High Commissioner's initiative to re-organise his office.


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