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UAE has good human rights reputation: UN expert

posted on 27/09/2004: 2684 views

A UN official has praised the UAE on its record in the fight against racism, human rights and security situation. He said the country has good reputation in the areas of human rights despite of being a multi-national and multi-racial country. David Mackenzie, who is from the Irish Police and a UN anti-racism and human rights expert, made the statement during a lecture on human rights, organised in Abu Dhabi yesterday by the Centre for Police Research and Studies of the Abu Dhabi Police Command. He said that the police is solely responsible for the protection of the human rights of all persons without discrimination.

"It is the responsibility of the police to protect and ensure those rights for all persons because the duty of the police is not limited only to the implementing of law and order,” he said. The lecture, which attracted a large number of police officers, directors of departments, commanding officers, is part of a comprehensive programme prepared to enlighten staff of the Abu Dhabi Police about new developments in the police service and security sciences which would help them discharge their duties effectively.

Mackenzie said the international human rights charter after the second world war stated that no dictator has the right to end the life of people due to their race, creed or religion as all have the right for peaceful life and freedom, that must be protected by the police and other security apparatus, adding that there are many international agreements that stated that every person has the right to live, expression, movement, own property, practice the religion of his choice and to rid himself of any form of discrimination.

He said there was the need for a police officer to be conversant with the constitution and to know the values and tradition of the various peoples of the world in order to be able to deal with each of them the right way. (The Emirates News Agency, WAM)


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