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UAE legislation totally against all forms of racism

posted on 03/09/2001: 650 views

The UAE has reiterated that it abhors all forms of racism and has enshrined this in its constitution and promulgated laws against all forms of racism and is increasingly attaching more importance to the affairs of expatriate workers to further improve their living standards. Mohammed bin Nakhira Al Dhahiri, Minister of Justice Islamic Affairs and Awqaf made the remark in a UAE address to the Racism Conference currently underway here.

He said that the UAE constitution stated that all are equal in front of the laws of the country. "It has also provided for the rights of mothers and children for social and health care among other rights,” he said, adding that all monotheist religions, including Islam, which forms the bases of the UAE constitution, proclaim humanity and dignity for all human beings, irrespective of their colour, race or creed, and abhor all forms of racism whatsoever.

Al Dhahiri said that Islam, which existed for the past 15 centuries, clearly stated that all human beings, people and individuals are one family, with one origin. "Islam calls for peaceful co-existence interaction among all human beings on the bases of respect for basic human rights, equality among all human beings, tolerance and respect for diversity and dissimilarity,” he said, adding that Islam was against all forms of discrimination whatsoever.

He said based on his country's belief in equality and human rights for all, the UAE is a signatory to a number of agreements on human rights, including the Child Rights agreement of the United Nations, adding that the UAE is also a signatory to eight agreements of the International Labour Organisation, ILO, and applies strictly the tenet of the Human Rights declaration and will soon ratify the agreement on the prevention of all forms of discrimination against women.

Al Dhahiri said despite efforts by the international community to uproot all forms of discrimination and racism, racial practices persist in many parts of the world, adding that millions continue to suffer the agonies of racism and discrimination. He therefore urged the conference to highlight on all sources of discrimination and racism in this modern world. He pointed out that occupation of lands is one of the most dangerous form of violation of human rights. "Lots of innocent lives are being lost through repressive practices of the occupier, especially in Arab occupied lands,” he said, adding that what is happening in the Palestinian occupied territories, especially in Jerusalem, which is of great religious importance to the three monotheist religions, Islam, Christianity and Judaism, is a blatant violation of all international legitimate resolutions and robs the Arabs, in Jerusalem and in Palestine in general, as well as Arabs in the occupied Syrian Golan Heights and the remaining part of Lebanese land under occupation, of their rights.

He said the Israeli government's repressive policy, including the killing of Palestinian children, organised assassination and the use of advanced and sophisticated weapons to kill, maim and destroy Palestinian lives and properties, in addition to the building of Jewish settlements, the seizure of Palestinian lands, constitute a stark violation of human rights and represent another form of racial discrimination. "The UAE therefore, pleads with the conference to translate in its final document the sufferings of the victims of racial discrimination, including the Palestinian people,” Al Dhahiri said, adding "We demand from the international community an international protection for the Palestinians, the elimination of all discriminatory laws and legislations, to bring an end to racial practices against the Palestinians and to enable them exercise their basic rights, including the rights to live with dignity, freedom, the rights of return for Palestinian refugees and self determination,” he said, adding "The ratifying of the Durban Conference document without any discrimination to the victims of racial discrimination, whoever they are, will contribute positively to the success of the conference, which will also reflect positively on the international efforts to fight all forms racism and racial discrimination.” (The Emirates News Agency, WAM)


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