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UAE stands ready to back UN human rights body's mission

posted on 08/03/2008: 594 views


Geneva - The UAE affirmed Thursday its full readiness to join hands with mechanisms of the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council to help it deliver its international obligations properly.

'Human rights are still abused across the world since the launch of the Universal declaration of human rights 60 years ago and institution of mechanisms for cooperation among countries of the world in this respect,' said Obeid Salim Al Za'abi, UAE Permanent Ambassador to the Geneva-based UN Headquarters in Europe before the 7th session of the UN Human Rights Council.

He said: 'The Palestinian people are still living under siege and inhuman conditions and are deprived of their basic rights to live and self-determination.

Their basic rights are abused systematically and arbitrarily through frequent assaults by the Israeli military machine as happened in the few past days against the women and children in Gaza Strip,' he told the human rights gathering.

'As we are all striving to create a favourite environment for dialogue among civilisations and advance principles of inter-faith tolerance, we see some circles seeking to desecrate religions and faiths under the slogan of freedom of opinion,' he regretted.

He told the delegates that the UAE had acceded to three core international human rights conventions concerning anti-discrimination, woman and children and signed the International Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities last February.

'We are on the process to complete formalities for signing the United Nations Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment. – Emirates News Agency, WAM

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