ABU DHABI // Representatives of the European Commission yesterday praised the UAE's efforts to build on the protection of human rights, create awareness of human rights issues and spread a culture of protection.
Commission delegates met members of the Emirates Association for Human Rights at the association's headquarters in Rashidiya, Dubai, where they were briefed on various initiatives to strengthen legislation, improve enforcement of human rights codes and inform the public.
Mohammed Hussein Al Hammadi, deputy chairman of the Emirates Association for Human Rights, said a major difference between the UAE and other countries was the engagement between the leadership and citizens coupled with the leadership's responsiveness to citizens' needs and demands.
Mr Al Hammadi called on authorities and entities issuing human rights reports relating to the UAE to be flexible, and urged them to verify the accuracy of the information they receive, while keeping in mind that the UAE enjoys a well-respected reputation that surpasses many countries around the world in the field of human rights.
He also called for the Emirates Association for Human Rights to be involved in these reports as a credible, neutral party.
The European delegation included Adam Kolach, non-resident ambassador to the European Commission.
Mr Kolach praised the UAE's efforts at human rights protection and ensuring the prosperity and satisfaction of nationals and residents of the UAE, and described the human rights situation in the country as "very positive".
He also encouraged the association to visit the EU Commission's regional headquarters in Saudi Arabia to better coordinate between the two organisations.
* This article has been updated from the original in which we said EU Parliament members Silvia-Adriana Ticau, Ana Gomes and Nicole Sinclaire were in a delegation that visited the Emirates Human Rights Association. The three did not come to the UAE with ambassador Adam Kulach, who met members of the association.