Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 20 November 2019

UAE reviews human rights report in Cairo

Delegation reviews report before Arab Human Rights Commission Charter Committee at Arab League headquarters

A UAE delegation presents the country's first periodic report on the Arab Charter of Human Rights before the Arab Human Rights Commission Charter Committee. Wam
A UAE delegation presents the country's first periodic report on the Arab Charter of Human Rights before the Arab Human Rights Commission Charter Committee. Wam

The UAE reviewed its first periodic report on the Arab Charter of Human Rights before the Arab Human Rights Commission Charter Committee on Monday.

The report was presented by Ahmed Al Jarman, assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation for Human Rights and International Law, at the Arab League headquarters the Egyptian capital of Cairo.

On Monday, Mr Al Jarman underlined the UAE’s efforts, over the past five years, to meet the framework outlined in the Arab Charter of Human Rights.

Delegates, including representatives from the Ministry of Health, Interior, Community Development, Human Resources and Justice, pointed to UAE legislation that ensured these rights – including the Anti-Discrimination Act, the Children's Rights Act (Wadeema’s Law), and the UAE Law on Domestic Workers.

Representatives said the UAE has also amended a number of laws, including the Penal Code, to align national legislation with regional and international human rights conventions, reported state news agency Wam.

The Arab Charter on Human Rights is a document containing principles found in the UN Charter and Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It was created by the Arab Human Rights Commission, which was formed by human rights activists in 1998 who sought to ensure human rights across the Arab world. The charter was adopted by the Arab League, of which the UAE is a member, in 2004.

Updated: October 14, 2019 07:59 PM

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