x Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 20 July 2017

UAE's rights report to go before UN

UAE to present its second national report on human rights in Geneva this week.

The UAE will present its second national report on human rights to the United Nations at a meeting in Geneva this week.

At the 15th session of the UN  Human Rights Council's Universal Periodic Review, a delegation from the Emirates headed by Dr Anwar Gargash, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, will highlight work towards fulfilling recommendations made after the first review in 2008.

"I welcome this opportunity for dialogue on these important issues as well as the chance to show what strong and concerted action the UAE has taken to promote human rights," said Dr Gargash.

The report highlights the steps taken to enhance the legislative and institutional structure for protecting human rights, strengthen partnership with non-governmental organisations, develop effective awareness programmes, and deepen co-operation with other countries.

In 2009, the UAE ratified a protocol to prevent, suppress and punish the trafficking of women and children. The UAE ratified the UN convention on the rights of people with disabilities in 2010.

To improve the economic and social rights of citizens in remote areas, the President, Sheikh Khalifa, ordered a number of infrastructure, social and health projects.

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