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UAE celebrates International Human Rights Day

Published On 09 Dec 2017

ABU DHABI | GULF NEWS | This year marks the 70th anniversary of International Human Rights Day, when in 1948 the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

As the UAE celebrates this momentous occasion on December 10 Sunday), here is a look at some of the nation’s achievements in the human rights arena.

Throughout its young history, the UAE has followed the principles of justice and equality, respect for human rights, humanitarian aid and relief action in line with the principles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Since its inception, the nation has ensured the founding of a tolerant and multicultural community in which individuals from across the world live in harmony, guaranteeing via its Constitution, their civil liberties.

The UAE has accorded the values of respect for human rights a high priority and is committed to continuous improvements in its laws and practices, deriving from its cultural heritage and religious values, which enshrine the principles of justice, equality and tolerance.

The UAE’s efforts in the human rights sector are reflected in the nation’s global recognition and position in international arenas. In 2012, it was elected a member of the United Nations Human Rights Council for a three-year term from 2013 to 2015 and was re-elected by the UNGA for a second time from 2016 to 2018, in which the UAE actively participated in the council’s work to advance human rights globally.

As a member of the UN-Women Executive Board — made up of representatives from 41 member states elected to three-year terms by the UN Economic and Social Council — the UAE works in close partnership with member nations to help accelerate progress towards achieving and sustaining gender equality and the empowerment of women. The UAE has, since 2012, supported the UN Women Fund with over $12 million.

Fighting Extremism

In the fight against terrorism and violent extremism, the UAE has contributed to the creation and support of many intellectual strategies that aim to refute radical thought and spread religious tolerance globally.

In addition to its co-chairmanship of the Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) Working Group as part of the Global Counterterrorism Forum, the UAE also hosts ‘Hedayah’, the International Centre of Excellence for Countering Violent Extremism in Abu Dhabi, considered as a key operational delivery arm for the Forum’s CVE efforts.



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