The UAE rejects the decision of the European Parliament

The UAE rejects the decision of the European Parliament
The UAE rejects the decision of the European Parliament

The United Arab Emirates expressed its rejection of the resolution adopted this week in the European Parliament regarding it. This came in a statement by the Director of the Human Rights Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Saeed Al-Habsi. The statement said: “We strongly reject the allegations contained in the text, which were previously addressed and rejected as incorrect, moreover, the resolution completely ignores all the important achievements of the UAE in the field of human rights, each country has its own laws and legal institutions, and the UAE constitution enshrines National legislation provides basic rights that provide for the fair treatment of all citizens and residents.

Initiatives

The UAE is fully committed to the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms, and is proud of the progress it has made throughout its history. Being a modern and dynamic country, it is based on updating special laws and practices in this regard, in line with international best practices on an ongoing basis. Notable progress in the field of promoting and protecting the rights of workers, women and children, working to promote greater religious tolerance, and providing international humanitarian aid, with investments in health, education, economic empowerment, and security initiatives at home and abroad.

top priority

The UAE is considered a pioneer in the field of protection and promotion of human rights. It also has a track record of outstanding achievements in this field. The state places a high priority on the values ​​of respect for civil, political, economic, social and cultural human rights, deriving this from its cultural heritage and constitution, which guarantees civil liberties for all, and its system. Legislative, which promotes the principles of justice, equality and tolerance, and criminalizes all practices of hatred and discrimination. The UAE also follows a proactive and advanced approach in the field of human rights represented in the significant progress in the field of promoting and developing legislation, plans and programs in this regard, and the state spares no effort in issuing guarantee legislation to promote and support Human rights, the most important of which are combating human trafficking, laws related to women’s rights, protection of the rights of expatriate workers, people of determination and protection of children and the elderly.

national body

Last month, His Highness Sheikh , President of the State, may God protect him, issued Federal Law No. (12) of 2021, regarding the National Human Rights Authority, and the body shall have an independent legal personality, and enjoy financial and administrative independence in the exercise of its functions. Its main office is in the capital, Abu Dhabi, and it may open branches and establish offices in other emirates.

Competitiveness Indicators

The National Human Rights Committee in the country is currently launching a consultative process to promote and develop the protection of human rights, which is the next step for the UAE in its quest to plan for the next fifty years. Civil society and other relevant bodies, to ensure that they contribute effectively to presenting diverse perspectives, embodying the state’s vision for the future.

Many specialized international institutions rank the UAE among the top five globally in a set of competitiveness indicators related to the attractiveness of the work environment and ease of employment. , including in the areas of employment, wages, housing and health. The UAE has also signed several memoranda of understanding with the countries to which workers belong, with the aim of enhancing cooperation in protecting their rights in the UAE.

At the local level, the UAE is constantly working to enhance labor protection. In 2017, the state implemented extensive measures to support domestic workers under Federal Law No. 10 of 2017, ensuring the right of individuals to keep personal documents and passports, to change employers more easily, and to obtain On paid leave, insurance and accommodation.

Women’s Empowerment

In the field of women’s empowerment, gender equality in the UAE is of paramount importance, with women’s full participation in all aspects of civil and political life. The state constitution guarantees equal rights between men and women, and federal laws provide for equal wages between the public and private sectors. Women in the UAE occupy leadership positions in society, and the Council of Ministers includes a third of its members are women, which is one of the highest percentages in the Middle East, and women make up half of the number of members of the Federal National Council after the 2019 elections.

The UAE is committed to the freedom to practice worship and to provide a suitable environment for coexistence between all religions, as more than 200 nationalities live in the UAE. In February 2019, His Holiness Pope Francis visited the UAE on his first visit to the Arabian Peninsula, and this visit led To sign the Human Fraternity Document with His Eminence the Grand Imam, Dr. Ahmed Al-Tayeb, Sheikh of Al-Azhar Al-Sharif. In February 2019, the UAE announced that it would build the Abrahamic Family House, a building dedicated to religious coexistence, which will include a mosque, a church and a synagogue on the same site.

help

In the field of humanitarian aid, the UAE is one of the largest providers of humanitarian aid in all parts of the world, and works with its international partners to promote and protect human rights in all countries of the world. The UAE hosts the International Humanitarian City in , which is the largest center for humanitarian relief and aid in the world, and through More than 40 Emirati donors, the UAE provided 28.6 billion dirhams ($ 7.8 billion) as aid to more than 42 developing countries in 2018.

Since the emergence of the “Covid 19” pandemic, the UAE has played a leading role in keeping supply chains open, and sending medical and food aid to the affected countries, and so far, the UAE has provided aid to more than 135 countries, and has helped more than 2.2 million medical professionals in the whole world.

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