A national human rights commission will be formed in the United Arab Emirates after the Federal National Council (FNC) gave the green signal to a federal draft law on Tuesday evening. The commission will focus on protecting human rights and freedom, in agreement with the provisions of the UAE constitution, laws and legislation, and the relevant international charters, covenants and agreements. In order to achieve the aforementioned objectives, a body called National Commission for Human Rights will be formed, in order to fortify the position of the UAE in regional and international forums in the field of human rights, reported Khaleej Times.
Moreover, the human rights commission will work with relevant authorities towards forming a national action plan to promote and protect human rights in the country and propose a mechanism for its implementation. It will work to spread the culture of human rights in the UAE and educate members of the society about it, submit proposals and recommendations and give advice to various authorities in everything that would promote and protect human rights.
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Khalifa Shaheen Al Marar, Minister of State said, “The commission will help in the application of international standards, and will push the country to achieve advanced ranks in the global competitiveness record, which is the government’s goal in raising the reputation and stature of the UAE.” He mentioned the UAE government remains adamant in its efforts to develop and toughen its legislative and normative system in the field of human rights, while also continuously working for the rights of senior citizens, women empowerment, children rights, people of determination and labour rights. “The National Commission for Human Rights will strengthen the role of national mechanisms concerned with the protection of human rights,” Marar concluded.