UAE was ranked first
among Arab countries, and (14th) globally with a percentage of (71.15%) in the
index of fundamental rights, launched by the “Global Network for Rights and
Development” in October 2013, which is the international benchmark for
fundamental rights, which includes (21) human rights, including the assessment
of human rights and respect for these rights throughout its territory
geographically and outside its borders and in its dealings with citizens and
Minister of State
for Foreign Affairs, Dr. “Anwar Mohammed Gargash”, said in his speech recently
before the (15) session of the universal
periodic review mechanism of the human rights of the “Human Rights Council” at
the “United Nations”, that the UAE attaches great importance to the universal
periodic review process as a mechanism adopted by the “United Nations” for the
constructive review of the performance of all States in the area of human
rights, and to promote human rights throughout the world in an interactive
dialogue to exchange views, experiences and best practices for the promotion
and protection of human rights. Through improving education and health-care
systems and focusing on community development and the development of government
services so as to enhance the prestige of the State, and the elaboration of
principles to ensure a favorable environment for mothers and children and
ensure their right to survival, development, health and education.
The UAE recognized
the “Universal Declaration of Human Rights" with its (30) articles, and
always refers to it in all human rights reports, as well as most of the articles
provided are listed in the State's Constitution and laws. The UAE has also
ratified several international conventions on the elimination of all forms of
racial discrimination, and they formed a Standing Committee for follow-up to
the report of the International Bill of Human Rights.
The General Assembly
of the “United Nations” declared in 1950, the (10th) of December, “Human Rights
Day”, in order to call the world’s attention to the “Universal Declaration of
Human Rights” as a common standard of achievement for all peoples and nations.
This year marks the (20th) anniversary of the establishment of the mandate of
the “High Commissioner for Human Rights” established for the promotion and
protection of all human rights.
The State has
developed a coherent system of national policies and strategies that seek to
promote human rights and fundamental freedoms with the “Vision 2021” on top,
and to implement this vision "UAE Government strategy 2011-2013” was
adopted, the strategy focuses on the core areas of work and performance of the
Government and put first in its priorities providing the finest levels of
prosperity and a decent life for citizens, through better education, health
care and a focus on community development and the development of government
services so as to enhance the standing of the State.
With regard to
gender equality, the State has paid attention to the empowerment of women and
ensured their proper status in society. With the participation of women in
higher education reaching (95%) for female students with (80%) of male
students, from high school graduates. Women represent (70%) of college
graduates in the State.
UAE confirms the
importance of strengthening the institutional frameworks that would promote and
protect human rights, and in this regard was the establishment of several
government departments and agencies at the Federal, State and local levels, the
“Federal National Council” also established a Standing Committee on human
rights to study the legislation in accordance with international and
constitutional perspective on human rights, as well as communication and
consultation with civil society organizations.
Human Rights Association" was established to assist the State and all
segments of society, Government and private institutions in maintaining human
rights and raising public awareness of their rights and obligations, through
community initiatives and field visits by members of the Association or
delegations which are received from all international organizations concerned
with human rights.