WORLD CAPITALS, December 23, 2021 (WAM) – International organizations have welcomed the establishment of the National Human Rights Institution (NHRI) in the United Arab Emirates as an independent entity in accordance with the Paris Principles to promote and to ensure the protection of human rights in accordance with international best practices. The heads of these organizations issued separate statements in which they welcomed the formation of the NHRI and the appointment of its board of directors from qualified Emirati executives with long experience in the field.
Councilor Issa Rashid Al Arabi, President of the Arab Federation for Human Rights (AFHR), said the establishment of the NHRI in the UAE was a big step, noting that it reflected the concern for wise leadership of the United Arab Emirates to ensure respect for human rights, and its firm belief in the importance of promoting human values.
He added that the move illustrates the UAE’s readiness to strengthen and deepen its partnership with the international community to promote human values, and strengthens the UAE’s role as a champion of human rights. man, especially as they are preparing to assume their responsibilities as a member of the United Nations. Rights Council for the 2022-2024 legislature.
The President of AFHR explained that the deliberate process adopted to select the Board of Directors of the NHRI and have it combine national and international expertise is a qualitative step that will help to strengthen the United Arab Emirates’ global position and their efforts to protect human rights.
Lawyer Ala Chalabi, president of the Arab Organization for Human Rights, an entity with an advisory capacity to the United Nations, welcomed the establishment of the institution, stressing that it will contribute to the safeguard of human rights. human rights in the United Arab Emirates and throughout the Persian Gulf. Region.
Dr Amjad Shamout, former head of the Arab League Standing Committee on Human Rights, who is also the chairman of the Al-Jisr Al-Arabi Human Rights Center in Jordan, said the establishment of INDH is a qualitative addition to the efforts made. in the field of human rights in the Emirates which reflects the strong will of the leadership of the United Arab Emirates to prioritize human rights and ensure that all who live in the country enjoy the same rights without any discrimination .
He added that the move corroborates the leading role the UAE is playing regionally and internationally and motivates other countries to follow suit.
Ayman Nasri, head of the Arab-European Forum for Dialogue and Human Rights, another body with consultative capacity at the UN, said the formation of the NHRI is a step forward towards strengthening of cooperation between local and international human rights agencies and organizations which will significantly contribute to the establishment of human rights organizations capable of communicating effectively with the international community.
“The NHRI will help present the UAE’s human rights case in a transparent manner to the international community and to the permanent members of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in accordance with internationally recognized best practices.
“By creating the NHRI, the political leaders of the UAE reaffirm the importance of empowering specialized national councils to be a key tool for international organizations to assess the human rights situation in states members of the UN, ”he added.
Khalid Al Ajami, Chairman of the Board of the Kuwait Human Rights Society, noted that the establishment of the NHRI is a step in the right direction towards strengthening human rights initiatives. taken by the United Arab Emirates in accordance with the determination of its leaders to promote rights as a continuation of the efforts launched by Founding Father Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.
For his part, Mohamed Fazie ‘, the former chairman of the Arab League Human Rights Committee, commended the UAE for the formation of the NHRI, which he described as the culmination of the efforts. diligent efforts deployed by the United Arab Emirates for many years to protect the dignity and empowerment of human capital being the backbone of sustainable development.
Dr Abduljabbar Ahmed Al-Tayeb, president of the Bahrain Jurists Society, another entity with consultative status with the UN, said the concern of UAE leaders to ensure that 50 percent of NHRI members are women, in accordance with the Paris Principles, reflects the pioneering role played by women in the United Arab Emirates.
It is worth mentioning that President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan enacted Federal Law No. 12 of 2021 on the National Human Rights Institution (NHRI).
Article 3 of the law stipulates that the institution must be an independent legal person, endowed with financial and administrative autonomy in the exercise of its functions, activities and powers.
According to Article 4, the NHRI aims to promote and protect human rights and fundamental freedoms in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution of the United Arab Emirates, laws and legislation in force in the United Arab Emirates, as well as relevant international conventions.