He highlighted the UAE’s efforts to increase protection of women and workers in the region, and noted that “we will soon be enacting a law to enhance protection for domestic workers [and] we acknowledge that more needs to be done. We consider this area to be an evolving challenge that I assure you, we will continue to address”.
“Grave and massive violations…should represent an urgent priority”: Saudi Chairman of Human Rights at the 25th Session of the Human Rights Council
Dr. Al Aiban said that his government is “pressing ahead towards achieving its commitments in the field of human rights”, and reiterated the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s support for “local, regional, and international UN organs and mechanisms…in particular the Human Rights Council.”
Emirates News Agency reported that H.E. Ambassador Obaid Al Zaabi called upon Ambassadors of countries in the MENA region to consider the importance of human rights training, and the role that education can play in the development of a healthy and open society.
Kuwaiti Ambassador H.E Jamal Al-Ghoneim observed that the Geneva Centre’s training programs “reflect the ambitions of students from the Gulf to highlight the universality of human rights, and to show that human rights are fully consistent with Islamic cultures and traditions”.
Emaratalyoum news agency has expressed its approval of the Geneva Centre’s human rights training programs, and reports that negative stereotyping of the MENA region by the Global North, and vice versa, can be addressed through human rights education which stresses the universality of all rights.