A Team from the Human Rights Department at the General Secretariat of the Office of HH Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior recently visited the various police leaders at the ministry and the Naturalization, Residency and Ports Sector, to inquire about the efforts exerted to implement the Ministry’s obligations as per the UAE recommendations within the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of the human rights record, the second of which was adopted by the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in 2013.

The team, which was headed by Colonel Mohamed Ali Al Shehhi, Deputy Director of the Human Rights Department, was briefed on the Ministry of Interior's efforts to implement the recommendations stated in the Universal Periodic Review (UPR). The team was also briefed about the mechanism designed to implement the requirements pertaining to the recommendations by the end of 2016, when the UAE is set to submit its third review to the United Nations’ Human Rights Council.

Colonel Al Shehhi stressed that the concern for human rights is considered one of the most important features that distinguishes the United Arab Emirates. “The Ministry of Interior has worked, through various international, regional and national initiatives, to transform the human rights values into a daily practice within the Ministry. “ Furthermore, the Deputy Director of the Human Rights Department praised the significant attention dedicated by the Ministry of Interior to protect the freedoms, rights and dignity of all society members as guaranteed by the UAE Constitution and laws.

Additionally, Colonel Al Shehhi pointed out that the Department is keen to follow-up on and disseminate the human rights culture within the Ministry of Interior’s different entities, and endeavors to communicate and interact with various government agencies and civil society organizations. “It also monitors and studies the reports prepared by local and international human rights bodies and organizations, and keeps abreast of developments that contribute to promoting the human rights culture in the country in general and within the Ministry’s sectors and entities in particular,” he concluded.

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