Consideration of the Universal Periodic Review outcome of United Arab Emirates (A/HRC/28/14)
Agenda Item:6 - Universal periodic review
29 June, 2018
Joint statement by: International-Lawyers.Org and Geneva International Centre for Justice (GICJ)
We welcome United Arab Emirates acceptance of most of the recommendations made in the review cycle and the efforts it has made to balance security concerns with its international human rights obligations.
We believe that the Acceleration of steps to ratify core international human rights treaties, including the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights will make the UAE more committed to Human rights.
We call on the UAE to establish a moratorium on the death penalty, as a step towards the complete abolition of this practice.
We also encourage the UAE to quickly take concrete measures to ensure the right to freedom of expression, and review legislation preventing the exercise of the right to freedom of expression and to establish in national legislation the right to information, and mechanisms to guarantee its full respect and protection in the country.
We note that the UAE were developing procedures for investigating cases in line with the nature and needs of children, but we appreciate if the State develops specific operational policies to protect children from the risks of sexual harassment and abuse.
Thank you, Mr. President.