National Human Rights Institution Participates As Observer A…


(MENAFN – Emirates News Agency (WAM))

GENEVA, 18th July, 2022 (WAM) — A delegation from the National Human Rights Institution (NHRI) attended the session of the United Nations Committee against Torture held at the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva, Switzerland, July 12-15, to discuss the UAE report.

The delegation, led by Maqsoud Kruse, President of the INDH, participated as an observer in the meetings of the United Nations anti-torture body concerned with the examination of the national report of the United Arab Emirates on the implementation of its obligations under the Convention against Torture and Other Cruelty, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, and strengthening of its relevant obligations in light of the State’s accession in 2012.

The delegation included Fatima Al Kaabi, vice-president of the INDH; Mohamed Al Hammadi, President of the Civil and Political Rights Committee; Maryam Al Ahmadi, President of the International Relations and Non-Governmental Organizations Committee and Dr. Saeed Al Ghfeli, Secretary General of the INDH.

Maqsoud Kruse confirmed that the INDH participated in the meetings as an observer, as it is an independent entity responsible for monitoring the improvement and development of practical measures taken to achieve the highest standards in response. international human rights priorities and obligations. and freedoms, and in a way that contributes to promoting fundamental rights and freedoms, respecting the rule of law and guaranteeing justice, equality and non-discrimination for all.

He explained that the meetings, which included an official delegation from the United Arab Emirates, and members of the committee responsible for discussing the country’s national report on the implementation of the Convention against Torture, where he reviewed the efforts national bodies and exchanged best practices related to the implementation of the Convention against Torture, identifying State efforts and initiatives in this regard, and building capacity by increasing awareness and knowledge of the normative framework of the International Convention against Torture.

Kruse added that the meetings also addressed the scope of legal and judicial procedures that make international standards an integral part of national anti-torture strategies.

He underlined that the National Human Rights Institution’s compliance with its international human rights obligations testifies to its concern to promote its cooperation with United Nations bodies, mechanisms and committees concerned with human rights and to provide the necessary support to carry out their tasks and activities, and confirms its commitment to continue to serve as a model of change and leadership in the region and an active member of the community which works to advance human rights standards and to promote and align them with international standards.

The Committee against Torture monitors the adherence of States Parties to the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, which currently has 173 States Parties. The Committee is composed of 10 members who are independent human rights experts from around the world, who serve in their personal capacity and not as representatives of States parties. The Committee’s concluding observations are an independent assessment of states’ compliance with their human rights obligations under the treaty.

Kruse clarified that the NHRI will seek, as part of its concern for human rights, to study the outcome document to be released by the UN anti-torture committee at the end of its review of the national report. of the State, and its observations and recommendations relating to the improvement of the State’s commitment to the Convention against Torture, in a way that contributes to the monitoring of the full implementation of all the provisions of the Convention.

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