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UAE to present 2nd UPR to UN Human Rights Council next January

WAM Dubai, 20 Dec. 2012 (WAM) — The UAE is bracing to present a comprehensive presentation on human rights before the UN Human Rights Council on 28 January 2013 in Geneva.

The UN human rights body will hold special interactive session to review the UAE’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR).

The UAE Standing Committee for Universal Periodic Review (UPR) held yesterday its 8th meeting to discuss preparations for the UN Human Rights Council session on the UAE UPR.

The committee said the second UAE UPR was presented to the UN body on 22 October 2012.

The report provides detailed information about policies and programmes the UAE has carried out in implementation of recommendations issued after discussion of the 2008 Universal Periodic Review on human rights. The report highlights progress the UAE has made to promote, improve and protect human rights in the period from 2008 to 2012.

The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) is a unique process which involves a periodic review of the human rights records of all 193 UN Member States. The UPR is a significant innovation of the Human Rights Council which is based on equal treatment for all countries. It provides an opportunity for all States to declare what actions they have taken to improve the human rights situations in their countries and to overcome challenges to the enjoyment of human rights. The UPR also includes a sharing of best human rights practices around the globe. Currently, no other mechanism of this kind exists.

The ultimate goal of UPR is the improvement of the human rights situation in every country with significant consequences for people around the globe. The UPR is designed to prompt, support, and expand the promotion and protection of human rights on the ground. To achieve this, the UPR involves assessing States’ human rights records and addressing human rights violations wherever they occur. The UPR also aims to provide technical assistance to States and enhance their capacity to deal effectively with human rights challenges and to share best practices in the field of human rights among States and other stakeholders.

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