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UAE calls for open, transparent dialogue on human rights

Obaid Salem Al Zaabi says the only way to resolve situation in Bahrain is through objective and constructive dialogue

UAE calls for open, transparent dialogue on human rights

The UAE has called for an open, transparent and constructive dialogue between nations and the Human Rights Council (HRC), particularly in relation to Bahrain.

Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, in his statement at the 33rd session of the Human Rights Council , said he was “concerned by harassment and arrests of human rights defenders and political activists, and legislation which enables revocation of citizenship without due process” in Bahrain.

“I urge greater attention to this situation,” the Jordanian official said. “The past decade has demonstrated repeatedly and with punishing clarity exactly how disastrous the outcomes can be when a government attempts to smash the voices of its people.

“Instead of serving them, he authorities of Bahrain would be well advised to comply with the recommendations of the human rights mechanisms and UPR, and engage more productively with my office, as well as with this Council's Special Procedures.”

The UAE's Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Obaid Salem Al Zaabi said that the emirates shares the high commissioner’s concerns about several human rights issues in different parts of the world.

“The current experience shows that there is still a misunderstanding in the areas related to enhancing human rights at the national levels, which led the nations to deem them as interference in their respective internal affairs and a violation of their sovereignty,” Al Zaabi said, according to news agency WAM.

He said he regretted that the high commissioner ignored in his update on the efforts made by Bahrain to provide a rapprochement ground for all parties to overcome this difficult stage.

"Concentrating only on the negative aspects can create a wrong impression that others may exploit to further complicate the situation in Bahrain," Al Zaabi said.

He said the only way to resolve the situation in Bahrain is through objective and constructive dialogue, not confrontational and tense language.

Al Zaabi also renewed the UAE's readiness to co-operate with the high commissioner, through its continuous contributions to the relevant UN funds.