Al Qassim lauds UAE win of UNHRC seat as vote of confidence in its bright human rights record

GENEVA, 30th October, 2015 (WAM) – Dr. Hanif Al Qassim, Chairman of the Board of Management of Geneva Centre for Human Rights Aancement and Global Dialogue, said the UAE’s win of a second three-year term membership of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), starting from the beginning of 2016, reflected the international community confidence in the active role the UAE plays in humanitarian works and respect for human rights.
”The UAE has set an unparalleled model for promoting values of tolerance, and people-to-people cooperation and solidarity. The UAE applies an excellent approach for hosting more than 200 different multi-cultural and multi-ethnic nationalities. The UAE was ranked top globally in peaceful co-existence among different nationalities in accordance with the annual report of 2014 issued by the International Organisation for Peace, Care and Relief of the United Nations,” he noted.
The UAE win, he added, was well deserved given its tremendous achievements locally and internationally and came to challenge the smear campaign it faced from those envied it for the prominent standing regionally and globally.
The UNHRC, composed of 47 members, is an inter-governmental body within the UN system responsible for strengthening the promotion and protection of human rights around the globe, and for addressing situations of human rights violations and making recommendations on them.
The Council’s membership is based on equitable geographical distribution and seats are distributed as follows: 13 seats for African States, 13 seats for Asian States, 8 seats for Latin American and Caribbean States, 7 seats for Western European and other States, and 6 seats for Eastern European States.