Anwar Gargash highlights the UAE's human rights vision

Diplomatic adviser to UAE President Sheikh Khalifa reflects on key work being carried out to advance human rights in the Emirates

Dr Anwar Gargash, Diplomatic Adviser to President Sheikh Khalifa, is a driving force behind the UAE's human rights strategy. The National
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Anwar Gargash, Diplomatic Adviser to UAE President Sheikh Khalifa, highlighted the crucial work being carried out to champion human rights in the UAE.

Dr Gargash plays a pivotal role in developing the country's National Human Rights Action Plan.

In December, the National Human Rights Committee launched the first stage of a consultative process to prepare the plan.

On Thursday, Dr Gargash called on his 1.3 million Twitter followers to learn about the committee's efforts.

He shared a post from the official Twitter account of the National Human Rights Committee, which was set up in May.

"The UAE attaches great importance to the human rights file, and social media is our window for information and the committee’s website is a bridge of communication covering its work and activities," Dr Gargash said.

The 1993 Paris Principles, adopted by the UN General Assembly, encourages countries to establish national human rights institutions based on an internationally recognised set of standards for credibility, independence and effectiveness.

In April, the Federal National Council approved a law establishing the National Commission for Human Rights in the UAE.

Dr Gargash called it an "important step towards strengthening the human rights file in the country and a building block on the road to celebrating the 50 years" since the UAE was founded.

The FNC session was presided over by Speaker Saqr Ghobash and Minister of State Khalifa Al Marar, who said establishing the commission will strengthen the UAE’s efforts in fighting discrimination and its commitment to international human rights treaties.

“There is no doubt that establishing such an authority will strengthen the culture of tolerance and coexistence, and the country’s efforts towards protecting human rights,” Mr Al Marar said.

Updated: July 08, 2021, 2:36 PM