During HRC general discussions, panel debates and interactive dialogues with the Special Procedures, during the past three years, either as an HRC member or not, the State has joined:
Regional or subregional
Overall, as a HRC member, has participated in more than 10% of panel discussions, general debates and interactive dialogues.
Longest visit request not (yet) accepted by the State >
SR on education, 2005
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) tabled voluntary pledges and commitments in support for its candidacy for membership for the period 2013-2015 on 13 March 2012.
Internationally, UAE pledged to strengthen technical and substantive cooperation with OHCHR; continue its financial support to OHCHR; strengthen cooperation with the Council and its mechanisms; provide support to other countries to help them develop legislation and systems to end human trafficking; amend its own national laws to bring them into line with international standards on human trafficking; and promote cooperation with countries that export labour.
Domestically, UAE committed to: pursue legislative and other reforms to bring national laws into line with international standards (though only where such standards are ‘in line with the cultural values of the UAE’); improve its child protection system; better protect women’s rights; improve labour standards, including for expatriate workers; study the possibility of establishing a national human rights institution; conduct human rights training courses for law enforcement agencies; promote dialogue with civil society as a way of following up on the implementation of UN recommendations; and develop a concrete national strategy on promoting a culture of human rights.
An analysis of steps taken by UAE in fulfilment of its international level pledges shows that it has continued to make contributions to OHCHR (e.g. US$1.5 million in 2013). Notwithstanding, the level of contributions has decreased since 2013. UAE has responded to 16 out of the 24 communications it received. UAE has facilitated 4 out of 12 visit requests.