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 outstanding country visit request >
SR on education, 2005
Received Sub-Committee visit
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. In terms of UAE’s cooperation with Special Procedures, its responsiveness to communications is quite low (6 out of 23). UAE has facilitated 4 out of 11 visit requests.