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Human rights are 'a priority in UAE'

posted on 27/09/2007: 1021 views



The UAE shares the universal core values that make the elimination of human trafficking a number one priority, acting comprehensively on the levels of prosecution, protection and prevention, a top official has said.

Dr Anwar Mohammad Gargash, Minister of State for Federal National Council Affairs, told officials from the US State Department on Tuesday the UAE, like many other developed societies, suffers from this issue and is deeply concerned for human trafficking victims.

The US delegation was headed by Ambassador Dr Mark P. Lagon, Director of the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (TIP) and Senior Advisor to the Secretary of State, and Ambassador Michelle Sison, US Ambassador to the UAE, with US Consul General to Dubai, Paul Sutphin.

Dr Gargash, also Chair of the National Committee to Combat Human Trafficking, outlined for the US delegation the core areas in which the UAE is focusing its resources on including implementation of Federal Law No. 51 (2006) and creation of a victim support network.

The establishment of the Dubai Shelter for Women and Children was commended by Dr Gargash as an important initiative that can be replicated across the country. The shelter reinforces the UAE's efforts to address the needs and rights of victims. The US delegation commended the significant commitment and goodwill of the UAE leadership towards fighting human trafficking and offered to share their expertise in combating trafficking with the UAE. Dr Gargash also discussed labour regulations enacted by UAE to penalise labour violations and prevent the exploitation of migrant workers. (Gulf News)

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