Increase in rights cases in Dubai

DUBAI - An increase in the cases investigated by the Human Rights Care Administration in Dubai, totalling 270 cases in 2003, is a healthy sign that people are now more aware than ever of their rights, according to a senior Dubai Police officer.

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Published: Sun 22 Feb 2004, 12:15 PM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 2:10 AM

Though some of the complaints lodged with the administration, that is affiliated to Dubai Police, are trivial and 'not objective', said Lt-Colonel Dr Mohammed Abdullah Al Mur, Director of the Administration.

He added that the surge in the numbers of cases remains an important indicator. He said most of the cases were resolved by the administration amicably. He said the setting up of the Human Rights Council in Dubai recently was a direct result of the increasing awareness on human rights issues.

Wahiba Al Mulla, social worker at the administration, said 240 of the complaints lodged last year were from members of the public. Twenty were classified under 'grievances' and 10 from agencies and establishments. The complaints included 45 from individuals, 91 labour cases, six nuisance cases, three trade disputes, five abrupt and wrongful sackings by employers of their employees, 33 complaints against alleged legal procedures, four rent disputes and 34 financial and insurance disputes. The list of complainants was topped by nationals of Arab countries (92 complainants), followed by Asians (90), UAE nationals (53), Europeans (15), AGCC nationals (eight), Africans (four), America (four) and Australian (two). Another category at the bottom of the list are people who carry no official identity documents (two).

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