Interior Ministry strategy to fight discrimination

ABU DHABI — A new internal security strategy launched recently by the Ministry of Interior is set to fight ethnic discrimination or any sort of underestimation of others on the basis of tribalism and other sectarian ideologies.

By Muawia E. Ibrahim

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Published: Mon 4 Apr 2005, 10:41 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 6:58 PM

The five-year strategy, launched by Lt. General Shaikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Interior, calls on all the staff of the ministry’s departments to shoulder their responsibility of spreading the culture of dialogue and consultation in society. It urged them to create an atmosphere where people will accept each other’s opinions openly, calling on them to start with themselves first.

“In order to translate this concept into reality, all police personnel at the ministry’s departments should respect others’ opinions at their workplace. They should not suppress others opinions, ideas and suggestions, or marginalise them on the basis of racial or cultural considerations, or rank, tribe, or any other sectarian ideologies, as this will block emergence of new ideas,” the strategy states.

The strategy said although the UAE police had, from the outset, opened the door for dialogue and consultation among people in society, the enormous progress in the society over the past decade placed a huge responsibility on the shoulder of the police to make the tools of dialogue more effective. “The responsibility is even bigger when it comes to developing more effective tools of consultative communication with society, either through direct dialogue with a specific segment of society, including arranged and casual meetings etc.. or through questionnaires, telephone, internet, etc.,” the strategy notes.

“Since the police security institution calls for respect of human rights in society, acting on the basis of equal opportunities is nothing but a translation of the principle of human rights into action,” the strategy urged. It said all policies, procedures and practices of the police agencies should not contradict with the principles of human rights. “Any person has the right to thought, life, and work, regardless of his race, colour, religion, sect, culture, or political ideology,” it noted.

The seven-point strategy, which will cater to national security between 2005 and 2010, is aimed at ensuring a safer society, keeping order and security, reducing crime and fear of crime, and contributing to the delivery of justice in a way which secures and maintains public confidence. It aims at maintaining the rule of law and high status of the state by creating operationally effective safety and security services.

In his remarks while launching the strategy, Lt-Gen Shaikh Saif said: “The plan was not just a well-drafted document, but it will be a lifestyle for the Ministry of Interior for the next five years.” He said the strategy is the outcome of a relentless effort by everyone. “However, the challenge is beyond the limits of the document in our hands today. The implementation of this seven-point strategy will be our concern and goal.” It took the ministry’s experts one year to develop the 2005-2010 strategy, which has been launched under the theme ‘Security and Safety First’.

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