UN team briefed on role of police rights body

DUBAI - A senior UN delegation was on Saturday introduced to the strategy being implemented by the Human Rights Care Council (HRCC), set up recently by Dubai Police, as the council moved ahead with plans to reduce the number of cases typically referred to courts of law by reaching amicable solutions to problems.

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Published: Sun 8 Feb 2004, 11:37 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 1:37 PM

The delegation included Dr Amin Makki Madani, regional representative of the UN High Commisioner for Human Rights, and Nizar Abdul Qadir Saleh, a human rights expert at the world body. Lieutenant General Dhahi Khalfan Tamim, Commander-in-Chief of Dubai Police, reviewed with the UN officials different topics related to human rights and major steps taken by the UAE in this respect.

The meeting, held in Dubai, was attended by Lieutenant Colonel Dr Mohammed Al Murr, Head of the Hunman Rights Administration at Dubai Police. The UN officials, who visited the offices of the human rights unit at the police headquarters, were given a brief on the history of the young administration and its achievements since its inception till the time the Human Rights Care Council was formed in Dubai at the instructions of Lt.-Gen. Dhahi. The police chief explained that the primary objective was to spread the culture of human rights in the community. He said the council would also take part in international conferences and seminars to explain the views of the UAE and to benefit from the experience of other countries.

Answering questions by the two UN officials which touched on specific details in the field of human rights, Lt.-Col. Al Murr explained the roles played by his administration and its various sections at police stations in the emirate as well as at Dubai International Airport. He said the aim was to solve problems amicably without having to refer cases to courts of law.

He said only crimes or rights feared to be lost, or intricate cases, are referred to judicial authorities.

He said the section also offers legal advice to people and explain their rights to them. Members of the HRCC on January 20 accepted their new responsibilities, at the helm of which is to spread the culture of human rights in the community.

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