Italy hails UAE's human rights record

Filed on November 6, 2012

Italian Ambassador to UAE Giorgio Starace, on Tuesday said Italy looks at UAE as a model for tolerance in the Arab world, and appreciates the progress achieved so far by the UAE in respect of human rights and religious dialogue.

Following is the statement of the Ambassador of Italy to the UAE:

“In reference to the Resolution of the European Parliament on human rights in the United Arab Emirates dated 26th October 2012, I would like to underline few relevant points.

Italy, as a European Union Funding Member and as an established Western democracy takes into high consideration the role and the independence of the European Parliament and the protection of the Human Rights as crucial aspects.

Yet, we would like to underline that the mentioned Resolution does not reflect the official position of the Italian Government.

It is the result of the activity of an independent and supranational institution such as the European Parliament, where the Parliament Members are elected and organise their activity not on behalf of the national Governments or Parliaments but on the base of their agenda and on the agenda of the European political groups they belong to.

Italy welcomes the development in any form of an intensive and fair dialogue on bilateral as well as on multilateral base with the Governments of the friend countries as we consider the United Arab Emirates. Therefore, the Italian Government will increase its effort in all contexts in order to avoid the consolidation of prejudices and of positions which do not reflect the completeness of the scenario and do not give the possibility to the counterparts to present and disclose in a exhaustive form their point of view.

In the specific case of the UAE, Italy consider this country as a model of tolerance in the Arab world and appreciates the progress so far achieved by the Government of the UAE in the field of the respect of human rights and dialogue with all religions.”

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